Garden Plan To Attact Native Bees

This guide features regional native plants for the Great Lakes that are highly attractive to pollinators and are well-suited to small scale plantings in gardens, on business and school campuses, in urban greenspaces and farm field borders. These plants are particularly attractive to native bees and honey bees.

In planning your garden, be sure to have something blooming all season so there is always a food source for bees. Dandelions and clover provide early sources for bees if you don’t mind having them in your greenspace.

Common Name Scientific Name Color Height
EARLY Lanceleaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lancelata Yellow 3
Smooth Penstemon Penstemon digitalis White 3
Wild Lupine Lupinis perennis Blue e
Shooting Star Dodecatheon meadia Pink, white, violet 3
MID Butterfly Milkweek Ascelepias tuberose Orange 2
Dotted Mint Monarda punctata Purple 2
Great Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Blue 3
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Purple 4
Virginia Mountainmint Pycnanthemum virginianum White 3
Bertamont Monarda fistulosa Purple r
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Yellow 3
MID-LATE Cupplant Silphium perfoliatum Yellow 8
Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya Purple 6
Rattlesnake Master Eryngium yucciforium White 4
Purple Giant Hyssop Agastache scrophulariifolia Purple 6
Dogtooth Daisy Helenium autumnale Yellow 5
Purple Prairie Clover Dalea purpurea Purple 2
Sweet Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum Pink 7
Wingstem Verbesina alternifolia Yellow 6
LATE Bottle Gentian Gentiana andersii Blue w
Calico Aster Symphyotrichum lateriflorium White 2
Field Thistle Cirsium discolor Purple 6
New England Aster Symphyotrichum noyae angliae Purple 7
Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa Yellow 5