The Pollen Files: Chamisa

10 Oct

Though lacking a certain pizzazz, a certain, ahem…. radioactivity found elsewhere in New Mexican chamisa, our backyard shrubs bloom gloriously each fall and right when our beehives need the protein for winter. As we speak, the lurid market is open for business.

Chamisa (Ericameria nauseosa) may smell like a wet armpit and cause allergies to flare, but it’s xeric and reliable and a tasty high-protein sunburst for both native and European bees.

Pollen baskets full from the chamisa market

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3 Responses to “The Pollen Files: Chamisa”

  1. Renee October 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Love the photo – the bees are working overtime to get ready for winter.

  2. karcuri13 October 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Funny, Sunset Magazine never mentioned the possibility of getting irradiated while visiting NM :)

    Great shot!

    • mistress beek October 13, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      Thanks you both! I’ve always envied photogs who capture bees in flight and so stalked mine for awhile this week to attempt my own image.

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