Sounds like a big job for a little plant, doesn’t it? Before you get too excited, we’re not going to eat Geranium Rozanne. Be sure not to confuse the pelargonium, which can be ingested, with the true geranium, which cannot. Besides hardy geraniums not being edible, I doubt they’d be very filling. How does Geranium Rozanne help to feed the world? The answer is bees.
Why Are Bees Important?
In 2010 alone, bees are estimated to have helped produce $19 billion in U.S. crops. That’s a staggering one third of the food consumed! How did they do it? Bees are incredible pollinators. Bee pollination is an integral part of our ecosystem. The bees alight on a flower, scoop up pollen, and transfer it from the male part of the flower to the female part of another flower.
Obviously Geraniums are not part of our food chain, but what they do is to help support the bee population in general. Bees live off the pollen and nectar of both decorative blooms and food producing flowers. If the bees cannot sustain life in great numbers, the food supply would suffer.
Geranium Rozanne and Bees
Luckily for us, Rozanne has an extremely long blooming season, and bees love her. Undoubtedly attracted to her bright violet petals and brilliant white centre, they enjoy dropping by for a sustaining drink of nectar in the many, and long lasting, blooms of the cranesbill.
And bees can use all the help they can get these days. Since the 1990’s, bee populations have been on the decline. Largely due to the loss of wild flowers and bee-killing pesticides used in industrial agriculture, bees everywhere are facing troubled times. By helping to sustain the world’s bee population, Geranium Rozanne lends a hand in ensuring that an entire family of insects survive to continue supporting our fields and farms.