Green Bee Company
 
 

 

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Cathy or Buz

39980 Foxtrot Circle

Elizabeth, CO 80107

(303) 842-1291

info@greenbeecompany.com

 

Bee Removal

Contact us about removing and re-hiving your bees instead of exterminating them.

(303) 842-1291

BEE-FRIENDLY PLANTS

See our Links page for the link to House of Bees.  They have a wonderful selection of bee friendly plants and, in particular, a great package with 8 seed packs and a "how to" booklet.  It's a great package for beekeepers and gardeners who want to encourage and help bee foraging.

NATIVE PLANTS

Native plants are the best way to attract and nurture bees. These are rich in pollen or nectar:

  • Aster (Aster)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
  • Blazing star (Liatris)
  • Caltrop (Kallstroemia)
  • Creosote bush (Larrea)
  • Currant (Ribes)
  • Elder (Sambucus)
  • Goldenrod (Solidago)
  • Huckleberry (Vaccinium)
  • Joe-pye weed (Eupatorium)
  • Lupine (Lupinus)
  • Oregon grape (Mahonia)
  • Penstemon (Penstemon)
  • Purple coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus)
  • Rhododendron (Rhododendron)
  • Sage (Salvia)
  • Scorpion-weed (Phacelia)
  • Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)
  • Stonecrop (Sedum)
  • Sunflower (Helianthus)
  • Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum)
  • Wild-lilac (Ceanothus)
  • Willow (Salix)

GARDEN PLANTS

These bee-friendly "exotics" are often preferred in gardens but should be used only as a supplement to the natives:

  • Basil (Ocimum)
  • Borage (Borago)
  • Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)
  • English lavender (Lavandula)
  • Globe thistle (Echinops)
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus)
  • Marjoram (Origanum)
  • Mexican sunflower (Tithonia)
  • NEPETA f. x Six Hills Giant : Catmint, Catnip
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus)
  • Wallflower (Erysimum)

List adapted from theXerces Society

RELATED NRDC WEBPAGES:

NRDC: Vanishing Bees

last revised 5/11/2009

Organic Beekeeping: Plants for forage and honeybee gardens
Bee plants divided by growth type for the landscaper

Herbs and Flowers

Comfrey
Germander
Veronica
Nasturtium
Stevia
Basil
Butterfly weed
Buglass
Chamomile
Chicory
Dropwort
Fennel
Ground Ivy
Hyssop
Lavender
Marjoram
Melilot
Dead Nettle
Queen of the Meadow
Winter Savory
Fuschia
Blanket Flower
Snapdragon
Catmint
Catnip
Clovers
Cresses

Rosemary
Pincushion
Goldenrod
Yarrow
Milkweed
Aster
Bellflower
Cornflower
Chrysanthemum
Lily of the Valley
Coreopsis
Foxglove
Fleabane
Russian Sage
Sages
Buckwheat
Lungwort
Pulsatilla (Pasque Fl)
Bee Balm (Bergamot)
Lemon Balm
Thyme
Borage
Snakeroot
All Mints
Teasel
Daphne
Dandelion

Bushes, Shrubs and Hedges

Button Bush
Russian Olive
Hebe
Bush Clover
Spice bush
Bush Cherry
Firethorn
Sumac
Pussy Willow
Thimbleberry
Snowberry
Blueberry
Lingonberry
Cranberry
Manzanita (UvaUrsi)
Oregon Grape
Mock Orange
Hollies
Desert Willow
Crape Myrtle (pruned to bush)
Escallonia

Vines

Wineberry
Honeysuckles


Small Trees

Loquat
Bee Bee Tree
Silverbell Trees
Hollies
Quince
Redbud
Lilacs
Blue Mist (Coryopteris)
Serviceberry
Plum trees
Dwarf fruit trees
Hazels
Alder
Medlar
Crape Myrtle

Trees

Golden Raintree
Tulip Tree (Yellow Poplar)
Abelia
Tree of Heaven
Acacia (Locust or Wattle)
Maples (Red, Silver, Sugar etc)
Devil's Walking Stick
American Yellow Wood
Summer Sweet
Cotoneaster
Hawthorn
Tupelo (black gum)
Sorrel (Sourwood)
Willows
Basswood
Linden
Elm
Chaste Tree
Persimmon 
Horse Chestnut
Chinese and Oregon Ash


Cultivated Fruit Tree Varieties

Apples
Cherries
Peach
Apricot
Plum
Pears
Citrus (all varieties)

Vegetable Garden Plants

Corn
Tomatoes
Peppers
Cucumbers
Melons
Beans
Legumes

Bee plants for early forage and late forage

Early Forage

Maples
Alder
Dandelion
Winter Honeysuckle
Willows
Pussy Willow
Peaches
Plums
Apples
Buckwheat
Crabapples

Late Forage

Asters
Bush Clover
Clovers
Goldenrod
Witch Hazels 
Bee Bee Tree

 


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