I just made an observation this evening and thought I would share it here on the forum. I have had some native Vernonia Ironweed that I planted in my yard. It has never flourished, but has attracted some beautiful butterflies. It has been a very unusual year, weather wise, here. With all the rain we have had this year, the seed has germinated all over the yard. The mature plants must be producing some nice nectar, because my bees are working it like crazy. The hives are about 15 ft away from the Ironweed and this is the first time I have seen them interested in the Ironweed. This is great, because there is nothing out there for the bees to forage at this time. The weather man is predicting another 1-2 inches tomorrow and a high of 77 degrees for August 8th!