Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: What is the best ground cover for honeybees zone 6b Tennessee

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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 6b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Jan 27, 2018 8:46 AM CST
I'm reclaiming six and a half acres of land that was previously mixed Forest it got logged out and now I want to make a honey bee Oasis with honey bee friendly trees and honey bee friendly mixedground cover. The ground cover must also be cow and goat friendly. And non-invasive for the state of Tennessee.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jan 27, 2018 8:54 AM CST
Clover is a favorite of bees. There are probably some that are suitable or native to your state. Native Purple Prairie Clover, Dalea purpurea might be a good choice - good nectar and pollen plus purple is always attractive to bees. It can also be grazed by cattle and wildlife.

Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)
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Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Jan 27, 2018 9:15 AM CST
I second Clover. As an added bonus, it fixes nitrogen in the soil.
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 6, 2018 1:07 PM CST
I third clover. Thumbs up
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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 6b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Mar 7, 2018 8:44 AM CST
wildflowers said:Clover is a favorite of bees. There are probably some that are suitable or native to your state. Native Purple Prairie Clover, Dalea purpurea might be a good choice - good nectar and pollen plus purple is always attractive to bees. It can also be grazed by cattle and wildlife.

Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)


Top bad it's not a ground cover.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Mar 7, 2018 9:24 AM CST
I would get in touch with your local extension service or native plant society. They may have seed sources and/or planting plans. Dandelions are good for bees as well.
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NJ (Zone 7a)
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Invaded
Mar 9, 2018 11:38 AM CST
You could try mountain mint, pycnanthemum species as part of a mix.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 9, 2018 2:30 PM CST
Good choice, Invaded, pollinators love everything Pycnanthemum! Thumbs up

Homeshow, you're right about Purple Prairie Clover but there are other clovers that stay much lower to the ground. Like others said, you probably want a mix to cover all year around...



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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 9, 2018 3:46 PM CST
@homeshow
Check out these links for native ground covers of TN.
https://tynnativeplants.wordpr...
http://www.gardenofaaron.com/2...
http://www.plantnative.org/rpl...
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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 6b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Mar 10, 2018 8:40 AM CST
Bonehead said:I would get in touch with your local extension service or native plant society. They may have seed sources and/or planting plans. Dandelions are good for bees as well.


Agricultural Extension agents up here care about two things apples and beef.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 10, 2018 9:16 AM CST
White clover grows well here and in many parts of US. The bees love it all spring and summer. It's often used for animal forage. White Clover (Trifolium repens)

USDA Plant Fact Sheet - https://plants.usda.gov/factsh...
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