Plants that attract Bees

If you are looking to attract bees and other pollinators to your yard, we suggest trying some of the following plants! Your yard is sure to be a “buzz” with activity!
Source: Michigan State University, Feb. 2016

Annuals
Spider Plant (Cleome)
Dahlia
Heliotrope
Lantana
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Perennials
Yarrow (Achillea milefolium)
Anise Hyssop (Agastache)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa
Onion (Allium spp.)
Garlic (Allium spp.)
Chives (Allium spp.)
Leek (Allium spp.)
Scallion (Allium spp.)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias spp.)
Aster
Astilbe
Aster (Berheya purpurea)
Aster (Berlandiera lyrata)
Lesser Calamint (Calamintha nepeta)
Bellflower (Campanula spp.)
Corn Flower (Centaurea spp.)
Clematis (Clematis spp.)
Cone Flower (Echinacea)
Globe Thistle (Echinops)
Foxtail Lily (Eremurus stenophyllus)
Sea Holly (Eryngium spp.)
Fennel (Foeniculum)
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
Hardy Geranium (Geranium ibericum x)
Blue Cranebill (Geranium ibericum x)
Johnson’s Blue (Geranium himalayense)
Sneezeweed (Helenium)
Sunflower (Helianthus)
Sedum (Hylotelephium)
Inula (Inula royleana)
Himalayan elecampane (Inula royleana)
Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
Blazing Star (Liatris)
Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
Cut-leaf Mallow (Malva alcea)
Mints (Mentha spp.)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Bee Balm (Monarda)
Catmint (Nepeta)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Poppies (Papaver fhoeas)
Beardtongue (Penstemon)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia spp.)
Salvia
Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa)
Sedum
Aster (Symphyotrichum)
Thyme (Thymus)
Garden Speedwell (Veronica longifolia)

Shrubs
BlackShrubs
Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)
Dogwood – Silky, Gray & Red-Osier (Cornusspp.)
Cotoneaster
Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergillia gardenia)
Common Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Holly – common European, Box-leaved,
& Winterberry (Ilex aquifolium, crenata and verticillata)
Privet (Ligustrum vulgare)
Mockorange (Philadelphus coronarius)
Eastern Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Bush Cinquefoil (Pontentilla fruiticosa)
Sumac (Rhus spp.)
Rogosa Rose (Rosa rugosa)
Raspberry (Rubus spp.)
Elderberry (Sambucusspp.)
Spirea (Spiraea)
European Cranberry Bush (Viburnum opulus)

Trees
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.)
Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Hawthorn (Crategus spp.)
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Crabapple (Malus spp.)
Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)
Cherry (Prunus spp.)
Peach (Prunus spp.)
Plum (Prunus spp.)
Almond (Prunus spp.)
Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
Bradford Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudocacia)
Willow (Salix spp.)
Linden, Basswood (Tilia americana)
Little Leaf Linden (Tilia cordata)