5 Beautiful Bee-Attracting Plants You Can Grow In Malta
by Chiara Micallef
Bees. They're not only great at producing honey, but they pretty much play a part in every single aspect of the world's ecosystem. They help flowers and plants grow — meaning that they are responsible for every single thing that we eat — both directly and indirectly.
Finding the right plants to support the local bee population and creating the common bee's heaven may sound like a bit of a hassle, but we're here to help. If you are looking for a selection of plants that will help you create a great variety for local bees, this article was written just for you. Here are 5 beautiful plants that attract bees in Malta.
Bursts of colours abound with these lovely nectar production machines. The Crocus is an early bloomer that adores partial shade. You can plant these showstoppers in bulk in a planter or large pot for a fragrant piece in your outdoor area.
This plant loves well-drained soil and heaps of sun — but not too much. While lavender thrives in certain zones around the world, it needs a good balance of shade and sun in Malta due to the harsh UV rays. Adding these fragrant beauties to your yard or balcony will not just attract bees, but also compliments from visitors and neighbours.
This is a favourite for many bee species. These easy plants can grow almost anywhere and tolerate most soils. Moreover, sunflower seeds are loved by birds as they can provide them with a tasty and much-needed snack. What's not to love?
An easy-to-grow-in-Malta plant, borage is an annual beauty that really knows how to make a statement. These flowering plants can provide you with annual all-year-round flowers and as a bonus, the flowers and leaves can be steamed, sauteed or eaten raw.
5. False Yellowhead
This indigenous plant is known as tullier komuni in Maltese and is very common in the Mediterranean area. It's part of the daisy family and flowers conspicuously during late September and October.
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