Top Native Bee Friendly Plants

Obedient Plant and Bee Physostegia virginiana ©Kim Smith 2013Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)

Below is a list of some favorite nectar- and pollen-rich bee-friendly North American wildflowers for attracting native bees and honey bees to your gardens. They are listed in order of bloom time, from spring through late summer, to provide your foragers with nourishment all growing season long.

Mexican Sunflower © Kim Smith 2013Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)

Wild strawberry (Fragaria viginiana)

Wild Blue Lupine (Lupinus perennis)

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Sunflower (Helianthus annus)

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)

New York Ironweed (Veronia noveboracensis)

New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)

Sailor Stan sunflower and bee ©Kim Smith 2011Sailor Stan Sunflower (Helianthius annus)

Eupatorium and Bee ©Kim Smith 2012Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)

Ironweed Bee ©KIm Smith 2011New York Ironweed (Veronia noveboracensis)

6 thoughts on “Top Native Bee Friendly Plants

    1. Thank you Nat for your much appreciated comments.

      I plan to add a few notes about the plants, especially Physostegia virginiana, Obedient Plant, which is not so obedient! Only plant that where you don’t mind when it takes over a corner of your garden!

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    1. You have the perfect spot Donna for a bee garden, with you thicket of woods behind your home. Native bees nest in the woods and then will come to your garden for nectar and pollen.

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    1. Did you by chance order milkweed and aster seeds from our upcoming seed sale? Our local Cape Ann nurseries are an increasingly great source for finding native wildflowers, as is New England Wild Flower Society. Please feel free to email if you are looking for a specific plant on this list and can’t find: kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com

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