Plant ID and bees in Ireland?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by wyvern, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. wyvern

    wyvern New Member

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    I was in Ireland a couple of weeks ago and saw these plants all over everywhere. A lot of them growing wild on the side of the roads. Blooming like crazy in 60 degree weather. Can anyone Id them for me, and are they available in the US? The honey bees that were working them had totally black abdomens. Just out og curiosity, anyone know what breed they are?
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  2. Zulu

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    Obviously a succulent......

    Leaves look like It might be a Sedum....

    No wildflower from Ireland looks like it in my books.

    Will keep looking.
     

  3. Zulu

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    May be Sedum Stardust ?
     
  4. srvfantexasflood

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    I found this websitehttp://www.wildflowersofireland.net
    The flowers are listed by color, which helped tremendously. I found this flowerhttp://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flower=387&wildflower=Stonecrop, English. English Sedum, Sedum angelicum. This might be the flower you are looking for. Or it might be this: http://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flower=388&wildflower=Stonecrop, White. Sedum album. They both bloom in June, which would include the approximate time you were in Ireland. There is also a map that shows where the plant grows.
    Hope this helps.
     
  5. Zulu

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    I found that too , but I think the leaves are different, I still think it might be a Sedum though from the structure of flowers and succulent leaves.
     
  6. ronsin

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    plant shown in photograph is called a hebe <sorry dont know the latin name >they are very common in uk and come in various colours they are a shrub plant and can grow quite large.are as tough as old boots can be pruned well back and will winter well they make a very attractive plant when in full bloom .cuttings very easy to take in fact ive found clippings laying on ground <after pruning>rooted themselves ver popular with the bees
     
  7. Zulu

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    Maybe Hebe Vernicosa...... Wasn't used to seeing succulent type leaves on Hebe's. The ones I was used to we're std leaf types.