12 Native Plants that Attract Pollinators

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Support Biodiversity & Boost Flower Farming Yields

Buying local flowers has been gaining popularity in recent years, with an increasing number of small-scale farmers growing and selling flowers locally. While flower farming is often associated with beauty and aesthetics, it also plays a crucial role in supporting biodiversity and providing habitat for pollinators.


Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, play a vital role in the reproductive cycle of plants. They transfer pollen from the male to the female parts of the flower, enabling the plant to produce seeds and fruits. In addition to their ecological importance, pollinators also play a critical role in the economic viability of farms. Pollinator-dependent crops, including many flowers, are estimated to be worth billions of dollars annually in the United States alone.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

To support pollinators on flower farms, it’s essential to provide a diverse array of native plants that bloom throughout the growing season. Native plants are adapted to local conditions, making them more resilient and better able to provide the resources that pollinators need. In addition, many native plants are host plants for specific species of butterflies and moths, making them an essential part of the food web. These plants are not only important for local ecosystems, but they are unique, fragrant and provide interest to arrangements and bouquets.

Below are some tried and true native plants for North American flower farmers to support pollinators. Hover/tap on each image to learn more!

One Response

    Carol Carrier

    June 14, 2023

    A lot of those plants also attract and feed our bird friends

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