Native Plants to Attract Bees

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September is National Honey Month! In honor of that, this blog is going to cover plants that attract and help out our native bees.

What do bees do?

Bees and other pollinators help maintain healthy, productive plant communities. This in turn, provides food that sustains wildlife, promotes natural habitat maintenance, and plays an essential role in crop production. They play a big role in our ecosystem that we should be concerned about.

How can I help bees?

Using native plants is the best way to help bees and other pollinators thrive. Female bees feed on pollen while their offspring use nectar as a food source for growth. Native plants are also often the best option for your garden. These hardy, low maintenance plants can withstand dry spells with ease, and flourish in a variety of conditions without requiring fertilizers or synthetic pesticides (which may not be healthy for bees). These species can be purchased as seeds or transplants, and they’re adaptable in growing conditions across our region!

What bee-friendly plants are native to the Midwest?

Below is a list of some native plants, but don’t limit yourself to these! The Midwest has a rich variety of native plants that are beneficial to bees. Plan your landscape or garden next year to include some of these plants.

  • Aster
  • Beebalm
  • Blazing star
  • Wild indigo
  • Goldenrod
  • Giant hyssop
  • Ironweed
  • Joe Pye weed
  • Leadplant
  • Lupine
  • Milkweed
  • Penstemon
  • Prairie clover
  • Purple coneflower
  • Sunflower
  • Willow

It can be easy for everyone—from gardeners placing flowers on their doorsteps to farmers planting fields—to help out our bees! If you would like help planning your landscape to include plants for bees, contact our outdoor specialists at SunCo. They can help you customize your great outdoors without you needing to lift a finger. Inspire outdoor envy in your neighborhood, contact us to learn more.


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