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Taking Care of Our Nectaring Insects

Updated: Jan 9

Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male parts of a flower to the female parts of a flower of the same species, which results in the fertilization of plant ovaries and the production of seeds. This requires a lot of energy and nectar is a flower's gift to the pollinator for helping them cross-pollinate. Our native bees use pollen for their larvae. The non-native European honey bee is the only bee to make honey from the nectar that can be harvested. Our native bumble bee makes honey but not enough to harvest.


Achillea millefolium - Common Yarrow

White to blush pink flowers in June-August on 12-30" tall plants in full sun and dry to average soil. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Clay soil tolerant. Fragrant foliage. Can handle some light foot traffic.

Aquilegia canadensis - Wild Columbine

Red and yellow bicolor flowers in May-June on 12-36" plants in full sun to full shade and average to wet soil. Deer resistant. Host plant for Columbine Duskywing butterfly.

Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed

Pink flowers in July on 36-48" tall plants in full sun to partial shade and average to wet soil but will tolerate some drought. Deer resistant. Host plant for monarch caterpillars and important for native bees and wasps.

Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed

Fragrant purple-pink flowers in June-July on 36-60" tall plants in full sun and dry to moist soil. Very aggressive spreader forming large colonies. Deer resistant and drought tolerant. Host plant for monarch caterpillars and important for native bees and wasps.


Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed

Orange flowers in July-August, 18-36" in full sun and dry to moist but sandy and well drained soil. Deer resistant. Host plant for monarch caterpillars and important for native bees and wasps.