Plants for Pollinator - MJ

Plants for Pollinators

by Mary Jane Frogge, Extension Associate

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Consider adding plants to your landscape that will benefit pollinators. It is necessary to have a variety of plants blooming the whole growing season, April through October. Native plants are important to include because they have pollen and nectar sources for our native pollinators. Many of our favorite garden perennials are great for pollinators. It is fine to include them too, even if they are not native. Do not forget food plants for butterfly caterpillars. Herbs are perfect for pollinator gardens. And remember, no pesticides.

Plants for Pollinators
Herbs
Basil Ocimum basilicum flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Borage Borago officinalis flowers for bees and butterflies, food for butterfly larva
Dill Anethum graveolens food for swallowtail butterfly larva
Garden thyme Thymus vulgaris flowers for bees and butterflies
Oregano Origanum vulgare flowers for bees, wasp and butterflies
Parsley Petroselinum crispum food for swallowtail butterfly larva
ANNUAL and
BIENNIAL FLOWERS
Blue salvia Salvia farinacea flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Cosmos Cosmos spp. flowers for bees and butterflies
Hollyhock, single Alcea rosea flowers for bumble bees
Mexican giant hyssop Agastache Mexicana flowers for bumble bees and butterflies
Rocket larkspur Consolia ajacis flowers for bumble bees and butterflies
Sweet alyssum Lobularia maritima food for monarch butterfly larva
Sunflower Helianthus spp. flowers for bees and butterflies, food for butterfly larva
Zinnia Zinnia spp. flowers for butterflies
NATIVE PERENNIALS
Common milkweed Asclepias syriaca food for monarch butterfly larva
Dotted gayfeather Liatris punctate flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Hoary vervain Verbena stricta flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Large Beardtongue Penstemon grandifloras flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Pasque flower Anemone patens flowers for bees, early bloomer
Sunflower Petroselinum crispum food for swallowtail butterfly larva
Pitcher sage Salvia azurea flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Prairie ragwort Senecio plattensis flowers for bees and butterflies
Prairie aster Aster turbinellus flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Rough gayfeather Liatris aspera flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Swamp milkweed Asclepias incarnate food for monarch butterfly larva
GARDEN PERENNIALS
Bee balm Monarda didyma flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta flowers for bees and butterflies
Blanket flower Gaillardia aristata flowers for bees and butterflies
Blue False Indigo Baptisia australis flowers for bumble bees
Butterfly milkweed Asclepias tuberosa food for monarch butterfly larva
Coreopsis Coreopsis spp. flowers for bees and butterflies
Hosta Hosta ssp. flowers for bumble bees
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae flowers for bees, bumble bees and butterflies
Speedwell, blue & pink Veronica spicata flowers for bees, bumble bees
Tall Sedum Sedum spectabile flowers for bees and butterflies

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