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Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-09

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Mystery flowers

These tiny flowers (an inch or less in diameter, about the size of a dime) are fairly common here in Zone 10 (S. California), where they seem to be used as ground cover. So I see them all the time, but have no idea what they are. Maybe someone will recognize them and we can identify yet another mystery flower.

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Erigeron karvinskianus is a useful little groundcover daisy. It fills in nicely under big rose bushes and along garden paths. It will re-seed where it is happy and seems to always be in bloom. It is drought tolerant and the mason bees seems to love it. A good all around plant.

I like its simplicity.

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Submitted by twig on

Thanks for figuring this out, YM and insanely. Fleabane, huh? I've heard of it, but never actually knew what it was, and now I do -- cool! I like the simplicity, too -- kind of old fashioned. And that's great news about the bees. The more I read about bees, the more I want to help them out.

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Submitted by NWLuna on

I started keeping honeybees simply because I'd read an enthralling book about them. There is nothing better than a few minutes sitting next to a happy beehive in summer, listening to the contented busy hummmmmm, as bees fly in and out in honey-scented warm air.

Mason bees are very interesting too. We also have leaf-cutter bees, which cut out amazingly near-perfect circular pieces from certain plants. At first I was irritated that my laurel hedge had so many holes in the leaves, till I found out the "damage" was from bees. I think mason bees sometimes cut circles from leaves also.

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Submitted by twig on

in some of my plant leaves are coming from. I marvel at them every day -- very neatly cut out, especially in the citrus and avocado trees. Wow, I have to look into this more. I wouldn't want to do anything to hurt them, if it is bees. Thanks for the info!