Dragon's Blood & The Bees
I am fascinated by plant's names and Dragon's Blood is such a great one! It just seems like something from another time. It makes me think of sorcerers, dragons and wizardry. Maybe something magical and mysterious going on in the garden. The word sedum is from Latin "to sit" and stonecrop refers to their seeming ability to grow out of stone. Stonecrop make great ground cover plants, often seen in rock gardens.
Whereas it makes a spectacular ground cover it can be invasive as it spreads easily. I have mine in a pot where it can spill over the edge. This keeps it protected from the dogs and the kids who tend to run through the flower beds sometimes rather unobservant of where they are trotting. This pot sits on an old tree stump where it gets full sun and compliments the spring blooms of the azaleas and knock-out roses that surround it.
The blooms that adorn the Dragon's Blood in the summer months are covered with pollinators. The decline in the honey bee population has been in the news lately. As gardeners we need to keep on gardening to provide our local honey bees with the nectar and pollen they can collect from flowers in our gardens. Blake Layton, Extension Entomology Specialist at Mississippi State University in his recent article The Trouble with Honey Bees published in Georgia Gardening Magazine, recommends limiting our use of insecticides. Don't spray unless all other alternatives have failed. If you need to spray treat at a time when foraging bees are not present which is at dusk after the bees have returned to the hive for the night. If you are interested in reading more about gardening for bees Audubon Magazine has an article about incorporating flowering plants and vegetables into your landscape to help your local bees.