Native Plants for European Honey Bees

Kim Eierman

Kim Eierman

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Notes on Using Plant Lists
  • Use plants appropriate to your landscape conditions, emphasizing plants that are native to your region.
  • Species may vary based on region.
  • Remember that plant diversity is crucial – not all pollinators use every plant.
  • Reference these lists in combination with other recommended resources to select the best possible pollinator plants for your Pollinator Victory Garden.
Perennials

Agastache spp. (giant hyssops)
Chamerion angustifolium (fireweed)
Cleome spp. (beeplants)
Dalea spp. (prairie clovers)
Echinacea spp. (coneflowers)
Erigeron spp. (fleabanes)
Erigonum spp. (buckwheat)
Eschscholzia spp. (poppies)
Eutrochium spp. (Joe Pye weeds)
Gaillardia spp. (blanketflowers)
Helianthus spp. (sunflowers)
Heliopsis helianthoides (false sunflowers, oxeyes)
Liatris spp. (blazing stars)
Monarda puntata (spotted bee balm)
Oligoneuron spp. (goldenrods)
Phacelia spp. (phacelias)
Pycnanthemum spp. (mountain mints)
Rudbeckia laciniata (cutleaf coneflower)
Sanguisorba canadensis (American burnet)
Solidago spp. (goldenrods)
Silphium perfoliatum (cup plant)
Stokesia laevis (Stoke’s aster)
Symphyotrichum spp. (asters)
Verbesina spp. (crownbeards, wingstems)
Vernonia spp. (ironweeds)
Veronocastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Trees and Shrubs

Acer macrophyllum (bigleaf maple)
Acer negundo (boxelder)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Catalpa spp. (catalpas)
Ceanothus spp. (ceanothus)
Cephalanthus spp. (buttonbush)
Cercis spp. (redbuds)
Clethra alnifolia (summersweet)
Crataegus spp. (hawthorns)
Dalea spp. (prairie clover)
Diospyros spp. (persimmons)
Ilex spp. (hollies)
Itea virginica (sweetspire)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip poplar)
Mahonia spp. (barberries, Oregon grape)
Malus spp. (crabapples)
Nyssa spp. (blackgums)
Oxydendron arboreum (Sourwood)
Photinia spp. (chokecherries)
Physocarpus spp. (ninebarks)
Prosopsis spp. (mesquites)
Prunus spp. (cherries, plums)
Rhus spp. (sumacs)
Ribes spp. (gooseberries)
Robinia spp. (locusts)
Rosa spp. (roses)
Rubus spp. (raspberries, blackberries)
Salix spp. (willows)
Tilia americana (basswood)

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