Honey Bee Friendly Flower: Yellow Rocket (Wild Mustard)

June 25th, 2017.

I still think the best way to “save the bees” is not to bother with packs of wild flower seeds. Just take a pile of dirt, leave it alone and let whatever wants to grow in it grow in it. The flowering plants — like wild mustard — that grow in exposed soil are usually more attractive to honey bees and native pollinators than anything I’ve seen come out of seed packets.

I’ve spotted honey bees on this yellow weed that has 10 billion names including wild mustard and Yellow Rocket.

People who know these things refer to it as Barbarea vulgaris.

I’ve added it to my causal list of Honey Bee Friendly Flowers in Newfoundland.

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