Flowers covered with ants

swilhovsky(z10 CA)September 29, 2004

Hi, I'm new to camellias. I have 2 that are blooming right now (Camellia sasanqua) and I noticed that the middle part of the flowers (where the pollen is) are covered with ants. I didn't notice any aphids or scales.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Are ants specifically attracted to certain parts of camellia flowers?



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Don't worry about it. Some seem to be more attractive to ants than others. I have one that I never cut to bring into the house for that reason. The ants love it. None of the rest of the bushes attract them. I think it must be a pollen secretion or something. It doesnt' seem to be harmed by them at all.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2004 at 12:09PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Ants are not only taking advantage of the nectar source, but are eating the pollen, as well. They may be taking both back to the nest.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2004 at 1:53PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

That happens to my rose of sharon and I don't like it.
I would kill them off if they bother you. However, do it as organically as possible. If the flowers aren't being distorted, as my shrub was, I would leave them alone.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2004 at 6:25PM
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bumblbeez ants devour my rose of sharons.what do you use or can we do to control them?should we fertilize them in the winter too?

    Bookmark   November 2, 2005 at 7:53PM
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