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Plants to Attract Bees and Pollinators

ALWAYS REFER TO THE INVASIVE SPECIES DOCUMENT BEFORE PLANTING

Bee-attracting plants species native to Canada

Early Plants –  Blueberry, Cotoneaster, Crabapple, Cranberry, Crocus, Foxglove, Heliotrope, Hazelnut, Heather and Primrose

Mid-season Plants – Blackberry,  Cat mint, Catnip, Chives, Dahlia, Hyssop, Lavender, Raspberry,  Sunflower and Tarrow.

Late-season Plants – Aster (perennial), Beggar’s tricks,  Borage, Coneflower,  Cornflower,  Cosmos,  Goldenrod,  Pumpkin,  Sedum, and Squash.

Other good “Bee Plants”

Allium, Aquilegia, Campanula, Cardoon, Clover, Comfrey, Cranesbill geranium, Dandelions, most herbs, Foxglove, Honeysuckle, Poppy, Red Campion, Scabious, Sunflower, Thistles, Viper’s Bugloss, Wisteria, Willow, and course, most fruit trees and shrubs.
 
Most native plants will attract native bees ( which is fantastic) while “exotic” plants will attract more honey bees.

Links to more information about plants to attract bees

Ministry of Agriculture SUMMER NECTAR AND FLORAL SOURCES
www.al.gov.bc.ca/apiculture/factsheets/905_flowers.pdf