10 Plants For Bees and Other Pollinators
Try some or all of these bee friendly plants and flowers in your yard to encourage pollination.
For plants specific to your growing region, check the USDA database at plants.usda.gov or ask at your local nursery.
Paniculata, Zones 3 to 9
This hardy native perennial has fragrant, blue-pink blooms in mid to late summer.
Lobelia, Zones 3 to 9
A native perennial that grows up to 3 feet, it has showy red blooms in mid- to late summer and into fall.
Aster, Zones 4 to 9
The aster is a late fall plant that’s important for pre-hibernation bumblebee queens. Blue, lavender, pink or white flowers look lovely as ground cover, along borders or in containers.
Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3 to 8
This native wildflower is simple to grow and has masses of tall purple blooms. Recent cultivars come in other colors, but stick with natives for the most nectar value.
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Eupatorium purpureum, Zones 3 to 9
Primarily known as a butterfly plant, this perennial also attracts bees with its fragrant pink-purple blooms. It prefers moist soil where it can shoot up to 9 feet tall.
Liatris, Zones 3 to 9
These purple or white beauties support a broad community of butterflies, including monarchs, swallowtails, skippers and sulphurs. They grow up to 3 feet tall.
Helianthus, annual Sunflowers are a favorite of many bee species. Easy to establish and tolerant of most soils, sunflowers can grow almost anywhere.
Solidago, Zones 3 to 10
With its feathery yellow blossoms, goldenrod provides late-season forage for honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, beneficial wasps, soldier beetles and more.
Rudbeckia, Zones 3 to 10
Its bright yellow blooms and dark brown centers offer a cheery spot for bees and other insects. Some varieties feature orange and red petals or bicolored blooms.
Monarda, Zones 3 to 10
Bee balm is a vigorous native that boasts fragrant purple, pink, red or white flowers. Despite its name, it also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.