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Hive Management Calendar


Puget Sound Bee Honey/Pollen Resource List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Researched and compiled by:  Sarah Spear Cooke & Kate McWiggins

 






















































 

 

 

 






















































Species

Common Name

 Nectar 

 Pollen 

 Feb 

 Mar 

 Apr 

 May 

 June 

 July 

 Aug 

 Sept 

Remarks

 






















































Alnus

alder

 

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Medicago sativa

alfalfa

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 






















































Malus sylvestris

apple

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

honey rosy-pink

 






















































Prunus armeniaca

apricot

X

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Asparagusofficinalis

asparagus

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

honey light in color

 






















































Aster

aster

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 






















































Centaurea cyanus

bachelor's button

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

honey yellow-green, strong; nectar sugar as high as 53%

 






















































Berberis

barberry, Oregon grape

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

nectar sugar 40-50%

 






















































Tilia

basswood

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

nectar sugar 35%

 






















































Phaseolus

beans

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 






















































Arctostayphylos columbiana

bearberry

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

honeyamber;excellent flavor

 






















































Monarda

bee-balm

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

honey amber, flavor somewhat strong

 






















































Bidens

beggarticks

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

honey amber, heavy body;granulates slowly

 






















































Betula

birch

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Populus trichocarpa

black cottonwood

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

source of aromatic propolis

 






















































Robinia pseudoacacia

black locust

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

excellent source; nectar sugar 63%

 






















































Rubus laciniatus,leucodermis, procerus,ursinus

blackberry

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

dominant honey source where found

 






















































Kalmiamicrophylla

bog laurel

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

possibly poisonous

 






















































Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Boston ivy

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

honey dark

 






















































Brassica

broccoli, cabbage, arugula, collard, mustard

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

honey granulates rapidly

 






















































Ceanothus

buckbrush

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 






















































Sanguisorba

burnett

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

dominant pollen source where found

 






















































Ranunculus

buttercup

X

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Daucus carota

carrot

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

honey strong--bee feed or bakery stock

 






















































Rhamnus

cascara

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

honey light amber, does not granulate

 






















































Catalpa

catalpa

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

rare plant, profuse honey

 






















































Nepeta cataria

catnip

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

nectar sugar 29%

 






















































Cichorium

chicory

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 






















































Cichorium intybus

chicory

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 






















































Castanopsis chrysophllya

chinquapin

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

dominant pollen and nectar source where found

 






















































Trifolium spp

clover

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 






















































Xanthium

cockleburr

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 






















































Borago officinalis

common borage

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

 






















































Arctium minus

common burdock

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 






















































Stellaria media

common chickweed

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

nectar sugar to 50%

 






















































Zea

corn

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

pollen foraging in a.m.

 






















































Cotoneaster

cotoneaster

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

 

 






















































Crocus

crocus

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Cucumis sativus

cucumber

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

 






















































Ribes

currant

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Taraxacum officinale

dandelion

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

nectar sugar 40-50%

 






















































Lamium purpureum

dead-nettle

X

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Apocynum

dogbane

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 






















































Cornus

dogwood

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 






















































Pseudotsuga menziesii

Douglas fir

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Sambucus cerulea

elderberry (blue)

X

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Ulmus

elm

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Hedera helix

English ivy

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

nectar dark, concentrated

 






















































Robinia

false acacia

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

honey white, fine flavor

 






















































Amsinckia spp

fiddleneck

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Scrophularia

figwort

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 






















































Corylus

filbert

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Epilobium

fireweed

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

a heavy reliable feeder

 






















































Digitalispurpurea

foxglove

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

mostly for bumblebees

 






















































Abelia grandiflora

glossyabelia

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

 






















































Solidago

goldenrod

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

honey golden; not finest flavor

 






















































Gramineae

grass

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

X

 

 






















































Crataegus

hawthorn

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 






















































Caluna spp

heather

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

nectar sugar as high as 72%

 






















































Ericaspp

heather

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Ilexaquifolia

holly

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Althaea rosea

hollyhock

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

nectar sugar 35%

 






















































Gleditsia triacanthos

honey locust

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

not really used for honey

 






















































Lonicera

honeysuckle

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

short-tubed species locally important

 






















































Marrubium

horehound

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

honey dark amber, strong flavor

 






















































Aesculus hippocastanum

horse chestnut

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

nectar sugar 30-75%

 






















































Vaccinium

huckleberry

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 






















































Arctostayphylos uva-ursi

kinnikinnick

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Polygonum

knotweed

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

honey dark, fine quality

 






















































Ledum groenlandicum

labrador tea

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 






















































Lactuca

lettuce

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 






















































Astragalus spp

locoweed

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

may be poisonous

 






















































Lupinus

lupine

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 






















































Arbutus

madrona

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 






















































Acer

maple

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

nectar sugar 26-58%

 






















































Thalictrum

meadowrue

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 






















































Asclepias

milkweed

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

very valuable in some areas

 






















































Montia spp

miner's lettuce

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 






















































Mentha

mint

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

honey amber, low grade

 






















































Convolvulusspp

morning glory

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

 






















































Verbascum spp

mullein

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

 






















































Physocarpus capitatus

ninebark

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Quercus

oak

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Allium spp

onion

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 






















































Fraxinus latifolia

Oregon ash

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 






















































Petroselinium crispum

parsley

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 






















































Lathyrus

pea

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 






















































Prunus persica

peach

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

nectar sugar 30%

 






















































Pyrus communis