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SouthWestern Ohio Beekeepers Association SWOBA

Beekeeping in the tri - States area, Cincinnati and surrounding states and counties

Bee Friendly Plants/Trees

Flowers

 

Best Easy to Find and Grow Flowers for Bees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Echium (Viper’s Bugloss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phacelia (Tansy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sage-Blue Bedder, Russian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catanache (Cupid’s Dart)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centaurea (Bachelor’s Buttons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflower (Check to make sure the variety is not pollen free)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asclepias (Milkweeds, esp Incarnata and Green Milkweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goldenrod species

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Officianalis (Lemon Balm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower, Clasping Coneflower)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monarda (Spotted Bee Balm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lobelia (Native Blue)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cosmos (Single flowered varieties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppies (California and Oriental varieties)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Late Winter-Early Spring Flowers for Bees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Aconite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siberian Squill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowdrops (Galanthes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Flowering Crocus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebells(try Virginia Bluebells)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lenten Rose (Helleborus Orientalis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tulips- use by bees depends on the variety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Spring/Summer Flowers for Bees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eryngium)                                                             Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borage Officianalis                                             Chives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bugle (Ajuga)                                                       Crane’s Bill Geranium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thyme                                                                   Cerinthe purpurasceus (Blue Honeywort)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lupine                                                                   Achillea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentstemon\Salvia                                              Echinops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allium                                                                    Gaillardia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Pea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passion Flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muscari

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forget-me-not (Myosotis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foxglove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Summer-Autumn Flowers for Bees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpion Weed (Phacelia Tanacetifolia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sedum (Stonecrop)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goldenrod (Solidago)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornflowers (Bachelor’s Buttons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nasturtium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scabiosa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veronica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nepeta (Catmint)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bergamot (Bee Balm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balsam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollyhock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*English Ivy * (very invasive)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mint Species

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneezeweed (Helenium)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Native Plants for Bees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hairy Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum incanum)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goldenrod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New England Aster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup Plant (Scrophularia californica)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monarda Punctata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phacelia Tanacetifolia (Lacy scorpion weed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chamerion angustifoium) (Fireweed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chamerion latifolium) (Dwarf Fireweed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleome serrulata (Rocky Mountain Bee Plant)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dalea Compacta (Compact Prairie Clover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dalea candida (White Prairie Clover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eutrochium fistulosum (Joe Pye Weed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asclepias (Milkweeds)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agastache (Hyssop)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tidy Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mimulus (Sticky Monkey Flower)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liatris (Prairie Blazing Star)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smooth Blue Aster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eryngium yuccafolium  (Rattlesnake Master)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source of bee safe seeds   

http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org


http://nativebeeranching.com/sources-of-untreated-seeds/


http://nativebeeranching.com/sources-of-untreated-plants/


http://www.wildflower.org


http://www.themelissagarden.com


http://www.xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators


http://www.buzzaboutbees.net


Any questions about a particular plant can be found easily by simply typing the name into a Google spacebar. Use the Google Images tab to see what the plant looks like in various stages. Happy Bee Farming!

TREES

Woody plants with ideal bloom times for honeybee forage  


Plant

Tree

Shrub

Notes

Hazelnut

Corylus americana

 

X

Native, pollen source, nuts for food and wildlife

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Cornus mas

X

 

Small ornamental tree, some fruiting varieties available

Serviceberry

Amelanchier spp

X

X

Native, tree and bush forms available, delicious fruit

Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa

 

X

Native, good fall color, fruit for food and wildlife.  Likes wet sites

Cane Fruits

Raspberry and Blackberry

 

X

Native, can naturalize large areas, fruit for food and wildlife

Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis

 

X

Native, likes wet sites

Cotoneasters

 

X

Many varieties available

Basswood and Lindens

Tilia spp.

X

 

Large shade trees, Basswood is a native

Korean Evodia

Tetradium danielii

X

 

Small to medium tree, difficult to find but great nectar source

Devil’s Walking Stick

Aralia spinosa

X

X

Native, usually grows in groups, very unique tree, fruit for wildlife

Sweetspire

Itea virginica

 

X

Native, several varieties available, Little Henry’

Butterfly Bush

Buddleia spp

 

X

Very fragrant, attractive to insects and hummingbirds, many varieties

Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

 

X

Long bloom times, very tough plant, can spread

Franklin Tree

Franklinia alatamaha

X

 

Rare native, blooms appear with fall color at the same time

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana

X

X

Native varieties bloom in the fall, Non-native varieties bloom winter


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