Good Plants & Shrubs For Bees


Vetches - (Vicia) is a genus of about 140 species of flowering plants that are part of the legume family (Fabaceae). Member species are native to Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa. It is of historical importance in plant taxonomy as the namesake of the order Fabales, the Fabaceae and the Faboideae. Among the closest living relatives of vetches are the lentils (Lens) and the true peas.

This ancient plant is known to have been cultivated 9,500 years ago, In our time, the common vetch (V. sativa) has also risen to prominence. Together with broad bean cultivars such as horse bean or field bean, the Food and Agriculture Organization includes it among the 11 most important pulses in the world. The main usage of the common vetch is as forage for ruminant animals, both as fodder and legume, but there are other uses, as tufted vetch, V. cracca is grown as a mid-summer pollen source for honeybees.

Yew hedge

Yew - (Taxus baccata), A deciduous conifer grown as a large shrub used in hedging or as a medium sized tree slowly growing 10-20m tall, often found in church yards, some specimens in the UK are over 2,000 years old! The leaves are dark green and the fruit is bright red, most parts of the tree are highly toxic.

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