Pollinator Plants For Nevada And California Bees

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Pollination is one of the motors of nature’s plant population, and, for centuries, the gardening community has appreciated the critical importance of pollinators. In California, “pollinators” means California native bees, of course, (bees are the most prolific pollinators), but also butterflies, flies, beetles and wasps, among many others. Note that there are a number of different types of bees in California, including bumble bees, long-horned bees, sweat bees, striped bees, furrow bees and mining bees. All are native pollinators. Without pollinators, humans would have many fewer species of plants to feed us. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that the human race requires pollinators if we are to survive. And for pollinators to survive, they need plants. As gardeners in the West, we can facilitate this important relationship by devoting space in our gardens for California native pollinator plants. Nothing will please California native pollinators more than […]

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