PLANT OF THE WEEK

Rape­seed is like honey to the bees

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Gardens -

BEES love this, and in the past few decades it has trans­formed the English coun­try­side, turn­ing nor­mally green fields into patches of eye-catch­ing yel­low. This year, how­ever, rape­seed (Bras­sica na­pus), got off to a bad start be­cause of the ter­ri­ble win­ter weather. But this mem­ber of the mus­tard or cab­bage fam­ily re­fuses to give in – thanks to the abil­ity to root and flower in the most un­usual of places. It may not be a gar­den plant, but it does have its mer­its – it’s also the third largest source of veg­etable oil in the world.

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