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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Plants Attractive to Native Bees
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Sorted By Genus

Blue plant names are widely cultivated & broadly attractive to bees.

FAMILY

GENUS

COMMON NAME

Notes

Caprifoliaceae

Abelia

abelia

 

Fabaceae

Acacia

acacia

 

Aceraceae

Acer

maple

 

Asteraceae

Achillea

yarrow

A. millefolium weedy

Ranunculaceae

Aconitum

monkshood

 

Lamiaceae

Agastache

hyssop

 

Lamiaceae

Ajuga

carpet bugle

 

Malvaceae

Althea

hollyhock

not doubled

Liliaceae

Allium

allium

 

Rosaceae

Amelanchier

serviceberry

 

Boraginaceae

Anchusa

wild forget-me-not

 

Apiaceae

Anethum

dill

 

Ranunculaceae

Aquilegia

columbine

not doubled

Ericaceae

Arctostaphylos

manzanita

 

Papaveraceae

Argemone

prickly poppy

 

Plumbaginaceae

Armeria

sea thrift

 

Asteraceae

Aster

aster

not doubled

Fabaceae

Astragalus

locoweed

 

Asteraceae

Baileya

desert marigold

 

Fabaceae

Baptisia

false indigo

 

Berberidaceae

Berberis

barberry

 

Boraginaceae

Borago

borage

 

Brassicaceae

Brassica

mustard

B. kaber and B. nigra weedy

Lamiaceae

Calamintha

calamint

 

Malvaceae

Callirhoe

wine cups, poppy mallow

 

Ericaceae

Calluna

heather

 

Onagraceae

Camissonia

camissonia

 

Campanulaceae

Campanula

bell flower

 

Fabaceae

Caragena

Siberian peashrub

 

Aizoaceae

Carpobrotus

ice plant

some weedy

Asteraceae

Carthamnus

safflower

 

Lamiaceae

Caryopteris

blue mist spirea

 

Fabaceae

Cassia

senna

 

Rhamnaceae

Ceanothus

buckbrush

 

Asteraceae

Centaurea

bachelor's button, corn flower

not doubled, some weedy

Caryophyllaceae

Cerastium

snow-in-summer

avoid chickweeds

Fabaceae

Cercidium

palo verde

 

Fabaceae

Cercis

redbud

 

Rosaceae

Cercocarpus

mountain mahogany

 

Rosaceae

Chaenomeles

flowering quince

 

Bignoniaceae

Chilopsis

desert willow

 

Asteraceae

Chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum

simple flowered

Asteraceae

Chrysothamnus

rabbit brush, chamisa

 

Cucurbitaceae

Citrullus

watermelon

 

Rutaceae

Citrus

grapefruit, orange, lemon

 

Fabaceae

Coronilla

crownvetch

 

Cucurbitaceae

Cucurbita

squash, gourd, pumpkin

 

Onagraceae

Clarkia

clarkia

not doubled

Asteraceae

Cosmos

cosmos

 

Apiaceae

Coriandrum

coriander

 

Asteraceae

Coreopsis

coreopsis

 

Lythraceae

Cuphea

false heather

C. hyssopifolia

Rosaceae

Cydonia

fruiting quince

 

Asteraceae

Cynara

artichoke, cardoon

 

Boraginaceae

Cynoglossum

comfrey

 

Apiaceae

Daucus

carrot

some weedy

Ranunculaceae

Delphinium

larkspur

not doubled

Scrophulariaceae

Digitalis

foxglove

 

Asteraceae

Echinacea

cone flower

 

Boraginaceae

Echium

pride of Madeira

E. fastuosum

Asteraceae

Erigeron

fleabane

 

Hydrophyllaceae

Eriodictyon

yerba santa

 

Polygonaceae

Eriogonum

wild buckwheat

 

Apiaceae

Eryngium

eryngo, button-celery, coyote-thistle

 

Brassicaceae

Erysimum

wallflower

 

Asteraceae

Eupatorium

joe pye weed

not E. capillifolium

Euphorbiaceae

Euphorbia

spurge

some weedy

Cactaceae

Ferocactus

barrel cactus

 

Apiaceae

Foeniculum

fennel

F. vulgare

Rosaceae

Fragaria

strawberry

 

Sterculiaceae

Fremontodendron

flannelbush

 

Asteraceae

Gaillardia

blanket flower

not doubled

Onagraceae

Gaura

gaura

 

Gentianaceae

Gentiana

blue gentian

 

Asteraceae

Geraea

desert sunflower

 

Rosaceae

Geum

avens

 

Polemoniaceae

Gilia

gilia

blue or violet

Fabaceae

Glycyrrhiza

licorice

 

Asteraceae

Grindelia

gumweed

 

Boraginaceae

Hackelia

wild formet-me-not

 

Lamiaceae

Hedeoma

sweetscent, mock pennyroyal

 

Fabaceae

Hedysarum

sweet vetch, french honeysuckle

 

Asteraceae

Helenium

sneezeweed

 

Asteraceae

Helianthella

sunflower

 

Asteraceae

Helianthus

sunflower

not doubled

Boraginaceae

Heliotropium

heliotrope

 

Malvaceae

Hibiscus

rose-of-sharon, hollyhock

not doubled

Asteraceae

Hieracium

hawkweed

 

Rosaceae

Holodiscus

cliff spirea, mountainspray

 

Asteraceae

Hymenopappus

false cosmos

 

Asteraceae

Hymenoxys

alpine sunflower

 

Lamiaceae

Hyptis

desert lavendar

 

Aquifoliaceae

Ilex

holly

 

Malvaceae

Iliamna

mountain hollyhock

 

Zygophyllaceae

Kallstroemia

Arizona poppy

 

Scrophulariaceae

Keckiella

bush penstemon

 

Lamiaceae

Lamium

dead nettles

incl. Lamiastrum

Zygophyllaceae

Larrea

creosote bush

 

Fabaceae

Lathyrus

everlasting pea

 

Lamiaceae

Lavendula

lavendar

 

Asteraceae

Layia

tidytips

 

Fabaceae

Lespedeza

bush clover

esp. L. cuneata

Brassicaceae

Lesquerella

bladderpod

 

Asteraceae

Liatris

blazing star

 

Limnanthaceae

Limnanthes

meadowfoam, fried egg flower

 

Polemoniaceae

Linanthus

mountain phlox

 

Scrophulariaceae

Linaria

toadflax

L. dalmatica & vulgaris weedy

Linaceae

Linum

flax

 

Fabaceae

Lotus

birdsfoot trefoil, lotus

 

Solanaceae

Lycium

wolfberry

 

Berberidaceae

Mahonia

mahonia

 

Rosaceae

Malus

apple

 

Malvaceae

Malva

mallow

 

Fabaceae

Medicago

alfalfa, medic

 

Fabaceae

Melilotus

sweet clover

can be weedy

Lamiaceae

Mentha

mint

 

Loasaceae

Mentzelia

blazing star

 

Boraginaceae

Mertensia

bluebells

 

Scrophulariaceae

Mimulus

monkey flower

 

Lamiaceae

Monarda

bee balm

not red

Myoporaceae

Myoporum

myoporum

M. laetum

Hydrophyllaceae

Nemophila

blue eyes

 

Lamiaceae

Nepeta

catmint

esp. hybrid N. x faassenii

Lamiaceae

Ocimum

basil

 

Onagraceae

Oenothera

evening primrose

 

Cactaceae

Opuntia

pear cactus

 

Lamiaceae

Origanum

oregano

 

Ericaceae

Oxydendrum

sourwood

 

Fabaceae

Oxytropis

locoweed

 

Fabaceae

Parkinsonia

Mexican palo verde

 

Scrophulariaceae

Pedicularis

lousewort

 

Scrophulariaceae

Penstemon

penstemon

not red, consider P. strictus

Lamiaceae

Perovskia

Russian sage, filigran

P. atriplicifolia

Fabaceae

Petalostemon

prairie clover

 

Hydrophyllaceae

Phacelia

bluebells, scorpionweed

 

Ericaceae

Phyllodoce

mountain-heath

 

Solanaceae

Physalis

groundcherry

 

Rosaceae

Physocarpus

ninebark

 

Lamiaceae

Physostegia

obedient plant

 

Ericaceae

Pieris

fetterbush

 

Papaveraceae

Platystemon

creamcups

 

Polemoneaceae

Polemonium

Jacob's ladder

 

Pontederiaceae

Pontederia

pickerelweed

 

Fabaceae

Prosopis

mesquite

 

Lamiaceae

Prunella

henbit

 

Rosaceae

Prunus

cherry, plum

not doubled

Fabaceae

Psorothamnus

dalea

 

Rosaceae

Purshia

cliff rose

 

Lamiaceae

Pycnanthemum

mountain mint

 

Brassicaceae

Raphanus

mustard

 

Asteraceae

Ratibida

Mexican hat

 

Rhamnaceae

Rhamnus

buckthorn

 

Anacardiaceae

Rhus

sumac

 

Grossulariaceae

Ribes

currant

 

Fabaceae

Robinia

black locust

 

Papaveraceae

Romneya

Matilija poppy

 

Rosaceae

Rosa

rugosa-type and wild roses

not doubled, some weedy

Lamiaceae

Rosmarinus

rosemary

 

Rosaceae

Rubus

raspberry, blackberry, brambles

some weedy

Asteraceae

Rudbeckia

black-eyed susan

 

Salicaceae

Salix

willow

not weeping willow

Lamiaceae

Salvia

salvia

blue or violet

Caprifoliaceae

Sambucus

elderberry

 

Dipsaceae

Scabiosa

pincushion flower

not doubled

Crassulaceae

Sedum

sedum, stonecrop

 

Asteraceae

Senecio

senecio

 

Malvaceae

Sidalcea

checkermallow

 

Asteraceae

Silybum

milk thistle

 

Solanaceae

Solanum

nightshade

some weedy

Asteraceae

Solidago

goldenrod

 

Malvaceae

Sphaeralcea

globemallow

 

Rosaceae

Spiraea

spiraea

 

Lamiaceae

Stachys

lamb's ear

 

Brassicaceae

Stanleya

prince's plume

 

Boraginaceae

Sympytum

comfrey

can be weedy

Portulacaceae

Talinum

flame flower

 

Apiaceae

Tanacetum

tansy

 

Bignoniaceae

Tecoma

yellow trumpet bush

 

Lamiaceae

Teucrium

germander

 

Fabaceae

Thermopsis

false lupine, golden pea

 

Lamiaceae

Thymus

thyme

 

Tiliaceae

Tilia

basswood

 

Asteraceae

Tithonia

Mexican sunflower

 

Lamiaceae

Trichostema

bluecurls

 

Fabaceae

Trifolium

clover

 

Ericaceae

Vaccinium

blueberry, cranberry, huckleberry

acid soils required

Valerianaceae

Valeriana

valerian

 

Verbenaceae

Verbena

verbena

not red

Asteraceae

Verbesina

golden crownbeard

 

Scrophulariaceae

Veronica

speedwell, veronica

 

Caprifoliaceae

Viburnum

arrowood, snowball bush

 

Fabaceae

Vicia

vetch

 

Asteraceae

Viguiera

showy golden-eye

 

Violaceae

Viola

violets

not pansies

Asteraceae

Wyethia

mules ear

 

Asteraceae

Zinnia

zinnia

not doubled


 


Last Modified: 5/13/2010