Dear Jon – You're driving along a central coast road and you see colorful flowers or other unique plants bordering fields that are being cultivated. Is there some purpose for this? Are the flowers for pollination or do they grow wild there? James writes to me and asks, "Do the flowers that border Ag fields serve a purpose?" They do, but maybe not what you think.
I've posted some pictures here of the types flowers that I found along a busy central coast highway. These are the types of flowers that border many Ag fields. You may have seen roses at the end of vineyard rows as well or Sunflowers along fields of lettuce.
The Farm Bureau tells me that these flowers work primarily as a barrier between the busy roads and the Ag fields. Not so much about pollination, but that does depend on the particular crop being grown. Typically you'll see bee hives in the fields near on in an orchard to help with pollination for stone fruit production. So no big mystery here, it's primarily about beautification and barrier purposes. They are enjoyable watch as you drive along the roads on the central coast.
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