Plants That Attract Bees



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Plants That Attract Bees

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Latin Name                Common Name
Acer circinatum                       Vine Maple
Acer macrophyllum     Big Leaf Maple
Malus spp.                   Flowering Crabapple
Populus spp.                Cotton Wood
Prunus spp.                 Flowering Cherry
Salix spp.                     Willow

Fruit trees and berries
Deciduous fruit trees are an important pollen source in early spring.  As the bees move from plant to plant they pollinate fruit trees, helping to ensure fruit set.

Berries are both a nectar and pollen source for bees. Raspberries and blackberries are particularly important because they provide a surplus of nectar.

Latin Name                Common Name
Ampelopsis                  Porcelain Berry Vine
Lonicera spp.               Honeysuckle




Latin Name                Common Name
Abelia                          Abelia
Arctostaphylos             Manzanita
Caryopteris                  Bluebeard
Ceanothus spp.                        California Lilac
Cotoneaster spp.          Cotoneaster
Hypericum                   St. John’s Wort
Mahonia aquifolium    Oregon Grape
Rhamnus spp.              Buckthorn
Syringa                                    Lilac

Latin Name                Common Name
Borago                                    Borage
Lavandula                   Lavender
Mentha                                    Mint
Nepeta                         Catnip
Ocimum                       Basil
Rosmarinus                  Rosemary
Salvia                          Sage

Cover Crops
White Clover
Crimson Clover

Latin Name                Common Name
Agastache                    Hyssop
Aquilegia                     Columbine
Aster                            Aster
Dianthus                      Pinks
                                    Sweet Williams
Digitalis                       Foxglove
Eupatorium                  Joe-pye Weed
Gaura                          Whorling Butterflies
Lupinus                                    Lupine
Monarda                     Bee balm
Nepeta                         Catmint
Phlox paniculata         Garden Phlox
Salvia – all                   Sage
Solidago                      Goldenrod
Veronica                      Veronica

Latin Name                Common Name
Cosmos                                    Cosmos
Helianthus                   Sunflowers
Lobularia maritime      Sweet Alyssum
Zinnia                          Zinnia









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Garland Handout:

Plants That Attract Bees

Nearly 80 percent of all flowering plants depend on pollinators such as bees for pollination and seed production.  Bees need a diversity of pollen and nectar sources that bloom from early spring to late fall. They prefer flowers that are white, yellow, and purplish-blue to red flowers.  When planting your bee garden it is important to plant in clusters or groups so bees recognize your garden as a continual nectar and pollen sources.