Plants That Attract Bees

Bees on plants

To attract those beneficial bees, provide an abundance of the right kind of blooms.  Different pollinators are active at different times of year, so plant a variety of plants that bloom from early spring through late fall.  Choose plants of various heights, including flowering shrubs and perennials with a range of flower shapes and sizes. Bees are especially attracted to blue, purple, and yellow flowers.

The plants listed below will allow you to grow the perfect bee habitat in your California Landscape. Please note that while we carry many if not all the plants listed here, selection may vary by location and may only be available in select seasons. Please contact your local SummerWinds Nursery for selection. Our Trusted Garden Advisors are also great resources for helping you choose the right plants for your garden.

Plants That Attract Bees

Perennials That Attract Bees

Common Name Botanical Name
Anise Hyssop Agastache spp.
Aster Attracts Bees
Aster spp.
Beard Tongue Penstemon spp.
Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
Blanket Flower Gaillardia spp.
Broadleaf, Common Plantain Plantago major
Buckwheat Fagopyrum spp.
Calamint Calamintha spp.
California Poppy 
California Poppies Attract Bees
Eschscholzia californica
Cat Mint Nepeta spp.
Coneflower Echinacea spp.
Coreopsis Coreopsis spp.
Cosmos Cosmos spp.
Dahlias Attract Bees
Dahlia spp.
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
Germander Teuchrium spp.
Goldenrod Solidago spp.
Tower of Jewels Polemonium spp.
Japanese Bellflower Echium wildpretii
Lenten Rose 
Helleborus Attract Bees
Helleborus spp.
Matilija Poppy Romneya coulteri
Milkweed Asclepias spp.
Mullein Verbascum spp.
Peter's Gold Carpet Bidens ferulifolia
Plumbago Attract Bees
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Pincushion Flower Scabiosa spp.
Phlox, Summer Phlox Phlox paniculata
Santa Barbara Daisy Erigeron karvinskianus
Russian Sage
Russian Sage Attracts Bees
Perovskia atriplicifolia
Salvia/Sage Salvia spp.
Red Valerian
Red Valerian Attracts Bees
Centranthus ruber
Scented Geranium Pelargonium graveolens
Sea Holly Eryngium spp.
Sea Lavender/Statice Limonium spp.
Seaside Daisy Erigeron spp.
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum x Autumn Joy
Shasta Daisy Leucantheyaum superbum
Snow In Summer Alyssum spp.
Speedwell Veronica spp.
Thistle Attracts Bees
Cirsium, Eryngium
Thyme Thymus spp.
Toadflax Linaria purpurea
Torch Lily Kniphofia spp.
Jacob's Ladder
Jacobs Ladder Attracts Bees
Polemonium spp.
Verbena Verbena spp.
Vinca Vinca minor
Wall Flower Erysimum spp.
Wild Buckwheat Eriogonum spp.
Wild Radish Raphanus raphanistrum
Yarrow Attracts Bees
Achillea spp.

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Shrubs That Attract Bees

Common Name Botanical Name
Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia
Bluebeard – Blue Mist Caryopteris spp.
California Wild Lilac
Ceanothus Attracts Bees
Ceanothus spp.
Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus
False Heather Cuphea spp.
Lantana Attracts Bees
Lantana spp.
Lavender Lavandula spp.
Mint Bush Prostanthera spp.
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Privet Ligustrum
Rosemary Attracts Bees
Rosmarinus officinalis
Spirea Spiraea spp.
Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo or marina
Tree Mallow
Mallow Attracts Bees
Lavatera arborea
Viburnum Viburnum spp.
Willow Salix spp.

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Vines That Attract Bees

Common Name Botanical Name
Black-Eyed Susan Vine
Vines Attracts Bees
Thunbergia alata
Wisteria Wisteria spp.

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Annuals That Attract Bees

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Common Name Botanical Name
Bachelor Buttons Centaurea cyanus
Sunflowers and Borage Attract Bees
Borago spp.
Snapdragons and Zinnias Attract Bees
Helianthus spp.
Snapdragon (pictured) Antirrhihum spp.
Violet Viola spp.
Zinnia (pictured) Zinnia spp.

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