Alsike-clover is rapidly becoming of more importance to the beekeeper in Wisconsin, and in the northern part of the State is destined to offer a great field to the beekeepers that will settle in that region.
APPLE. (Pyrus malus) Often yields a small surplus; honey light in color and of good quality. Is of great importance in the spring to stimulate brood-rearing.
ASTERS. (Aster) Usually perennials, ray flowers white or purple, sometimes pink or blue, blooming from July to Frost. Honey is amber in color, and the flavor is usually pronounced. The asters are very commonly found in Wisconsin, especially in the northern part and the golden-rod which bloom at the same time and which are more conspicuous get much of the credit for nectar-secretion which rightly belongs to the asters. The asters are valuable in stimulating fall brood-rearing and in certain localities in the northern part of the State a surplus is stored, although this honey is not satisfactory for winter stores.
BASSWOOD. (Tilia americana and T. heterophylla) also called linden and whitewood. Basswood is among the most valuable honey plants we have, and if the weather preceeding the honey flow is favorable the yield of nectar is sometimes immense. The honey is white or light amber with an aromatic flavor, but if mixed with white-clover honey is exceptionally fine. Basswood was formerly much more abundant. The wood is used for various purposes, especially in making the one-piece sections used almost universally for comb-honey.
BEGGAR'S-TICKS. (Bidens frondosa) see Spanish Needle.
BLUEBERRY. (Vaccinium) Nectar and pollen; important only in Northern Wisconsin.
BONESET. (Eupatorium perfoliatum) A fall honey plant of considerable importance.