|Tansy © SB|
As the fern-like fronds of this prairie wildflower bend and dip, the motion seems to attract red-striped bumble bees, drawn by the colour and smell. (It's a bitter green odour, none too pleasant. In Wildflowers Across the Prairies, Jowsey/Vance call it rank.)
Tansy plants are tall — taller than the three feet I've seen in flower books — and flowers form in composite buttons on the top in August.
|Common Tansy, |
with bumblebee © SB
It adapted well and escaped cultivated gardens for ditches, hedgerows and broken land.
Historical trivia: "In the Middle Ages a posy of Tansies was thought to ward off the Black Death." (from Jennings, Prairie Beauty.)
For more of the pictures I took of these bees, see Tansy flowers with red-belted bumble bees on Latitude Drifts.
Prairie Wildflower: Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Bee: Bombus rufocinctus? (Red-belted bumblebee?) For close-ups of the bumblebee, click to see my other blog, LatitudeDrifts. (I love these furry red bees!)
Location: Alley, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Photo Date: August 18, 2011
|Common Tansy, with two bees © SB|