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Flowers for Bees

There are a lot of pollinators in the world, but the most efficient and well known are bees. Bees and other pollinators are the backbones of our food system. They carry pollen from one plant to another, fertilizing the plants, making them capable of producing fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Creating an oasis of pollinator-friendly plants helps the bees refuel with pollen for their hive, making them able to do their job more efficiently.

Planting perennials that flower consistently throughout the year is helpful for bees. It has been proven that native plants are 4x more attractive to bees than exotic plants. Here is a list of native plants in Texas.

Bees see color differently than humans. That is why it is essential to plant a variety of flower colors. Bees are partial to purple, blue, violet, white and yellow. Planting flowers in bunches is also a great practice when planting a bee-friendly landscape. This makes it easier for the bees to locate the flowers. Also, they will have to exude less energy while gathering more pollen in a particular area.

Proper planning goes a long way when planting a bee-friendly landscape. If you are looking to have flowers during the spring and summer, this means you will have to plant these bulbs or seeds the season beforehand for them to be flowering during the desired seasons. Spring flowers are planted in the fall or winter, summer flowers are planted in the spring and so forth.

Plant the flowers in a sunny location. The bright sunlight helps the bees to locate the pollen-rich flowers. Bees favor sunny spots over shaded areas.

Flowers For Bees

Here is a list of flowers that bees love. Research native plants specific to your area and tries to incorporate them into your pollinator landscapes. This not an all inclusive list, just some of my favorites.

  1. Almond Verbena

  2. Coral Vine

  3. Flame Acanthus

  4. Mist Flower

  5. Hyssop

  6. Salvia’s

  7. Texas Honeysuckle

  8. Mexican Honeysuckle

  9. Snakewood

  10. Black Sage

  11. Blue Sage

  12. Esperanza

  13. Lantana- Trailing, Mexican, New gold, Texas

  14. Autumn Sage

  15. Turks Cap

  16. Bee Brush

  17. Bee Balm

  18. Purple Sage

  19. Mallow

  20. Liatris

  21. Thyme

  22. Yarrow

  23. Winecup

  24. Willow

  25. Red clover

  26. Mexican Bush Sage

  27. Borage

  28. Purple Coneflower

  29. Black-eyed Susan

  30. Texas Thistle

  31. Daisies

  32. Asters

  33. Sunflowers

  34. Oregano

  35. Rosemary

  36. Garlic Chives

  37. Basil

  38. Honeysuckle

  39. Verbenas

Take a look at the list and see if there is a way to incorporate any of these beauties into your landscape. Remember, this is bigger than us. Without bees and other pollinators the world as we know it would drastically change for the worst.

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