Pollinator Plant of the Month – March 2018

March Plant of the month is commonly known as the Blackfoot Daisy.

Generously donated by Painted Flower Farm of Denton, as the plant raffle of the month.

Tickets are $1.00 each or six tickets for $5.00. Funds go towards our scholarship program. The plant will be raffled at our general meeting on March 13, 2018.

As a supporter of the Denton County Beekeepers Association, we encourage all of you to stop by Painted Flower Farm to purchase native and adaptive plants to our area. There are a wide variety of perennials available to support our pollinators. Plants are grown with care to minimize harmful risks to our honey bees and other pollinators alike.

To find out more about Painted Flower Farm click HERE!

Melampodium leucanthum

Blackfoot Daisy, Rock daisy, Plains Blackfoot, Arnica

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

A low, round, bushy plant with flower heads of 8-10 broad white rays surrounding a small yellow central disk. Plains Blackfoot or Blackfoot daisy is a low, bushy, mounded perennial, 6-12 in. tall and twice as wide. It is covered with narrow leaves and 1 in. wide, white, daisy-like flowers. The white rays are toothed at the tips and surround yellow disk flowers. These honey-scented flower heads are solitary and terminal on slender stalks.

 

 

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Dry, rocky, calcareous soils. Rocky, Gravelly Sandy, Limestone-based, Caliche type
Conditions Comments: Blackfoot daisy is a sturdy, mounding plant. It will flourish in rock gardens. It is heat and drought tolerant. Good drainage is essential to its success. In late winter, older plants can be cut back halfway to keep them compact. Rich soil and abundant water will likely produce many more flowers in the short-term, but may consequently shorten the lifespan.

 

Benefit

Use Ornamental: Showy, Rock gardens, Blooms ornamental, Long-blooming
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-insects, Seeds-Granivorous birds
Fragrant Flowers: yes

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March 2018 Guest Speaker

March Guest Speaker: John and Skip Talbert of Sabine Creek Honey Farm

Topic: Varroa destructor

John and Skip Talbert, of Sabine Creek Honey Farm in Josephine, Texas are presenting at the March General Meeting. The topic is Varroa destructor. The Varroa destructor is an external mite that attacks the honey bee. As a beekeeper, Varroa management should be at the top of your list. You need to understand this pest, testing methods, and your options for control. Keeping your mite numbers in check will go a long way towards a healthy hive. Healthy hives go a long way towards honey production.

John Talbert: Founded Sabine Creek Honey Farm in 1985. His passion for the industry is contagious. He took a retirement hobby and turned it into a thriving family business. While building a business in the industry, he has also participated in various capacities to help the industry on a commercial level and for hobby beekeepers. John has served as President and Treasurer for the Collin County Honey Bee Association. He has also served as President and Executive Secretary for the Texas Beekeepers Association. As if this wasn't enough, he has served on a national level as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Beekeeping Federation. His knowledge is vast, and his willingness to share said knowledge with beginner and hobby beekeepers is greatly appreciated by many.

Skip Talbert: Served our country in the U.S. Army for 26 years, and has now come back home to assist his dad in the family business. Skip is active in the CCHBA and TBA, and is just back from the American Beekeeping Federation Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada. Every annual conference is loaded with information concerning Varroa destructor.

For more information on Sabine Creek Honey Farm, click HERE.

DCBA events are posted on our Calendar. To stay informed, click HERE.

 

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