Plants Pollinators Love

Planting with pollinators in mind? Hooray! We applaud you.

The most important piece of planning a pollinator garden? Making sure you include a wide variety of blooming plants that will consistently serve up blossoms (and nectar and pollen) throughout the entire growing season. Here are some of our favorites:

 

Penstemon frandiflorus – beardtongues

Osmunda claytoniana - Interrupted fern

Geranium maculatum - Wild geranium

Carex Sprengelii - Sprengel’s sedge

Viola sororia - Common blue violet

Viola canedensis – Canada violet

Sanguinaria canadensis - Bloodroot

Phlox divaricate - Wild blue phlox

Liatris pycnostachya – prairie blazing star

Asclepias incarnata – red milkweed (purchase seeds)

Lysimachia sp. – loosestrife

Aster novae-angliae – new England asters

Echinacea purpurea – purple coneflower

Amorpha canescens – leadplant

Heuchera richardsonii – prairie alum root

False Solomon seal

Wild columbine

Prunus virginiana – chokecherry

Cephalanthus occidentalis – Buttonbush

Quercus – oak

Salix - Willow

Preunus - Cherry

Spirea alba – white meadowsweet

Campanula rotundifolia – harebell

Cirsium sp. – field thistle

Agastache foeniculum – Anise hyssop

Asclepias speciosa – showy milkweed

Coreopsis tinctoria – tickseed

Dalea purpurea – purple prairie clover (purchase seeds)

Asclepias syriaca - common milkweed

Rudbeckia subtomentosa - sweet black-eyed susan

Andropogon gerardii - Big Bluestem

Echinacea angustifolia – narrow-leaf coneflower

Eryngium yuccifolium – rattlesnake master

Lupinus perennis – wild lupine

Mondarda fistulosa – wild bergamot

Monarda punctata – spotted bee balm