PRAIRIE PARKLAND

(TEMPERATE) PROVINCE

part of the Great Plains!

 

Prairie Parkland Province

Includes the partial parts of the states of:

 

  • Illinois

  • Iowa

  • Missouri 

  • Indiana

  • Kansas

  • Minnesota 

  • Nebraska

  • Oklahoma

  • North Dakota 

  • South Dakota

  • Continental climate with cold winters and hot summers.

  • Moderate amounts of precipitation that occurs mainly during growing season.

  • Mainly plains with areas of low hills, intermingled with dry and moist prairies, and deciduous trees found near water sources, with oak and hickory in abundance, as well as cottonwood and elm.

  • Prairies consisting of medium height grasses: Big and little bluestem, switchgrass, and Indian grass. (These areas are much smaller due to farming and encroaching forests)

Flora and Fauna ...

 

Our geographical area, the Prairie Parkland/Temperate Province, in regards to beekeeping, creates some really wonderful honey, inspite of it's unique challenges (weather changes, for one).

 

This is by no means a complete listing of all the plantings that bees choose to visit throughout our growing seasons, and although beekeeping will not make you an entomologist, master gardner, or a meteorologist, you will gain more knowledge and be more aware of critters, plants and the weather changes in your environment ...

Bloom Time Beginning in MARCH

Phlox 

Weeping Willow 

Rhu Anemone

Henbit

Maple

Wild Indigo

Dandelion

Bloom Time Beginning in APRIL

Tickseed

Chokecherry Bloom

White Sumac

Box Elder

Wild Columbine

Bee Balm

Eastern Redbud

Wild Plum

Bloom Time Beginning in MAY

Beardtongue

Wild Blackberry

Violets

Wild Rose

Primrose

Queen Ann's Lace

Hawthorn

Black-eyed Susan

Bloom Time Beginning in JUNE

 

Spirea

Lead Plant

Red Prairie Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Purple Prairie Clover

Common Milkweed

(Butterflies)

Bloom Time Beginning in JULY

 

Aster

Prairie Dock

Cardinal Flower

Buttonbush

Ironweed Plant

New Jersey Tea

Joe-Pye Weed

Bloom Time Beginning in AUGUST

 

Gentian

Goldenrod

Gayfeather