Liatris spicata – Blazing Star

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time July – August

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 26

Shape Round

Pollen Color Light Yellow, Yellow, Tan

Cirsium arvense – Creeping Thistle

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time July – September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 46

Shape Oval

Pollen Color Tan, Light Green, Green

When plentiful, thistles can yield a summer honey crop which is reported to be white with a mild, delicious flavor.

Resources

Sammataro, D. and Harman, A. (2013). “Major Flowers Important to Honey Bees in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States”. AlphaGraphics, Tucson, AZ.

Vernonia cinerea – Ironweed

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time Seasonal

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 38

Shape Round

Pollen Color Reddish Yellow

Echinops exaltatus – Tall Globethistle

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time July – September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um)

Shape Triangle

Pollen Color

Taraxacum officinale – Dandelion

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time March – December

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Porate

Ornamentation Lophate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 35

Shape Round

Pollen Color Orange

Stokesia ‘Honey Song Purple’ – Stokes’ Aster

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time May – July

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Porate

Ornamentation Reticulate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um) 

Shape 

Pollen Color 

Solidago spp. ‘Little Lemon’ – Goldenrod

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time August – September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 22

Shape Round

Pollen Color Reddish Yellow