Native Plants for Native Pollinators

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.
Spring-Blooming Perennials & Ephemerals

Allium spp. (onions, garlics, ramps)
Anemone spp. (anemones, thimbleweeds)
Aruncus dioicus (goat’s beard)
Aquilegia spp. (columbines)
Baptisia spp. (wild indigos)
Blephilia spp. (horsemints)
Callirhoe spp. (poppy mallows, winecups)
Clarkia spp. (clarkias)
Claytonia spp. (spring beauties)
Delphnium spp. (larkspurs)
Dicentra spp. (bleeding hearts, Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn)
Dodecatheon spp. (shooting stars)
Erigeron spp. (fleabanes)
Eriogonum spp. (buckwheats)
Erythronium spp. (trout lilies)
Geranium spp. (geraniums, cranesbills)
Geum spp. (avens, prairie smoke)
Hepatica nobilis (hepatica)
Hydrophyllum spp. (waterleaf)
Lupinus spp. (lupines)
Maianthemum spp. (Canada mayflower, false Solomon’s seal)
Mertensia spp. (bluebells)
Penstemon spp. (beardtongues)
Phacelia spp. (phacelias, scorpionweeds)
Phlox spp. (spring blooming phloxes)
Polemonium spp. (Jacob’s ladder, polemoniums)
Polygonatum spp. (Solomon’s Seal)
Potentilla spp. (cinquefoils)
Pulsatilla spp. (pasqueflowers)
Sedum spp. (stonecrops)
Silene spp. (catchflies)
Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink)
Tiarella spp. (foamflowers)
Tradescantia spp. (spiderworts)
Uvularia spp. (bellworts)
Viola spp. (violets)
Zizia spp. (alexanders, meadow parsnips)

Spring-Blooming Trees and Shrubs

Acer macrophyllum (big leaf maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Amelanchier spp. (serviceberries, shadbush)
Arctostaphylos spp.(manzanitas)
Ceanothus spp. (ceanothus)
Celtis occidentalis (common hackberry)
Cercis spp. (redbuds)
Cladrastis kentuckea (Yellowwood)
Cornus spp. (dogwoods)
Crataegus spp. (hawthorns)
Diospyros spp. (persimmons)
Fothergilla spp. (witch-alders)
Gaylussacia spp. (huckleberries)
Halesia spp. (silverbells)
Hamamelis vernalis (spring witchhazel)
Ilex spp. (hollies)
Lindera spp. (spicebush)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Mahonia spp. (Oregon grape)
Malus spp. (crabapples)
Nyssa sylvatica (black tupelo)
Philadelphus spp. (mock oranges)
Photinia spp. (chokecherries)
Ptelea trifoliata (wafer ash)
Prunus spp. (cherries, plums)
Ribes spp. (currants)
Robinia spp. (locusts)
Rhus aromatica (fragrant sumac)
Salix spp. (willows)
Tilia americana (basswood)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Vaccinium spp. (huckleberries, deerberry, blueberries)
Viburnum spp. (viburnums)

Summer-Blooming Perennials

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Agastache spp. (giant hyssops, anise hyssop)
Asclepias spp. (milkweeds)
Blephilia spp. (horsemints)
Campanula spp. (bellflowers, harebells)
Campanulastrum americanum (tall bellflower)
Cardamine spp. (toothworts, bittercress)
Chamerion spp. (fireweeds)
Cirsium spp. (native thistles)
Clarkia spp. (clarkias)
Coreopsis spp. (tickseed)s
Dalea spp. (prairie clovers)
Dasiphora spp. (cinquefoils)
Delphinium spp. (larkspurs)
Echinacea spp. (coneflowers)
Eriogonum spp. (buckwheats)
Eryngium spp. (eryngos, rattlesnake master)
Eschscholzia spp. (poppies)
Eupatorium spp. (boneset, thoroughworts)
Eutrochium spp. (Joe Pye weeds)
Gaillardia spp. (blanketflowers)
Heliopsis spp. (false sunflowers)
Hibiscus spp. (rose mallows)
Liatris spp. (blazing stars)
Lobelia spp. (lobelias, cardinal flower)
Lupinus spp. (lupines)
Monarda spp. (bergamots, beebalms, horsemint)
Oenothera spp. (evening primroses)
Phlox spp. (summer-blooming phloxes)
Potentilla spp. (cinquefoils)
Pycnanthemum spp. (mountain mints)
Ratibida spp. (prairie coneflowers)
Rudbeckia spp. (coneflowers, black-eyed Susan)
Salvia spp. (sages)
Sanguisorba canadensis (American burnet)
Sedum spp. (stonecrops)
Stokesia laevis (Stoke’s aster)
Tradescantia spp. (spiderworts)
Verbena spp. (verbenas, vervains)
Vernonia spp. (ironweeds)
Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Summer-Blooming Trees and Shrubs

Amphora spp. (leadplants, false indigos)
Baccharis spp. (coyotebrush, mule’s fat)
Ceanothus spp. (ceanothus)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)
Clethra alnifolia (summersweet)
Cornus spp. (dogwoods)
Dasiphora fruticosa (shrubby cinquefoil)
Eriogonum spp. (buckwheats)
Gaylussacia spp. (huckleberries)
Hydrangea arborescens (smooth hydrangea)
Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf hydrangea)
Hypericum spp. (St. John’s worts)
Itea virginica (sweetspire)
Opuntia spp. (prickly pears)
Physocarpus spp. (ninebarks)
Prosopis spp. (mesquites)
Ribes spp. (currants)
Rosa spp. (roses)
Rubus spp. (raspberies, blackberries, dewberry)
Rhus spp. (sumacs)
Salvia spp. (sages)
Spiraea spp. (meadowsweets)
Symphoricarpos spp. (snowberries)
Vaccinium spp. (huckleberries, deerberry, blueberries, cranberries)
Viburnum spp. (viburnum)

Summer-Blooming Perennials

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Agastache spp. (giant hyssops, anise hyssop)
Asclepias spp. (milkweeds)
Blephilia spp. (horsemints)
Campanula spp. (bellflowers, harebells)
Campanulastrum americanum (tall bellflower)
Cardamine spp. (toothworts, bittercress)
Chamerion spp. (fireweeds)
Cirsium spp. (native thistles)
Clarkia spp. (clarkias)
Coreopsis spp. (tickseed)s
Dalea spp. (prairie clovers)
Dasiphora spp. (cinquefoils)
Delphinium spp. (larkspurs)
Echinacea spp. (coneflowers)
Eriogonum spp. (buckwheats)
Eryngium spp. (eryngos, rattlesnake master)
Eschscholzia spp. (poppies)
Eupatorium spp. (boneset, thoroughworts)
Eutrochium spp. (Joe Pye weeds)
Gaillardia spp. (blanketflowers)
Heliopsis spp. (false sunflowers)
Hibiscus spp. (rose mallows)
Liatris spp. (blazing stars)
Lobelia spp. (lobelias, cardinal flower)
Lupinus spp. (lupines)
Monarda spp. (bergamots, beebalms, horsemint)
Oenothera spp. (evening primroses)
Phlox spp. (summer-blooming phloxes)
Potentilla spp. (cinquefoils)
Pycnanthemum spp. (mountain mints)
Ratibida spp. (prairie coneflowers)
Rudbeckia spp. (coneflowers, black-eyed Susan)
Salvia spp. (sages)
Sanguisorba canadensis (American burnet)
Sedum spp. (stonecrops)
Stokesia laevis (Stoke’s aster)
Tradescantia spp. (spiderworts)
Verbena spp. (verbenas, vervains)
Vernonia spp. (ironweeds)
Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Fall-Blooming Perennials

Ageratina spp. (snakeroots)
Bidens spp. (beggarticks)
Boltonia spp. (false asters)
Chamaecrista spp. (partridge peas)
Chrysopsis spp. (golden asters)
Chelone spp. (turtleheads)
Cirsium spp. (native thistles)
Conoclinium spp. (mistflowers)
Dalea spp. (prairie clovers)
Dasiphora spp. (cinquefoils)
Echinacea spp. (coneflowers)
Eschscholzia spp. (poppies)
Eupatorium spp. (boneset, thoroughworts)
Eurybia spp. (asters)
Euthamia spp. (goldentops, goldenrods)
Gaillardia spp. (blanketflowers)
Gentiana spp. (gentians)
Grindelia spp. (gumweeds)
Helenium spp. (sneezeweeds)
Helianthus spp. (sunflowers)
Hypericum spp. (St. John’s wort)
Liatris spp. (blazing stars)
Lobelia spp. (lobelias, cardinal flower)
Oenothera spp. (evening primroses)
Physostegia spp. (dragon heads, obedient plants)
Ratibida spp. (prairie coneflowers)
Rudbeckia spp. (coneflowesr, black-eyed Susan)
Oligoneuron spp. (goldenrods)
Salvia spp. (sages)
Sanguisorba canadensis (American burnet)
Solidago spp. (goldenrods)
Symphyotrichum spp. (asters)
Salvia spp. (sages)
Verbena spp. (verbenas, vervains)
Verbesina spp. (crownbeards, wingstems)
Vernonia spp. (ironweeds)

Fall-Blooming Trees and Shrubs

Baccharis spp. (coyotebrush, mule’s fat)
Eriogonum spp. (buckwheats)
Hamamelis virginiana (fall witchhazel)
Rosa spp. (roses)

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