Plants & Gardening

The Best Support for Pollinators

A variety of flowering native plants that offer nectar and pollen throughout the growing season is the best way to attract and support a variety of pollinators.

Pollinators are attracted to blooms that fit their physiological traits - specifically the length of their tongue. The inclusion of a variety of floral shapes attracts a more diverse array of pollinators. Some bees are generalists, flitting among flowers to drink nectar and collect pollen from many plant species. Flat or shallow blossoms, such as asters or coreopsis, attract a wide variety of bee species. But long-tongued pollinators (such as butterflies and bumble bees) are attracted to flowers that have tube-shaped nectaries, such as Monarda or Liatris.

Flowers that bloom in early spring provide food for newly emerging bumble bee queens, while fall blooms favors pollinators that are actively seeking the additional energy needed for overwintering. Also, a planting that groups of three or more of a single species will attract bees because the cluster allows them to forage more efficiently.

Inextricably linked, pollinators are as vital to native plants as the plants are vital to them. Garden with native plants and forgo the use of chemicals to create pollinator-friendly landscapes that can help curb pollinator decline.

Learn More:

• Important Native Plants for Pollinators - PDF

Learn which pollinators you can attract, and which plants are host plants for butterflies and moths. The plants are arranged to help you maximize pollinator support across the seasons.

• Seven Pollinator Friendly Practices - PDF
An infographic detailing seven important facets of pollinator support.

Create a Pollinator Refuge with Native Plants

Best Plants for Pollinators, Spring through Fall

Early Season

Early to Mid Season

Mid Season

Mid to Late Season

Late Season

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