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Native Understory Forbs and Grasses

Cover of Native Understory Forbs and Grasses for Pollinator and Insect Utilization in Southeastern Longleaf Pine EcosystemsNative Understory Forbs and Grasses for Pollinator and Insect Utilization in Southeastern Longleaf Pine Ecosystems

Pollination by insects is crucial to the production of multiple crops in the United States. Biologists have recorded dramatic declines in insect pollinators, especially our native bees. National efforts are underway to conserve and enhance pollinator habitat as well as the longleaf pine ecosystem.

The Jimmy Carter Plant Materials Center, Americus, Georgia and the East National Technology Support Center, Greensboro, North Carolina recently prepared this document, which lists commercially available understory longleaf pine forbs and companion grasses to enhance pollinator habitat within that ecosystem.

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Native Understory of Forbs and Grasses for Pollinator and Insect Utilization in Southeastern Longleaf Pine Ecosystems (PDF; 1.75 MB) USDA NRCS Jimmy Carter Plant Materials Center and East National Technology Support Center, Feb 2010