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Plants that Attract Pollinators

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Any flowering plant will attract pollinators, but if you really want to invite bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators to your yard, these are the plants to have:

Natives

American Vetch
Aster
Azalea
Barberry
Bee balm
Bergamot
Blackberry
Blacked eyed Susan
Blanket flower
Blueberry
Buttercup
Butterfly weed
Buttonbush
Chokeberry
Chokecherry
Cinquefoil
Clover
Columbine
Coneflower (Echinacea)
Currants
Daisy
Dandelion
Dogwood
Elderberry
False Indigo
Flax
Four-o’clock
Goldenrod
Jasmine
Joe-Pye Weed
Holly
Hollyhock
Honeysuckle
Huckleberry
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Hyssop
Indian Paintbrush
Iris
Larkspur
Laurel
Lily
Lupine
Milkweed
Morning Glory
Oregon Grape
Pawpaw
Penstemon
Phlox
Pincushion Flower
Poppy
Prickly Pear Cactus
Primrose
Queen Anne’s Lace
Rabbit bush
Rhododendron
Rose
Rosemary
Sage
Savory
Scorpion weed
Shooting Star
Snowberry
Spiraea
Stonecrop
Sunflower
Sweet Alyssum
Sweet William
Trillium
Violets
Witch Hazel
Yarrow
Yucca

Non-Natives

Basil
Borage
Catnip
Chives
Cosmos
Dill
Lavender
Marjoram
Mint (and members of the mint family – penny royal, lemon balm, etc.)
Oregano
Thyme
Wallflower
Zinnia

Note: This list covers plants that can be grown successfully in North America. However, not all plants are suitable to all regions. Always check compatibility with your zone before purchasing any seeds or plants.

Also keep in mind that some of these plants can be invasive. Do your research before deciding which plants are right for your particular situation.

For more information about the plants listed here, access the free Pollinator Guide for your region at pollinator.org. Your local county extension office is also a good resource to draw from.

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