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 ...

  • 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)

Bloom Time Beginning in APRIL

Bloom Time Beginning in MARCH

Phlox 

Weeping Willow 

Wild Columbine

White Sumac

Bee Balm

Beardtongue

Buttonbush

Bloom Time Beginning in MAY

Wild Blackberry

Wild Rose

Black-eyed Susan

PRAIRIE PARKLAND

(TEMPERATE) PROVINCE

part of the Great Plains!

 

Rhu Anemone

Chokecherry Bloom

Eastern Redbud

Maple

Wild Indigo

Henbit

Dandelion

Tickseed

Box Elder

Wild Plum

Hawthorn

Bloom Time Beginning in JUNE

 

Bloom Time Beginning in AUGUST

 

Bloom Time Beginning in JULY

 

Queen Ann's Lace

Spirea

Lead Plant

Purple Coneflower

Red Prairie Coneflower

Purple Prairie Clover

Aster

Prairie Dock

Common Milkweed

(Butterflies)

Ironweed Plant

Gentian

Joe-Pye Weed

New Jersey Tea

Primrose

Violets

Gayfeather

Goldenrod

Cardinal Flower

Prairie Parkland Province

Includes the partial parts of the states of:

 

  • Illinois

  • Iowa

  • Missouri 

  • Indiana

  • Kansas

  • Minnesota 

  • Nebraska

  • Oklahoma

  • North Dakota 

  • South Dakota