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Solutions: Pollinators

Every flowering native plant you establish will help promote and protect native pollinators, and honeybees will benefit from many of the natives also.

Thermopsis rhombifolia Mt. Goldenpea attracts several different species of bumblebees, but honeybees do not seem interested.  Opening the flower to get pollen probably requires more muscle than honeybees have.
We thought you would enjoy some of the pictures we catch of pollinators visiting different native plants. We are not insect experts, so we are not able to give accurate names for these critters, but we will list the native plants we found them on!
Monardella odoratissima Mountain Beebalm is a favorite of butterflies and various wild bees.
If you want to learn more about pollinators and other insects try this website: www.xerces.org
Eriogonum niveum Snow Buckwheat serves lots of honeybees with its late summer/fall blooming when there are not many flowers in the landscape.  Snow buckwheat is a beauty and is often found with Rabbitbrush and sagebrush.
As you probably know honeybees are having some challenges these days, but home landscaping with native plants can make a difference for honeybees and lots of other native pollinators. To learn some of the native plants recommended by the folks at The Xerces Society click here [links to PDF]
Cleome serrulata Rocky Mountain Beeplant is a honeybee magnet.  Our only reservation on this plant at the moment is that it may become a weed in pastures because cattle do not seem to eat it.  We do not produce Rocky Mountain Beeplant at the current time, but let us know if you want it…and if enough of our customers want it ...please let us know your thoughts on this or other species of interest  sales@ruggedcountryplants.com.
Thermopsis rhombifolia Mt. Goldenpea, this is one of our favorite pics of a “honkin big bombus” coming in for a landing.
Prunus emarginata Bittercherry with a bluish black wasp and another un-identified pollen spreader.

The Xerces Society has several really interesting publications on pollinators such as:

  • Pollinator-Friendly Parks. How to enhance Parks, Gardens, and other Greenspaces for Native Pollinator Insects.
  • Making Room for Pollinators. How to Create Habitat for Pollinator Insects on Golf Courses.
  • Making More Room. A Companion to Making Room for Pollinators: Oregon’s Butterflies, Local Plants, and Extra Resources.
  • Farming for Bees: Guidelines for Providing Native Bee Habitat on Farms

You can download the above PDF documents at http://www.xerces.org/guidelines/

Monardella odoratissima Mountain Beebalm
Achillea millefolium Common Yarrow feeds honeybees and at least 5 other wild bee species that we have observed on it.

The majority of native plants we grow produce flowers that insects use and pollinate. See Habitat/Wildlife section under the plant descriptions for references to pollinators. We will add more pollinator pictures as we get them. Please email us what you know about pollinators and specific native plants and you can help us provide more information about this critical stewardship arena info@ruggedcountryplants.com

Thanks for your interest in this important group of creatures.

 

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