Plants for Pollinators

Create your own pollinator-friendly garden! Use these tips and the plant list below to turn your yard into a pollinator haven.

Color talks. Different-colored flowers attract different kinds of pollinators. Plan your garden to have a wide variety of colorful blooms throughout the spring and summer.

Go native. Focus on plants that are native to your region, which are adapted to cooperate with many of your local pollinators.

Create a big target. Arrange pollinator-attracting plants in clumps, rather than single plants. This will help pollinators to find flowers more easily.

No yard? Add pollinator-friendly plants to window-boxes and balconies!

Use pesticides responsibly. Reduce the level of pesticides used in and around your home. If you must use pesticides, switch to those that are targeted to specific pests and try to spray only when pollinators are not in your garden, such as at night or when flowers are not in bloom.

 

Plant Pollinators it attracts U.S. Regions Requirements & Cautions
Goldenrods
(Solidago spp.)
Butterfly
Bee
All regions Full Sun; Don’t fear! This is not generally an allergy-causing flower.
Sedum
(Sedum spp.)
Butterfly
Bee
All regions Full sun/ partial shade; Choose a variety native to your region! Western: Spearleaf stonecrop (Sedum lanceolatum); Eastern/Central: Woodland stonecrop (Sedum ternatum)
Milkweeds Butterfly All regions Full Sun
Sunflowers
(Helianthus spp.)
Butterfly
Bee
All regions Full Sun; Beware! The following varieties can be invasive: Common sunflower (Helianthus annuus); Texas blueweed (Helianthus ciliaris)
Berry bushes: blueberry, huckleberry
(Vaccinium spp.)
Butterfly
Bee
All regions Full sun/ partial shade
Salvias
(Salvia spp.)
Butterfly
Bee
Hummingbird
All regions Full Sun; Beware! The following varieties are invasive: Mediterranean sage (Salvia aethiopis); Introduced sage (Salvia pratensis); Europe sage (Salvia sclarea)
Anise hyssop/ giant hyssop
(Agastache spp.)
Butterfly
Bee
Hummingbird
SE, NE, N Central, NW Full Sun; Choose a variety native to your region! Eastern/North Central: Purple and Yellow Giant Hyssop; Northern: Blue Giant Hyssop
Red columbine
(Aquilegia canadensis)
Bee
Hummingbird
NE, SE, N Central, S Cent Full sun/ partial shade
Bee balm/ oswego tea
(Monarda didyma)
Butterfly
Bee
Hummingbird
SE, NE, N Central, NW Full Sun
Blazing-star/ gayfeather
(Liatris spp.)
Butterfly
Bee
Hummingbird
NE, SE, N Central, S Central Full sun/ partial shade; Good alternative to the invasive species purple loosestrife!
Trumpet (coral) honeysuckle
(Lonicera sempervirens)
Hummingbird NE, SE, S Central Full Sun/ partial shade
Purple coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea)
Butterfly
Bee
NE, SE, S Central Full Sun
Red buckeye Butterfly
Bee
Hummingbird
SE, S Central Sun/shade
Zinnia
(Zinnia spp.)
Butterfly
Bee
SW Full Sun
Cosmos Butterfly
Bee
NE, SE, N Central, S Central, SW Full Sun
Scarlet penstemon
(Keckiella spp.)
Bee
Hummingbird
SE, NE, N Central, NW Full Sun