Pollinator-friendly plants

A variety of pollinator-attracting plants are located nearby in the house yard, or perimeter of the front garden project, so it’s only a slight hop or bzzzz or flight over the fence to the veggies.  I discovered as I itemized my plantings, that I have acquired quite the range of pollinator plants largely by preference, rather than intent.  Good to know I have “pollinator sense”!

Many of these plants can be grown in different ecoregions.

Botanical Name Common Name
Monarda sp. Bee balm
Lavandula angustifolia Lavender: English
Lavandula stoechas Lavender: Spanish
Lavandula virides Lavender: Green
Thymus citriodorus Lemon thyme
Rosmarinus officianalus Rosemary
Origanum sp. Oregano varieties
Lobelia erinus Lobelia
Salvia guarantica Sage ‘Black and blue’
Salvia elegans Pineapple sage
Trifolium repens Clover
Gaillardia x grandifora Gaillardia ‘Fanfare’
Buddleia davidii Butterfly bush
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed
Phlomis fruticosa Jerusalem sage
Scabiosa columbaria Pincushion flower ‘Butterfly blue’
Arnica montana Arnica or Wild batchelor button
Echinacea purpurea Coneflower
Lonicera x heckrottii Honeysuckle
Leycesteria formosa Himalayan honeysuckle
Cleome hasslerana Spiderflower
Salpiglossis Painted tongue
Helianthus sp. Sunflower
Zinnia angustifolia x elegans Zinnia ‘Cherry Profusion’
Sumac Sumac

Ecoregional planting guides for attracting pollinators can be found at http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

Bumblebee and honey bee on gaillaria flowers

Bumblebee and honey bee on gaillaria flowers

Bees love crawling into the Himalayan honeysuckle "drupelets"

Bees love crawling into the Himalayan honeysuckle “drupelets”


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