10+ Flowering Plants That Attract Bees – Pollinator-friendly Flowers

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A list of beautiful flowers to plant in your yard to attract bees and other pollinators.

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I am learning so much about the importance of bees and other pollinators. We started our seedlings for our garden, and it got me really into wanting to attract bees and other pollinators.

What makes a good pollinating flower that attracts bees?

A flower’s color, smell, shape, size, blooming time and length, and pollen supply are all factors that will affect how many bees will flock to your yard.

Fun Fact: Did you know that bees cannot see red light, but they can see ultra-violet light. Therefore flowers in the ultraviolet range of colors attract more bees, while red flowers deter them. This is just ONE incredible thing I’ve learned from reading the book 100 Plants to Feed the Bees by the Xerces Society. 

Here are a handful of the most beautiful flowers you should plant in your yard to attract bees and other pollinators. Which ones will you be planting this year?

A List of Pollinator-friendly Flowers

1. Purple Top Vervain

  • Scientific Name: Verbena hastata
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 7-11
  • Buy Seeds HERE
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller (linked for seeds)

2. Iron Weed 

  • Scientific Name: Vernonia spp.
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 4-8
  • Buy Seeds HERE
Photo Credit: Praire Moon Nursery

3. Sulphurflower Yellow Buckwheat

  • Scientific Name: Eriogonum umbellatum
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 4-8
  • Buy Seeds HERE
yellow buckwheat
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller (linked for seeds)

4. Button Bush

Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

5. Ornamental Oregano

  • Scientific Name: Origanum libanoticum
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer to Fall
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 4 and 5
  • Buy Seeds HERE
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

6. Lilac

  • Scientific Name: Ceanothus
  • Flower Color: Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 2-7
  • Buy Seeds HERE or Entire Plant HERE
purple lilac
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

7.  Sainfoin (Holy Clover)

  • Scientific Name: Onobrychis vicifolia
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 3-10
  • Buy Seeds HERE
pink sainfoin holy clover
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

8. Icelandic Poppies

  • Scientific Name: Papaver nudicaule
  • Flower Color: Mixed, White, Orange, Yellow
  • Bloom Time:
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 2-7
  • Buy Seeds HERE
Iceland Poppies
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

9. Rabbitbrush

  • Scientific Name: Ericameria Nauseosa syn. Chrysothamnus Nauseosus
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: End of Summer through Fall
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 4-6
  • Buy Seeds HERE
rabbit bush
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller
rabbit bush flower
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

10. Dutch White Clover

  • Scientific Name: Trifolium repens
  • Flower Color: White
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 3-8
  • Buy Seeds HERE
  • ** The Crimson Red Clover is also spectacular!
dutch white clover
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller
crimson red clover
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

11. Tulip Poplar Tree

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