Imagine for a moment that you’re a bee. You have evolved along with flowers and have a tongue (yes, bees have tongues!) of a specific length, just the right size to reach the nectar that’s inside the Purple Coneflower (on the left). Then imagine that you decide to visit the Double-decker Purple Coneflower, (to the right). How would your tongue reach the nectary? The answer is, you would not. The extra petals will block you from both the nectar and pollen, both essential for your nutrition & your larvae. Before you pick new plants this year for your garden, be very sure that you’re picking those that are native or incredibly close in structure, scent & colour to the native variety as these are the best for our pollinators.