6 Flowers to Plant to Attract Butterflies, Bees, and Other Pollinators

Butterflies and bees are a warm addition to the summer months and add beauty to any place they go. I have particularly enjoyed watching the number of bees that visit my yard grow as they keep coming back for the nectar available here. (For anyone afraid of bees: for the most part, if you leave them alone, they will do the same.) It is relatively easy to attract pollinators to your yard, as long as you plant flowers they like and keep the plants healthy. Here are a few plants to consider.

Black-Eyed Susan

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These beautiful yellow-petaled flowers are rich in nectar and attract various kinds of bees and butterflies. These flowers thrive in full sun but can withstand some shady times of the day. They are also heat and drought tolerant, making them relatively easy to maintain. They also provide a source of food to birds in the winter because they like to eat the seeds.

Echinacea

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Commonly called coneflowers, Echinaceas are a part of the daisy family and come in a variety of colors. Their flowers are long-lasting and the plant is hardy and undemanding, making this another great plant to grow. People create supplements with this plant, and bees find it attractive as well.

Goldenrod

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Goldenrods are a great source of nectar and food for your local pollinators, as well as Monarch butterflies. Monarchs often visit this kind of flower as they migrate. Goldenrods hardly need water and grow in the wild in the rocky and sandy soil, so you will have a hard time harming this plant.

Milkweed

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Once again, the different types of milkweed are crucial to maintaining the Monarch butterfly population. They love the plant’s flowers and will only lay their eggs on its leaves. The caterpillars then use the plant as a source of food. The other pollinators in your area will love the plant as well.

Lavender

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Lavender is one of the tougher plants to grow of the flowers listed. It needs soil that drains well, so planting it in a pot is probably the best option. They also need good airflow in humid areas. Butterflies and bees love lavender, and you will love the fact that this plant also keeps away unwanted bugs like mosquitoes.

Mint

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Mint is another plant you are better off putting in a pot. It can be invasive and needs to be contained. Pollinators like bees and butterflies love the flowers of the mint plant, and you can keep the leaves for tea.

Additional Tips

When planting these flowers, there are a handful of tips to remember. Keep these in mind and your local pollinators will thank you, not to mention you will get to enjoy the beauty it brings to your home.

  • It is beneficial to plant some of the flowers next to your garden. This will encourage butterflies and bees to take care of your fruits and vegetables as well.
  • Make sure you choose a span of flowers that will keep your garden blooming from the springtime to the fall. This provides food for them throughout the warm months they are active.
  • Remember that butterflies and bees are insects, and insecticides will kill them. Refrain from using them so they can find the food they need and pollinate your plants in return.

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