Plants that Attract
Native Pollenating Bees

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When you plant to attract bees keep your attractor plantings within about 200 yards of the garden or orchard to be pollinated because native bees do not fly very far from their nests. 


Several of the plants listed are also going to attract other beneficial insect helpers which, as part of your integrated management plan, will help keep insect pests from harming your garden.

The following plants attract pollen bees and will be a good source of nectar during the season.  

Trees and Shrubs

Blackberry (Rubus)
Dogwood (Cornus)
Fruit trees (apple, cherry, plum)
Red maple (Acer rubrum)

Raspberry (Rubus)
Serviceberry (Amalanchier)
Sumac (Rhus)


Flowers and Herbs

Asters (Aster)
Beard tongue (Penstemon)
Bee balm (Monarda)
Calendula, single varieties (Calendula)
Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema)
Coneflower (Echinacea)
Crown-beard (Verbesina)
Evening primrose (Oenothera)
Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
Fuchsia (Fuchsia)
Goldenrod (Solidago)
Goldfields (Lasthenia californica)
Hollyhock, single varieties (Alcea rosea)

Birds-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Borage (Borago officianalis)
Buttercup (Ranunculus)
Marjoram (Origanum)
Milkvetch (Astragalus)
Milkweed (Asclepias)
Mints (Mentha, Salvia)
Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum)
Oilseed rape (Brassica napus)
Pincushion (Chaenactis)
Sunflowers (Helianthus)
Tickseed (Coreopsis)
Vervain (Verbena)



Sources: 

Alternative Pollinators -  ATTRA   

Solitary Bees: An Addition to Honey Bees – Pollinator Paradise


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