Going 'Rad'

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey   3/11/14

It may not be the farmer's friend, but it's the beekeeper's friend.

Wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum), a member of the mustard family, Brassicaceae, is considered a weed, but I consider it a flowering plant for bees when I see it along roadsides and parks and lining orchards and vineyards.

Bee food!

As winter leaves us and spring snuggles closer, the bees are all over the wild radish. Typically white or a pale pink with pale pinkish-purplish veins,...