Bumble Bee Favorite Flowers 1. Lilacs Lilacs come in seven colors and are easy to grow. Most shrubs grow at eye-level and give off a sweet, floral fragrance to keep the bees and butterflies coming back for more. 2. Lavender Lavender plants are much-buzzed about when it comes to honey bees—possibly because of their long bloom time and the fact that they’re rich in nectar. 3. Wisteria Wisteria vines are quite fragrant, and when blossoms start to bloom during its short growing season, you can expect to see a swarm buzzing around this charming climber. 4. Mint
5. Sunflowers Sunflowers are tall with big, prolific heads that contain smaller flowers inside the circular disc. It’s basically a nectar and pollen playground for pollinators, but we also benefit from the crop because it yields seeds and oil. 6. Poppies This showy spring flower provides a banquet of food or pollen, where honey bees often frequent the plant’s flowering buffet 7. Black-eyed Susan We welcome the cheerful addition of this bright Missourian favorite and Maryland state flower in any garden or bouquet. Bees love feeding on its nectar and pollen-filled center. 8. Honeysuckle The sweet smell of honeysuckle is known to attract the birds...and the bees. 9. Lantana The small flowers in tiny clusters of lantanas yield big results for pollinators. 10. Snapdragons The snapdragon is a unique flower, in scent, shape, and color. Bumblebees are typically active during the day, and this is the time when snapdragons release most of their scent. Fun fact: Bees can’t see red. However, they do see yellow and blue, which makes the color of snapdragons attractive to bees as well. Its bell shape also gives bees easy access to its sweetness. 11. Sedums Sedums grow in the later months towards summer’s end, making it possible for worker bees to store up food for the winter. Also, sedums’ starry flowers grow low so they’re easy to reach for short-tongued honey bees. 12. Pale Purple Coneflower No buzz kill here. Purple coneflowers produce a lot of flowers, and they’re perfect for drawing bees and butterflies.
Favorite Weeds for Bees: ( early spring)If a hive of bees survives the winter, beekeepers know the bees will be safe from starvation if they can stay alive until dandelions bloom. Honey bees flock to dandelions in the early spring as each flower consists of up to 100 florets, each one packed with nectar and pollen.
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