Bee populations are on the decline. Without bees pollination would not possible for some plants to survive. Pollination is the process when pollen is transferred from one flower to a second flower of the same species. The fertilize it a transferred pollen begins the process of fruit and seed production. A few plants can pollinate themselves, yet most require the help of pollinators like insects, birds, bats. Continue reading for a list of flowers that attract bees.
Why is Pollination Important
The role bees and other pollinators play in a healthy and productive plant growth is significant. One out of every three bites of your food depends on pollinators? About 150 crops grown in the U.S. depend on bees and other pollinators. Pollination of fruits and vegetables including apples, almonds, blueberries, citrus, melons, pears, plums, and squash to name a few. Pollinators are also vital to plants fed to livestock, as well as to fiber-producing plants, such as cotton.
When a bee visits another flower, some of the pollen gets transferred. Good pollination results in large, healthy fruits with viable seeds. Poor pollination results in deformed fruits that often drop off before maturing.
Help Create A Bee Friendly Habitat
Gardeners and garden enthusiast contributing to their gardens collectively, would add tens of thousands of acres for bees and other pollinators to call habitat. To make your landscape a pollinator friendly environment, follow a few steps.
- Create diversity in your garden: To attract different types of pollinators, choose plants of various heights. Different pollinators are active at different times of year, therefore variety of plants that bloom from early spring through late fall.
- Planting to receive full sun: Nectar-source plants should receive full sun from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. additionally planting for continuous blooms. When one plant stops blooming, another begins, thus birds and butterflies have a constant food source.
- Include a water feature: Add a water feature to your landscape such as bird baths and small ponds.
For more information on pollinators that in include butterflies and humming bird, download the PDF Attracting Pollinators
Plants That Attract Bees
- Bee balm
- Bee plant
- Blanket flower
- Four o’clock
- Giant hyssop
- Globe thistle
- Joe-pye weed
- Paint brush
- Wild rose