Plants & Gardening

Create a Pollinator Refuge with Native Plants

How to Support 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. 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 variety of bee species. But long-tongued bees will be attracted to plants with deeper nectaries and flowers with petals that form long tubes. The inclusion of a variety of floral shapes attracts a more diverse array of pollinators.

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, grouping plants in clumps of three or more attract bees to the plants and allow them to forage efficiently.

Inextricably linked, pollinators are as vital to native plants as the plants are vital to them. Gardening with native plants and avoiding insecticide use creates pollinator-friendly landscapes that can help curb pollinator decline.

More Tips: Seven Pollinator Friendly Practices

Best Plants for Pollinators, Spring through Fall

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Early to Mid Season

Mid Season

Mid to Late Season

Late Season

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