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Plants for Bees and Butterflies



 
 

While bees feed at fruit trees, berries and other flowering plants, many plants have a narrowly defined bloom season. Below are some perennials that have a wider bloom season and can extend your bees natural harvest.

 
PERENNIALS for POLLINATORS (Nectar)

Hyssop
Agastache

Bachelor Buttons
Centaurea cyanus

Purple Coneflower
Echinacea

White Blazing Star
Liatris spicata

Bee Balm
Monarda spp

Catnip (catmint)
Nepeta

Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia

Hardy Sages
Salvia ...
   Blue Queen, Rose Queen

Goldenrod
Solidago ...
   
Canadensis*, Dwarf


Aster
   native and non-native

Shasta daisy
Leucanthemum x superbum

Coreopsis

Purple Coneflower
Echinacea

Globe Thistle
Echinops exaltatus

Blanket Flower
Gaillardia
   native* and non-native

Four O’Clocks
Mirabilis spp

Evening Primrose
Oenothera Biennis

Penstemon (garden)
Penstemon gloxinioidides and other

Thick Leaf Phlox
Phlox carolina

Gloriosa Daisy
Rudbeckia hirta



* an Oregon native
 
PERENNIALS for BEES & HUMMINGBIRDS

Hyssop
Agastache

Columbine*
Aquiligia fermosa

Montbretia
Corcosmia


Delphinium*

Foxglove
Digitallis

Blanket Flower
Gaillardia
   native* and non-native

Coral Bells
Heuchera

Red Hot Poker
Kniphofia

Cardinal Flower
Lobelia

Lupines
Lupinus ...
   native* and non-native

Monkeyflower*
Mimulus cardinalis

Bee Balm
Monarda spp

Penstemon (garden)
Penstemon gloxinioidides and other colors

Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia



PERENNIALS for Butterfly Larva

Milkweed
Asclepias spp
   Showy* and others

Aster
   native* and non-native (try a compact one)

Lupines
Lupinus ...
   native* and non-native

Checkermallow* (a native hollyhock)
Sidalcea spp

Violet
Viola spp
   native* and non-native
 
     
 

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