Wild Flora: native plant life in a geographic region
Explore. Learn. appreciate
"The pleasure of a walk in the woods and fields is enhanced a hundredfold by some little knowledge of the flowers we meet at every turn. Their names serve as a clew [sic] to their entire histories, giving us that sense of companionship with our surroundings which is so necessary to the full enjoyment of outdoor life." -How to Know the Wildflowers, 1896
Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis
Western Honey Bee, Apis mellifera
Field arrangement of Ageratum, Goldenrod, False Foxglove, Rabbit Tobacco
Spotted Bee Balm, Monarda punctata
Honey bees "bearding" outside the hive on a hot summer evening.
Why we have the healthiest hives
Our family farm is home to hundreds of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers that offer diverse nectar and pollen sources. It provides a varied diet which is essential for honey bee health, boosting their immune systems and providing various proteins, minerals, amino acids, and lipids necessary for larval development.
We attribute this diverse diet to the fact we have never had to treat for diseases or mites in our ten years of beekeeping. Our honey bees are very healthy. We haven't used any chemicals in our hives, natural or synthetic. We don't need to.
Our Wild Flora Honey is rich with the same beneficial properties for your health.
You can feel good about our honey. Taste the sweetness in every wild drop and know you are getting the benefits of anti-oxidents and phytonutrients.
Wild flora are also a necessary component for a diverse and healthy population of all wild fauna: the insects, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that inhabit our fields and forests.
Wild flora provide nesting habitats, cover, and mast (food). Their fruits, berries, and seeds feed wildlife, including song birds, ducks, quail, deer, and small mammals. In turn, these animals disperse seeds, spreading flora to new places, ensuring a diverse habitat.
Native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers also provide nectar and pollen for insects, hummingbirds, wasps, and native bees. They serve as host plants for many species of butterflies and moths. Oak tree species alone are host to over 500 species of caterpillars.
So get to know your world and learn the names of some of the wild flora and fauna you meet. Apps like iNaturalist, eBird, and others are helpful at identifying species and also allow you to contribute data which is collected for research. They're easy to use and give you info in the field. And you can call yourself a citizen scientist.
Eastern Gray Ratsnake, Pantherophis alleghaniensis