3 responses to “Helichrysum splendidum”

  1. Nette

    That is a wonderful observation. You never know what other species are drawn to. I don’t know what you mean by a grandiose flower display. Here in No Cal zone 16, I have had trouble getting the bees to pollinate my lemon tree, presumably because of competition from nearby photinias, ligustrums and sedums, all of which have multitudinous, tiny flowers that seem to draw the bees in droves. It’s true that the buzzers also investigate the roses. And hummingbirds visit several times a day to sip from the agapanthus, alstroemeria, callas and crinums. I guess you could say put on a grandiose display. But is there a correlation between such a display and their appeal to pollinators?

  2. arlee

    just found these in Calgary, and the bees love them!

  3. Gabrielle

    It does seem that many flowers which attract pollinators are not necessarily the ones which humans have manipulated to be “showy”. Sometimes in the process of selecting for qualities like color, fragrance, disease resistance, etc., the qualities which make flowers desirable to insects (nectar, pollen) are left out all together.
    Here’s a link to a post about wool-carder bees:
    http://www.honeybeesuite.com/bees-that-attack-honey-bees/

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