Lamium Album - White Deadnettle (sometimes known as the Bee Nettle because Bumble Bees love it so much). I had a large clump last year and it was covered in bumble bees all day for possibly 5 months.
It is between 50 and 100 cm tall and throws out a root structure rather like stinging nettles do so it is easy to split and start new clumps. Dies down in winter and grows from ground level again starting early spring. Slightly fluffy soft leaves.
HI Cathy,that sounds like a super plant to go into our wild flower meadow in the churchyard.I hope to be able to report fully on the churchyard very soon, waiting for latest photos to be put on the village web site.Will explain all in the next topic.
Thank you Jacka
Your list is great, thanks. I have a number of bee friendly plants too and the list is growing. I have just purchased a new Salix for Spring pollen. However for long flowering plants; there is a plant called Cerinthe major purpurescens which self seeds very easily in a sunny free draining position. It will flower from March/April through to summer. I did not document the months exactly this year but have allowed an entire area around a gingko tree to grow and this provides a constant supply of nectar and pollen for bees.
One to try if it helps, I am in Wilts climate wise.