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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Plant Spread: 1-2 feet
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Division
Other: Divide every two to three years
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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June Plants for Honey BeesJune Plants for Honey Bees
By Mindy03 on June 2, 2012

Summer is coming, with longer days and hotter temperatures. June is still a great month for honey bees, but they may not produce as much honey as the days get hotter.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 4, 2012 12:26 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 6, 2020 12:06 PM

For best results (if planting more than one of these plants), space each one at least either 1 and half or 2 feet apart from each other.
Landscape uses:
Plant bugloss in a perennial border where the foliage of other plants can mask the space left when it is cut back.

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