25 of the Best Honey Bee Friendly Flowers
These are the flowers Honey Bees visit.
And there of lots of them.
Creating a bee-friendly garden can be a great way to help our little friends. It’s basically a regular garden of plants, flowers and trees, but it offers a rich diversity of flowers that the bees will visit.
Imagine going to one store vs. going to your favorite stores in a shopping mall. Think of this as a shopping mall for bees! This list are flowers that honey bees really like.
Although there are some types of bees that have evolved to visit certain plants, just like us, bees love the variety!
Recommendations when looking for the right flowering plants:
Bright colors! Did you know bees have a complex form of vision? They not only have 2 sets of eyes, they have thousands of tiny lenses made of photosensitive cells but each of the lenses are designed to see pattern, motion, light and color (note: bees are unable to see the color red). With the way their eyes are designed, they tend to see things more along the blue/purple light spectrum because what they are actually looking for is the infra-red colors in the pollen on the flowers. That’s usually found near the brightly colored petals, which have developed over the years to be a “bulls-eye” infrared marker for the bees, so they know to head straight for it to find the pollen or nectar.
A variety. Bees will visit hundreds of flowers in one day. The more options the better! And for some flowering plants, like cucumbers, the male and female both produce pollen which means more bee visits are needed to get a good pollution cycle and ensure the female will create really good cucumbers. That’s when the cucumbers taste the best.
Lots of flowers, lots of bees and lots of pollination are more likely to guarantee a good harvest.
This also includes planting different types of the same plant, like lavender. Since they bloom at different times of the year, bees will have an ongoing selection of pollen and nectar to choose from.
Nectar producing. Flowers that bloom throughout the year, especially Spring to Fall. They recommend planting 10 plants in a group or bunch at a time.
Avoid chemicals or pesticides. That includes starter plants that have been pre-treated. Any pesticides that are water soluble get absorbed into the plant’s system, including the pollen and nectar. Pesticides and chemicals weaken the bee’s immune systems. Try all natural, organic products like these.
Bees need nectar and water. Add a pond or fountain with stones in it so the bees have a place to land.
Here are 25 flowers that honey bees love!
Blue flowers are especially loved by bees. If you want to list of blue flowers you can plant throughout the year, click here.
For a great list of bee attracting annuals, click here.
For a list of perennials that honey bees love, click here.
As you can see there are lots of options. So, grab the kids, put your gloves on and help our friends out!