Phenology Supplement

Click the photo for more information on each species below. This work is possible through the participation of many Iowans. It will probably develop more slowly than any of us would like because honestly, I’m an active beekeeper before I’m a sit-down deskie.

Prioritizing the work: This page will be sorted alphabetically by common name. I am including phenology of events that cue beekeeping chores and honey production, which may include introduced species, especially trees. Trees tend to be introduced species (and remember that honey bees were introduced as well). They are givens in the system in which we are living. Because of honey crop potential and the impracticality of removing them, I include them here.

And while a plant may bloom at a particular time, it will not be included if it doesn’t help our management or harvest.

honey bee on aster
Aster
Basswood (Linden)
black locust and honey bee (c) 2021 Ella McGuire
Black Locust
Buttonbush
Buttonbush
catalpa flowers
Catalpa
Cup Plant
Cup Plant
edlerberry flowers
Elderberry
elm seed on a violet leaf
Elm
honey bee on goldenrod
Goldenrod
box elder
Maple
partridge pea flower
Partridge Pea
purple prairie clover
Purple Prairie Clover
sumac budburst
Sumac
White Prairie Clover
White Prairie Clover
white sweetclover
White Sweetclover
willow leaves
Willow
yellow sweetclover
Yellow Sweetclover

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number 2020-36840-31522 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number FNC21-1289. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.