In keeping with Monday’s theme of “Plant Adaptation,” here’s a plant that has been bred to have lovely double flowers and variegated leaves. It’s one of my favorites in the garden and I always post about it when it’s in bloom.
As I stood watching, before I took these photos, however, it became obvious to me that the bees had to do quite a bit of extra work to get to whatever pollen was there. And as I watched further, I noticed that they were not coming back out “pollen laden” either.
It’s entirely possible this plant is sterile. I know I don’t find little plants popping up all around it.
But for those that argue that “nativars” (which this is surely NOT) are the same as native plants, perhaps they might want to watch the bees for awhile on them.