Bees are one of the most important pollinators on the planet and if you’re someone who loves them, then you can grow Flowers for Bees to attract them!
Bees feed on the nectar and pollen of the flowers, and that helps in the cross-pollination between the flowers by spreading the pollen from one to another. Here is the list of Flowers for Bees that will make them visit your garden every day!
List of Flowers for Bees
1. Sunflower / Surajmukhi
Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus
The central head of sunflower lures the bees like none other. It’s wiser to grow a couple of sunflowers together, as bees collect nectars from flower to flower, causing cross-pollination between them.
2. Marigold / Genda
Botanical Name: Tagetes
There goes a big controversy regarding marigold attract or repel bees. In reality, marigold repels some pests and attract beneficial pollinators like honeybees, thanks to its strong scent and rich nectar.
3. Rose / Gulab
Botanical Name: Rosa
Not all roses attract bees, but the ones with single petals do, as their tuft of stamens is quite visible. Rosa rugosa and Rosa bracteata are some of the best varieties.
4. Lantana / Raimunia
Botanical Name: Lantana camara
One of the bees’ favorite flowers, Lantana features a cluster of tiny flowers in an array of purple, yellow, white, and pink shades and attracts bees with sweet nectar, intoxicating scent, and appealing colors.
Botanical Name: Lavandula
The mesmerizing fragrance of the lilac hued lavender invites bees and flies even from the miles away. Compared to other bees, bumblebees love lavender most.
6. Dandelion / Dudhal
Botanical Name: Taraxacum
Bees and hoverflies love to feast upon this bee-friendly flower, as it is rich in nectar and pollen both. Since the flower is composed of numerous florets, it offers a huge source of pollens.
7. Hibiscus / Gudhal
Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Bees are fond of Hibiscus nectar as it is very sweet to make honey and hive. The trumpet-shaped flower appears in a wide color spectrum, ranging from lavender, red, pink, to purple-blue.
8. Passionflower / Krishnakamal
Botanical Name: Passiflora
The bright and heavy pollen of passionflower attracts honeybees like anything! The showy, purple flower is admired for its exotic floral pattern that adds stunning visuals to the landscape too!
Botanical Name: Antirrhinum
Bees are most susceptible to get attracted by blue and yellow colors, making snapdragon one of their favorite. Apart from the color, snapdragon draws bees by releasing four times more fragrance than others. .
Botanical Name: Borago officinalis
The addition of blue-violet borage in the garden turns it into a paradise for honeybees and bumblebees. Moreover, borage has been grown for increasing honey production for ages.
11. Arabian Jasmine / Mogra
Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac
The white to cream flowers, with waxy petals, is the pride of Indian gardens thanks to its delightful scent. Though it unfurls during night time, its fragrance invites certain bees and moths for pollination.
12. Monarda / Beebalm
Botanical Name: Monarda didyma
As the name hints, the fragrant beebalm is always accompanied by the hovering of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The daisy-like, open flower of Monarda has tubular and lacy petals that vary in color.
13. Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name: Buddleja
The slender panicles covered with vivid blooms draw butterflies and bees attention. Appearing in summer, and spring, the bloom also adds appeal to the landscape through its wide color range of colors.
Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis
The spikes of salvia bear nector-rich purple blossoms that emit delightful fragrance, so as to invite bumblebees, honeybees, native bees, and even wasps for pollination.
Annual Flowers for Bees
Botanical Name: Cosmos bipinnatus
Showcasing a wide spectrum of colors, cosmos features lacy petals arranged in an open cup shape, making it easier for bees to spot pollen. Flowering throughout the summers, it invites bees and butterflies, both.
Botanical Name: Hylotelephium spectabile
Thanks to its charming hues, and low growing tendency, it is mostly used as a ground cover. Autumn Joy Sedum, and Album Superbum, are the best varieties to attract honeybees.
17. Shasta Daisy
Botanical Name: Leucanthemum × superbum
Thanks to its pollen-rich, bright yellow eye, shasta daisy draws a multitude of bees in the landscapes. The daisy-like, semi-double flower features milky white petals that complement the yellow disc florets.
18. Dahlia / Lahure
Botanical Name: Dahlia pinnata
Although many hybrid varieties of dahlia flowers are covered in petals, Dahlia Annika, Dahlia Dark Desire, and Dahlia Sunshine are best for bees.
Botanical Name: Asteraceae
Coming in elegant shades of pinks, blues, and purple, aster features slender and thin petals with profound pollen that bees love to feed.