Saw ‘Pollinator’ Palmetto

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Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) flowers attract more than 300 species of pollinators according to Dr. Mark Deyrup of Archibold Biological Station. From saw palmetto European honeybees (Apis mellifera) produce an excellent non-granulating honey.

Each inflorescence likely contains several thousand flowers that fragrance the air during the spring.
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Over the summer fruits form …
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… and ripen from green …
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to gold …
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and, ultimately, to blue-black when ripe and become a beloved wildlife food. Saw palmetto is a great plant to sustain pollinators & wildlife.

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