Pollinator Friendly Flowers

Viper's Bugloss  (Echium Vulgare)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar, pollen
Plant Type: Flower, Non-Native
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Summer, Fall
Flower Color: Purple

Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 1 – 3 ft.

Common Sage  (Salvia officinalis)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar, pollen
Plant Type: Flower
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower Color: purple
Soil Adaptations
: Garden
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 1 - 3 ft.

California Goldenrod  (Solidago velutina ssp. californica)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar, pollen
Plant Type: Flower, Native
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Summer, Fall
Flower Color: yellow

Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 1 – 5 ft.

California Aster  (Symphyotrichum chilense)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar, pollen
Plant Type: Flower, Native
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Summer,  Fall
Flower Color: blue/lavender,yellow
Soil Adaptations
: Garden
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 1 – 3 ft.

Borage  (Borago officinalis)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar
Plant Type: Herb, Non-Native
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Spring, Fall
Flower Color: blue/purple

Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 2 – 3 ft.

Indian Blanket Flower  (Gailliardia)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar
Plant Type: Flower, Sunflower Family
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: red/orange
Soil Adaptations
: Clay
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: Depends on variety.  4 - 6 in. or 1 - 2 ft.

Sunflower Red Sun  (Tithonia rotundifolia)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar and Pollen
Plant Type: Flower
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: yellow/orange
Soil Adaptations
: Clay
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 5  – 8 ft.

Yarrow  (Achillea)

Importance to Bees and Pollinators: Major
Food Source: Nectar, pollen
Plant Type: Herb, Native
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower Color: white, yellow, gold, pink, or red
Soil Adaptations
: Garden
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Medium
Height: 2 – 3 ft.

African Blue Basil  (Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum 'Dark Opal')

Importance to Bees: Moderate
Food Source: Nectar and Pollen
Plant Type: Sterile hybrid, must be propagated by cuttings

Habit: Open
Flower Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower Color: Purple
Soil Adaptations
: Clay or Whatever
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Moderate
Height:  Up to 2 ft.

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Mustard / Rapeseed  (Brassica napus)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar and Pollen
Plant Type: Weed, Non-Native
By-Product: Canola Oil
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Soil Adaptations
: Clay or Whatever
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height:  Up to 3 ft.

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Lacy Phacelia  (PhaceliaTanacetifolia)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar
Plant Type: Flower, Non-Native
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: blue/purple

Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 2 ft.
Highly Invasive

Purple Coneflower  (Echinacea purpurea)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: All Day Nectar
Plant Type: Flower, Native
Habit: Anywhere
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: pink/purple
Soil Adaptations
: Clay
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low

Spanish Lavender  (Lavandula stoechas)

Importance to Bees: Moderate
Food Source: Pollen
Plant Type: Flower
Habit: Anywhere
Flower Season: Spring, Summer
Flower Color:
purple
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low

Common Thyme  (Thymus vulgaris)

Importance to Bees: Moderate
Food Source: Pollen
Plant Type: Flower
Habit: Anywhere
Flower Season: Spring, Summer
Flower Color:
pink
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low

California Poppy  (Eschscholzia californica)

Importance to Bees: Minor
Food Source: Pollen
Plant Type: Flower, State Flower
Habit: Anywhere
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color:
orange
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Highly Invasive

Russian Sage  (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Importance to Bees: Minor
Food Source: Nectar
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perenial
Flower Season: Summer, Fall
Flower Color: blue
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 2 – 4 ft.
Width: 3 – 3 ft.

Coreopsis  

Importance to Bees: Minor
Food Source: Nectar and Pollen
Plant Type: Flower, Sunflower Family
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: yellow

Exposure Adaptations: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 18 - 24 in.

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