100 Best Nectar Plants

100 Best Nectar Plants

 

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Bumble bees on globe thistle [Echinops]
Sorry, this is a long list but it is in order of bees preference so the most important ones are first.

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Buddleja
Sedum (Ice plant)
Lavender
Aster (Michaelmas Daisy)
Marjoram
Centaurea (Red Valerian)
Aubrieta
Field Scabious
Scabious (Butterfly Blue, Clive Greaves, etc)
Bramble
French Marigold
Hebe
Candytuft
Lobelia
Honesty
Mint
Eupatorium (Hemp Agrimony)
Phlox
Forget-me-not
Hesperis (Sweet Rocket)
Runner Bean
Centaurea (Knapweed)
Privet
Lythrum (Purple Loosestrife)
Verbena
Alyssum
Erigeron (Common Fleabane)
Dandelion
Dahlia
Wallflower, biennial
Wallflower, perennial eg. Bowles Mauve, Apricot Swirl.
Ivy ~when in flowering state.
Erica (Heath)
Calluna (Heather)
Potentilla
Ragwort ~ but must be prevented by law from seeding onto surrounding land.
Hardy Geranium (Cranesbill)
Primrose (Cultivated and wild)
Lavatera (Tree Mallow)
Chives
Thyme
Nepeta (Catmint)
African Marigold
Pansy
Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susie)
Hydrangea
Solidago (Golden Rod)
Leucanthemum (Ox-eye daisy)
Sweet William
Leucanthemum / Chrysanthemum maximum (Shasta Daisy)
Hyssop
Helianthemum (Rock Rose)
Lonicera (Honeysuckle)
Daisy
Teasel
Achillea ptarmica (Sneezewort)
Chrysanthemum ~ single
Cosmea (Cosmos)
Osteospermum (Cape daisy)
Clover
Echinops (Globe Thistle) & Cynara (Artichoke)
Argyranthemum (Marguerite)
Pot Marigold
Escallonia
Helichrysum (Everlasting Flower)
Syringa (Lilac)
Centaurea (Cornflower)
Hyacinth
Lychnis coronaria
Lychnis (Red Campion)
Nasturtium
Ceratostigma (Hardy Plumbago)
Limonium (Statice)
Echinacea (Cone flower)
Senecio / Brachyglotis
Onions when in flower & Alliums
Virginia Stocks
Petunia
Busy Lizzie
Coreopsis
Bluebell
Achillea millifolium (Yarrow)
Birds-Foot-Trefoil
Lathyrus (Everlasting Sweet Pea)
Cuckoo Flower
Feverfew
Inula
Dianthus (Pinks)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Ageratum
Corn Marigold
Eryngium (Sea Holly)
Grape Hyacinth
Cotoneaster
Buttercup
Hemp Agrimony
Viola (Heartsease)
Ceanothus
Musk Mallow
Heliotrope

NOTES

– Plant for maximum time of flowering.
– Early flowerers are especially important. (Primroses, Honesty, Wallflowers, Aubrieta)
– Late flowerers help build reserves to survive hibernation and to overwinter. (Sedums, Asters, Echinacea, etc)
– Flowering herbs are especially valuable. (Marjoram, Mint, Chives, etc)
– Climbers and scramblers can be used to provide vertical nectar stations. (Honeysuckle, Nasturtiums, Cotoneaster, Everlasting Sweet Peas)
– Ground cover plants provide low maintenance garden and nectar too. (Helianthemum, Alyssum, hardy Geranium, etc)
– Shade tolerant plants can attract insects too. (Red Campion, Bluebells, etc)
– Wildflower lawns can be real magnets for insects. (Dandelions, Clover, Yarrow, Birds-Foot-Trefoil, Daisies, etc)
– Bulbs and corms are low maintenance nectar sources. (Crocus, Snowdrops, Hyacinth, Bluebells, Dahlias.
– Some vegetables will attract too. (runner beans, flowering onions)

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