How Can I Help Pollinators?

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Pollinators, including honey bees, are having a hard time these days. The list of suggestions below will help pollinators. With the majority of our population living in urban communities and apart from nature, we sometimes forget that we are a part of the natural world.

  • GO OUTSIDE
    Go out outside and see how many pollinators you hear and observe. What is in your area? It's hard to understand and support the environment when we live inside all day.

  • PLANT STUFF
    Make your community more sustainable. Plant things that pollinators like (see a list below). Keep areas of your yard undisturbed so insects can have a place to stay.

  • AVOID CHEMICALS INCLUDING WEED KILLERS
    The chemicals we use on our grass and in our gardens and yards affects the fauna and flora around us. For example, weed killers can affect insects negatively as well as the unwanted plants. Did you know dandelions are one of the main sources of nectar and pollen in the spring for insects?

  • COMMUNITY
    Support sustainable local groups, actions, events, societies, & clubs

  • ETHICAL & INFORMED PURCHASES & CONSUMPTION
    Your purchases are actually votes for a product, as companies will supply what we demand. So....Where does the product come from? How much of a carbon footprint does it have? What are the processes used to get it to the store shelf? What ingredients does it have? What chemicals were used to grow it/preserve it/prepare it?

Plants to Grow

pleaseplantflowersList of Plants Pollinators Like in Canada
1 Abies spp. (Fir trees)
2 Acer negundo (Manitoba maple, Box Elder)
3 Acer rubrum (Red Maple)
4 Acer spp. (Maple)
5 Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)
6 Aesculus spp. (Buckeye)
7 Agastache foeniculum (Blue Giant Hyssop, Anise Hyssop)
8 Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven)
9 Ajuga reptans (Common Bugleweed)
10 Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion)
11 Allium spp. (Onions & Chives)
12 Alnus spp. (Alder)
13 Althea (Alcea) rosea (Hollyhock)
14 Alyssum saxatile (Golden Cress, Basket of Gold)
15 Ambrosia trifida (Giant Ragweed)
16 Amelanchier alnifolia (Serviceberry, Saskatoon)
17 Amorpha canescens (Leadplant, Prairie Shoestring)
18 Amorpha fruticosa (False Indigo)
19 Anenome patens (Prairie crocus)
20 Angelica atropurpurea (Angelica)
21 Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidneyvetch)
22 Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon)
23 Apocynum androsaemifolium (Fly-trap Dogbane, Spreading Dogbane)
24 Apocynum cannabinum (Dogbane, Indian Hemp)
25 Aralia spinosa (Devils Walkingstick)
26 Aralia spp. (Sarsaparilla)
27 Arbutus menziesii (Madrone)
28 Arctium lappa (Greater Burdock)
29 Arctium minus (Lesser Burdock)
30 Asclepias incarnata (Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed)
31 Asclepias syriaca (Milkweed, Field Milkweed)
32 Asclepias tuberosa (Milkweed, Butterfly Weed)
33 Asparagus officinalis (Asparagus)
34 Aster (a.k.a. Symphotrichium) (Aster)
35 Astragalus cicer (Milkvetch)
36 Azalea (Rhododendron) (Azalea, Rhododendron)
37 Baptisia australis (Blue False Indigo)
38 Baptisia tinctoria (Yellow Indigo)
39 Berberis spp. (Barberry)
40 Betula spp. (Birch)
41 Bidens spp. (Beggars Ticks)
42 Borago officinalis (Borage)
43 Brassica spp. (Canola, Mustards)
44 Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold, Kingcup)
45 Campanula rapunculoides (Bellflower)
46 Caragana arborescens (Caragana)
47 Carthamnus tinctorius (Safflower)
48 Carumcarvi (Caraway)
49 Carya spp. (Hickory)
50 Castanea dentata (Chestnut)
51 Catalpa bignonioides (Catalpa)
52 Catalpa speciosa (Catalpa)
53 Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)
54 Ceanothus spp. (California Lilac)
55 Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)
56 Centaurea spp. (Knapweed, Cornflower)
57 Cephalanthus occidentalis (Button Bush)
58 Chamaenerion (now Chamerion) angustifolium (Fireweed)
59 Cheirathus spp. (Wallflower)
60 Cichorium intybus (Chicory)
61 Cirsium arvensis (Canada Thistle)
62 Cirsium spp. (Thistles)
63 Cladrastis kentukea (American Yellowwood)
64 Claytonia virginica (Spring Beauty)
65 Clematis virginiana (Clematis)
66 Cleome serrulata (Bee plant)
67 Cleome spp. (Bee plants, Spider flowers)
68 Coreopsis lanceolata (Tickseed)
69 Coreopsis spp. (Tickseed)
70 Coreopsis tinctoria (Tickseed)
71 Cornus sericea (Red Osier Dogwood)
72 Cornus stolonifera (Red Osier Dogwood)
73 Coronilla varia (Crown vetch)
74 Corylus spp. (Hazelnut)
75 Cosmos bipinnatus (Cosmos)
76 Crataegus spp. (Hawthorn)
77 Crocus spp. (Crocus)
78 Cucumis melo (Melon)
79 Cucumis sativa (Cucumber)
80 Cucurbita maxima (Squash, Pumpkin)
81 Cucurbita moschata (Squash)
82 Cucurbita pepo (Squash, Pumpkin, Gourd)
83 Cucurbita spp. (Pumpkin, Squash, Gourd)
84 Cyanoglossum officinale (Hounds Tongue)
85 Cytisus scoparius (Scotch broom)
86 Daucus carota (Wild Carrot, Queen Annes Lace)
87 Diervilla lonicera (Bush Honeysuckle)
88 Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove)
89 Diplotaxis tenuifolia (Wall Rocket)
90 Dipsacus sylvestris (fullonum) (Teasel)
91 Echinocystus lobata (Wild Cucumber)
92 Echium vulgare (Blueweed, Vipers Bugloss)
93 Elaeagnus hortensis (angustifolia) (Russian Olive)
94 Epilobium (now Chamerion) angustifolium (Fireweed)
95 Erigeron speciosus (Fleabane)
96 Eupatorium perfoliatum (Boneset)
97 Euphorbia esula (Leafy Spurge)
98 Fagopyrum esculentum (Buckwheat)
99 Fagus grandifolia (Beech)
100 Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel)
101 Fragaria virginiana (Wild Strawberry)
102 Fragaria X ananassa (Culivated strawberry)
103 Gaylussacia baccata (Black Huckleberry)
104 Gentianopsis crinata (Fringed Gentian)
105 Geranium bicknellii (Bicknells Cranesbill, Northern Cranesbill)
106 Gleditsia triacanthos (Honey Locust)
107 Glycine max (Soya bean, soybean)
108 Grossularia (or Ribes) uva-crispa (Gooseberry)
109 Hamamelis virginiana (Witchhazel)
110 Hedysarum boreale (Northern Sweet Vetch)
111 Helenium autumnale (Common Sneezeweed)
112 Helianthus annuus (Sunflower)
113 Hibiscus trionum (Flower-of-an-hour, Bladder Weed, Sho-fly)
114 Hydrophyllum virginianum (Waterleaf)
115 Hypericum perforatum (St. Johns Wort)
116 Hyssopus officinalis (Hyssop)
117 Impatiens capensis (Jewel Weed)
118 Ipomoea purpurea (Morning Glory)
119 Juglans nigra (Walnut)
120 Kalmia angustifolia (Sheep Laurel)
121 Larix spp. (Larch or Tamarack)
122 Lathyrus tuberosus (Tuberous Vetchling)
123 Lavandula angustifolia, L. officinalis (Lavender)
124 Leonuris cardiaca (Motherwort)
125 Lespedeza bicolor (Shrub Bush-clover)
126 Liatris cylindracea (Blazing Star)
127 Liatris spicata (Blazing Star, Prairie Gay Feather)
128 Ligustrum japonicum (Japanese Privet)
129 Limnanthes douglasii (Meadow Foam)
130 Linaria vulgaris (Toadflax)
131 Linum flavum (Yellow Flax)
132 Linum perenne (Perennial Flax)
133 Linum usitatissimum (Flax, Linseed)
134 Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree)
135 Lonicera spp. (Honeysuckles)
136 Lotus corniculatus (Birds-foot Trefoil)
137 Lupinus spp. (Lupine)
138 Lysimachia spp. (Garden Loosestrife)
139 Lythrum salicaria (Purple Loosestrife)
140 Malus (sometimes Pyrus) coronaria (Apple, Crabapple)
141 Malus domestica (Apple)
142 Malva moschata (Musk Mallow)
143 Medicago lupulina (Black Medic, Blackweed, Black Hay)
144 Medicago sativa (Alfalfa)
145 Melilotus alba (White Sweet Clover )
146 Melilotus indica (Small-flowered Sweet Clover)
147 Melilotus officinalis (Yellow Sweet Clover)
148 Mentha spicata (Spear Mint)
149 Mentha spp. (Mints)
150 Monarda fistulosa (Horsemint)
151 Myrica gale (Myrtle)
152 Nepeta catarina (Catnip)
153 Nicotiana tabacum (Tobacco)
154 Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose)
155 Onobrychis viciaefolia (Sainfoin)
156 Oxalis stricta (Wood Sorrel)
157 Paeonia spp. (Peony)
158 Papaver spp. (Poppy)
159 Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper)
160 Pastinaca sativa (Wild Parsnip)
161 Penstemon gracilis (Slender Penstemon)
162 Penstemon spp. (Beardtongues)
163 Phacelia linearis (Scorpionweed, Phacelia)
164 Phacelia tanacetifolia (Lacy Phacelia)
165 Phaseolus coccineus (Scarlet Runner Bean)
166 Phaseolus vulgaris (Garden Bean)
167 Phryma leptostacha (Lop Seed)
168 Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)
169 Picea spp. (Spruces)
170 Pinus spp. (Pines)
171 Polygonum hydropiperoides and other spp. (Smartweed)
172 Polygonum spp. (Knotweeds)
173 Populus spp. (Aspen)
174 Prunella vulgaris (Self-heal)
175 Prunus americana (American Plum)
176 Prunus armeniaca (Apricot)
177 Prunus avium (Sweet Cherry)
178 Prunus cerasus (Sour Cherry)
179 Prunus domestica (Plum)
180 Prunus nigra (Canadian Plum)
181 Prunus pensylvanica (Pin Cherry)
182 Prunus persica (Peach)
183 Prunus serotina (Wild Cherry)
184 Prunus serrulata (Japanese Cherry)
185 Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn)
186 Prunus virginiana (Chokecherry)
187 Ptelea trifoliata (Hop tree)
188 Pyrus arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry)
189 Pyrus communis (Pear)
190 Pyrus malus (also Malus domestica) (European crab apple)
191 Quercus spp. (Oak)
192 Raphanus raphinastrum (Radish)
193 Rhamnus alnifolia (Alder-leaved Buckthorn)
194 Rhamnus cathartica (Buckthorn)
195 Rhododendron (Azalea) (Rhododendron, Azalea)
196 Rhododendron canadense (Rhodora)
197 Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum) (Labrador Tea)
198 Rhus spp. (Sumacs, Poison Ivy & Oak)
199 Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac)
200 Ribes nigrum (Black Currant)
201 Ribes rubrum (Red Currant)
202 Ribes spp. (Currants )
203 Ribes uva-crispa (Gooseberry)
204 Robinia pseudoacacia (Black Locust)
205 Rosa spp. (Wild roses)
206 Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry)
207 Rubus idaeus (Raspberry)
208 Rubus occidentalis (Raspberry)
209 Rubus odoratus (Purple Flowered Raspberry, Thimbleberry)
210 Rudbeckia hirta (Cone Flower)
211 Salix spp. (Willows)
212 Salvia officinalis (Sage)
213 Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry)
214 Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)
215 Scrophularia marilandica (Carpenters Square)
216 Sedum (Stonecrop)
217 Senecio spp. (Groundsel)
218 Sinapis alba (White mustard)
219 Solidago spp. (Goldenrods)
220 Sonchus arvensis (Field Snowthistle)
221 Sonchus oleraceus (Common Sow Thistle)
222 Sorbus (sometimes Pyrus) aucuparia (European Mountain Ash, Rowan)
223 Stachys lanata, S. byzantina (Wooly Hedgenettle, Lambs Ear)
224 Stachys palustris (Marsh Hedgenettle)
225 Stachys spp. (Hedgenettle, Betony, Lambs Ear, Woundwort)
226 Symphoricarpos albus (Common Snowberry)
227 Symphoricarpos occidentalis (Western Snowberry)
228 Symphyotrichum spp. (Asters (numerous species))
229 Symplocarpus foetidus (Skunk Cabbage)
230 Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)
231 Taxus spp. (Yews)
232 Thalictrum spp. (Meadow Rue)
233 Thymus ( Thyme)
234 Tilia americana (Basswood, Linden)
235 Tragopogon dubius (Salsify)
236 Trifolium hybridum (Alsike Clover)
237 Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)
238 Trifolium repens (White Clover)
239 Trifolium spp. (Clovers)
240 Tussilago farfar (Coltsfoot)
241 Ulmus americana (Elm)
242 Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)
243 Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry)
244 Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry)
245 Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Lingonberry)
246 Verbena hastata (Swamp Verbena)
247 Verbena spp. (Vervain)
248 Verbesina alternifolia (Wingstem)
249 Viburnum lentago (Nannyberry)
250 Viburnum opulus (European Cranberry)
251 Viburnum spp. (Viburnums)
252 Vicia americana (American Vetch)
253 Vicia cracca (Cow Vetch)
254 Vicia faba (Broad Bean)
255 Vicia lathyroides (Spring Vetch)
256 Vicia sativa (Vicia angustifolia) (Common Vetch)
257 Vicia villosa (Hairy Vetch)
258 Viola spp. (Violets & Pansies)
259 Vitis spp. (Grapes)
260 Wisteria floribunda (Wisteria)
261 Zanthoxylum americanum (Prickly Ash)
262 Zea mays (Maize, Corn)