The buzz surrounding honeybees – Kokomo Tribune: News

As Emily Roark strolls through her backyard filled with countless native plants, brushes and trees, it becomes abundantly clear every life form has its purpose.

Roark distinguishes which plants attract specific types of birds and insects inside the 75-foot-deep by 95-foot-wide, fenced-in area east of Kokomo, which is a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Monarch Waystation and Pollinator Habitat.

“Many people think they are allergic to goldenrod, but it’s [usually] not goldenrod they’re allergic to,” she said, explaining the misunderstood native plant. “Goldenrod blooms in the fall around the same time as ragweed, and many people, including myself, are allergic to ragweed. They grow next to each other.”

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