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Best Wildflower Groups for Pollinators

These are wildflower groupings. Follow the links to more detailed descriptions and growing conditions of these plants.

Asters (Symphyotrichum spp)

  • Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)
  • New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novo- )
  • Sky Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum )
  • Upland White Aster ( )

Beardtongues (Penstemon spp)

  • Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon )
  • Tall White Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)


  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Blazing Stars (Liatris spp)


  • Tall Coreopsis (Coreopsis )


Goldenrods (Solidago spp)

  • Riddell’s Goldenrod (Solidago riddell)
  • Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
  • Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)
  • Upland White Aster (Solidago ptarmicoides)
  • White Goldenrod (Solidago )

Hyssops and Agastache

  • Anise Hyssop
  • Giant Purple Hyssop
  • Giant Yellow Hyssop

Milkweeds (Asclepias spp)


Wild Sennas (Senna spp)

  • Wild Senna (Senna hebe)

Perennial Sunflowers

Tick Trefoil (Desmodium)

  • Showy Tick Trefoil (Desmodium )

Vervain (Verbena spp)

  • Hoary Vervain (Verbena )

Bergamot (Monarda)

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

Culvers Root (Veronicastrum)

Cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum)

Fireweed (Epilobium spp)

Lead plant (Amorpha canescens)

Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)

Field Thistle (Cirsium discolor)

Top Native Grasses for Ground Dwelling Native Bees

  • Big Bluestem
  • Little Bluestem
  • Indian Grass

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