Plants for attracting Bees and Butterflies
Every gardener should do their part to encourage bees
and butterflies to visit their garden. We have listed a few
flowers below that are recognized as bee and butterfly
TRM610 Ox-Eye Daisy ( Telekia speciosa )
A unique perennial plant for zones 3-8. Attracts birds, bees and butterflies and leaves are fragrant.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade. Tolerates full sun as long as soils are kept consistently moist.
A sunflower-like perennial that is native primarily to mountainous areas in southern Europe, the Ukraine, the Balkans, the Caucusus and Turkey. Features sprays of single, daisy-like flower heads (to 3.5" across) with yellow rays and large, flattened, orange-yellow center disks. Blooms appear in late summer to early fall on branching-at-the-top stems rising to 4-6' tall. Coarse, aromatic, triangular leaves, are up to 12" long.
SF085 Fireweed Epilobium Angustifolium
A versatile perennial that offers beauty as well as value as a medicinal herb. The perennial has slender upright spikes of flowers in shades of rosy pink in the months of June to September. It gets its name from the fact that it is often the first weed to colonize in an area that has been destroyed by fire.
Other common names include: Willow Herb, Rosebay Willowherb, and Yanagiran. Native Americans used the Willowherb plant as a good source of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A. Medicinally, the herb seeds can also be grown to relieve inflammation, draw out infection in wounds, and to treat burns.
Fireweed is very attractive to bees and butterflies, and Fireweed honey has become quite sought after. Fireweed seeds do best with a cold/moist treatment for 4 weeks prior to planting, or directly sow the herb seeds outdoors in the fall.
IM127 Kiss Me Over The Garden Gate ( Polygonum orientale )
First grown in the US by Thomas Jefferson, Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate is a spectacular, old-fashioned cottage garden favorite. Fast growing, the thick, sturdy stems rise to about 5 feet tall and bear flamboyant, arching, pendulous bright pink, bead like, flower clusters 3-4 feet long.
An old heirloom favorite, hard to find seeds for these anymore, we are very happy to be able to offer them again.
Lures beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Flowers from midsummer until frost. Direct seed or transplant.
Lush, heart-shaped leaves are very pretty. Makes an excellent cut flower too. Rich soil is best. Reseeds itself once established. A perennial inzones 8-11, grown as an annual in colder zones, seeds can be saved from year to year for growing as an annual. g
IP025 Geisha Girl Calendula Calendula Officinalis
Sow this beautiful flower seed and forget! It's easy and rewarding to establish in any garden. Notable for its striking double rich orange-red flowers. It has curved petals similar to some chrysanthemum. Geisha Girl has oval foliage that is light green. A common name for Calendula is Pot Marigold.
Calendula flower seed produces a hardy plant. It is happy in most soil conditions. It requires well-drained soil, preferring full sun to semi-shade. Calendula is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. An annual plant growing to about 20 inches tall. For outside flower beds in zones 4-10. Deer resistant as well.
IP021 Teasel Dipsacus sativus
A very dramatic plant to have in the back border as it can reach a height of 72 inches. Sometimes called Indian Teasel or Fuller's Teasel, it has comb-like flower heads that were used in the wool industry to bring up the nap in woolen cloth. It is also an excellent cut flower for drying. It is widely used in floral arrangements and crafts.
Teasel plants will perform well in sunny areas with well-drained soil. Once established they need very little care and are fairly drought tolerant. Deer do not bother the Fuller's Teasel plant. The Teasel flowers are very popular with bees, birds and hummingbirds who love the flowers and seeds.
Teasels are considered a biennial. The first year they will not produce a bloom, but the second year, tall spikes will form with flower heads that are 4 inches, cylindrical-shaped and made up of a mass of tiny flowers. The flowers are usually a lavender color and bloom in a band from the bottom of the flower head to the top, lasting about a month.
To keep a patch of Teasel plants in the garden, let a few of the flower heads go to seed. The Teasel flower seeds will drop and self-sow.
HR145 Hyssop ( Hyssopus officinalis )
The Hyssop herb is an aromatic plant, and the young leaves are somewhat bitter and minty in flavor. A widely used culinary herb, both the flowers and leaves are used in salads although the leaves are much stronger in flavor. It is also used to flavor pork, chicken, soups, teas and stuffing.
Hyssop is also considered to be a medicinal herb, with the oil obtained from the leaves used to make herbal baths and facials.
Hyssop is an excellent bee plant. Legend has it that beekeepers rubbed their hives with hyssop and other herbs to encourage bees to stay. Hyssop also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies; claims that it keeps cabbage butterflies away from crops or repels flea beetles have not been substantiated.
A perennial hardy in zones 3 to 10.
TPF173 Lavender Hyssop Agastache foeniculum
Attractive honey plant; produces abundant nectar which yields a light fragrant honey.
Strongly anise-scented, it is delightful for tea or as culinary seasoning.
Deer cannot stand the aromatic foliage.Beautiful, fragrant purple flowers growing 12-36" tall. Perennial. Zone 4-7.
FB153 Korean Bee Tree Evodia danielli
Evodia is a little-grown tree 25 to 30 feet tall. It is a fast
grower with no pests, adapted to sunny, well-drained sites.
Small white flowers are produced in 4 to 6 inch wide corymbs
from June through August which attracts a great number of bees
and butterflies. These are followed by fruits which turn from
red to black from August through November.
Provides flowers and attractive fruit in a period when few
other woody plants are flowering. The plant fits well in
smaller gardens and closed areas. Good for zones 4-9.
GO72 Mosquito Plant
( Agastache cana )
This hardy perennial will
provide you with sweetly scented foliage and large 1" rosy-
purple flowers. It attracts hummingbirds, bees and
butterflies. The crushed foliage rubbed on the skin is said
to repel mosquitoes. Will flower first year if grown as an
annual, but best flowering is in second year in zones
HR370 Borage ( Borage officinalis )
Borage is one of the easier herbs to grow and it produces both edible flowers and leaves. The small star-shaped blue flowers are popular with bees. Sow borage seeds in their final location or in peat pots and/or peat pellets as borage does not transplant well. The leaves taste of cucumber and can be used in salads or drinks. For an extra decorative touch, freeze the borage flowers in ice cubes and serve with lemonade.
RHC226 Boneset ( Eupatorium perfoliatum )
Pure white umbels midsummer to fall, butterfly attractor, grows
3-4 feet tall, hardy to zone 3.
As suggested by the Latin species name, the stem appears to be growing through the leaf. To early herb doctors, this indicated the plant would be useful in setting bones, so its leaves were wrapped with bandages around splints. The dried leaves have also been used to make a tonic, boneset tea, thought effective in treating colds, coughs, and constipation.
HR105 Lemon Balm (
Melissa officinalis )
Lemon scented leaves and sprigs
used to make teas and cool drinks. Good for potpourri and the
flowers attract bees.
1A009 Medico Alfalfa
( Medicago sativa )
Alfalfa produces a large
amount of nectar, which is highly attractive to many species
of bees, and from which honey bees produce excellent crops of
high quality honey. This strain of alfalfa can be made into a
tea by placing two teaspoons of dried leaves in a cup of
boiling water and soaking for 15 minutes. This tea is used to
treat arthritis, boils, digestive disorders, urinary tract
infections and bowel disorders. The chlorophyll in this brew
will also dispatch of bad breath. Eating the sprouts in
salads is also very beneficial.
1A008 Red Clover (
Trifolium pratense )
Clover is highly attractive to
bees, which visit it avidly for nectar and pollen. Red Clover
has long had a reputation as a cancer fighter. The plant
contains large amounts of tocopherol, a potent antioxidant
form of vitamin E that has been shown to prevent tumor
formation in animal studies. It may also provide effective
relief for menopausal symptoms as elements of the plant
behave like estrogen. A tea can be made by boiling three
teaspoons of dried flower tops per cup of water and steeping
15 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day.
HR229 English Thyme
( Thymus vulgaris )
Seasoning for poultry
chowders, stews, sauces and pickles. Good honey plant for
H883 Vitex ( Vitex
A magnificent garden plant, it blooms
profusely all summer attracting bees and butterflies. The
plants can achieve a height of 10 ft. or more. Plants are
used medicinally to relieve headaches, dizziness, colds and
3373 Slender False Foxglove( Agalinis tenufolia )
This native plant is often grown as a summer annual but is really a perennial that is grown in zones 3-8. It is about 1-2' tall and usually branches abundantly. It is more or less erect. The slender stems are rather angular with flat ridges, green to reddish purple, and hairless to mostly hairless. The opposite leaves are up to 3" long and 1/8" across; they are green to purplish/reddish green, linear, glabrous, and sessile.
The nectar of the flowers attracts long-tongued bees (bumblebees, honeybees, and Large Leaf-Cutting bees), Panurgine bees (Calliopsis andreniformis & others), and butterflies.
The caterpillars of the butterfly Junonia coenia (Buckeye) feed on the foliage, while the caterpillars of the moth Rhodoecia aurantiago (Orange Sallow) bore into the seedpods. Mammalian herbivores may browse on the foliage of Slender False Foxglove, although it is reportedly toxic to sheep.
TPF113 Purple Coneflower ( Echinacea purpurea }
Echinacea purpuea is one of the great butterfly magnets of the native perennial garden. Coneflowers are easy to grow in average to dry, well drained soils. Flowers with large orange gold spiky centers and strong reflexed rose pink petals appear in July and August. Very drought tolerant.Easy to grow, used medicinally.
Plants are heat and drought tolerant, and blooms are used for cut and dried flower arrangements. The drug Echinacea, used to boost the immune system, comes from this genus. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants usually rebloom without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers improves general appearance. Freely self-seeds if at least some of the seed heads are left in place. Best suited for zones 4-9.
NP630 Butterfly Weed
( Asclepias tuberosa )
A hardy perennial growing
to about 2 ft. tall with a profusion of flowers that attracts
butterflies of all types. At any given time you may see
species of Monarch, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Cabbage White,
Gray Hairstreak, Western Swallowtail, and many others feeding
on this plant. Cannot ship to HI
HR195 Sage ( Salvia officinalis )
The Sage herb has fragrant gray-green leaves and attractive mauve flower spikes in early summer. It's highly attractive to birds, bees and butterflies.
Use fresh or dried leaves to flavor pork, poultry, dressings,
sausages and just about anything!
Containing naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, the herb sage is best known as a culinary spice that adds flavor to poultry dishes. However, sage has been used for hundreds of years in folk medicine to treat a variety of different ailments. Most commonly drunk as a tea, sage herb is good for the nerves, digestive system and for balancing estrogen levels in women.
HR167 Lemon Mint ( Monarda citriodora )
A wonderful annual that attracts beneficial insects. Monarda Citriodora is commonly called Lemon Bee Balm, Lemon Mint, and Purple Horsemint. As the name suggests, it is an herb in the mint family. Lavender-to-pink, tuft-like, whorled flower heads attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The Lemon Mint herb plant blooms from spring into late summer. Often late in the season the scent is described as resembling oregano more than lemon. Plants will grow about 36" tall.
JF248 Pink Pop ( Agastache astromontana )
A flower plant for all types of gardens, this super-long blooming perennial will delight you with bouquets of fragrant, lavender pink flower spikes from midsummer through early fall.
Butterflies and hummingbirds find this plant hard to resist! The abundant flowers are presented atop very well-branched stems lined with small, aromatic, grey-green leaves. The plants are very uniform and compact with a terrific upright habit.
This plant is perfect for growing in rock gardens, flower borders, cottage gardens, herb gardens, butterfly gardens, and large containers.
Pink Pop is a very tidy Agastache, staying in a rounded 18 inch mound. It has tall soft pink spikes that are very attractive to hummingbirds. It will bloom June-Oct with deadheading. The foliage has a spicy scent and the flowers are also spicy flavored, making them useful as garnish in salads.
It needs good drainage and prefers full sun, although will do well in hot areas with a bit of afternoon shade. This variety is seed grown, so dead heading early will assure that the plant doesn't self sow. It is a vigorous rebloomer if deadheaded.
Long flowering pink spikes, flowers summer first year, well branched, fragrant ( delightful old time flower garden fragrance ), for pot or garden. Flowers in 12 weeks. Grows about 14" tall. Good cutflower and potpourri plant. Perennial plant hardy to zone 6.
D2208CD Long Stemmed Black-Eyed-Susans ( Rudbeckia asteraceae )
Black Eyed Susans seem to attract the Great Spangled
Fritillary better than any other flower. This is just an
observation, not a documented fact. They are a good nectar
source for many species. This variety of Black Eyed Susans is
particularly well suited for cut flowers. Vase life is 6-10
BB100 Butterfly/Hummingbird Mix
mixture of flowers for attracting hummingbirds and
Contains: Coneflower, Arroy Lupine, Mallow, Four-O'Clock, Nasturtium, Zinnia 'Pumila Mix', Bird's Eyes, Rocket Larkspur,
Sweet William Pinks, Spurred Snapdragon, Corn Poppy, Scarlet Sage, Catchfly, Balsam, Dwarf Columbine, Foxglove, Maltese Cross, Lemon Mint and Rocky Mountain Penstemon.
Sow seeds in February in South, April in the North.
2 ounce package of seeds will cover 300 square ft.