Plant lists, restoration tactics, and videos

Dr. Vera Krischik, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota,, performs research and extension on landscape, nursery and greenhouse crops, nontarget effects of insecticides, and IPM.

On this page are additional materials for the course located at campus extension called Mitigating pollinator decline with IPM, December 1, 2015. Also, this page contains materials relevant to a Citizen's Science-like project on pollinators.


Plant lists for selecting plants that honeybees and native bees visit. Find links to videos on bee-friendly plants below.

Bee Friendly Plants, Karl Foord, Extension Educator Professor, UMinnesota, 2016


May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct nectar/pollen

Prunus spp. (Plums, cherries)

white           n,p

Malus spp. (crabapples)

white           n,p

Rubus spp. (raspberry, blackberry)

white           n

Wild Mustard  (Brassica arvenisi)

yellow           n,p

Beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

lavender lavender         n,p

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

pink pink         n,p

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris)

pink pink         p

Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)

red red red red red red n,p

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

yellow yellow yellow       n,p

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syrica)

    pink       n,p

Red Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

    pink       n,p

Culver's root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

    white       n

Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

    purple       n,p

Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

    blue       n,p

Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis)

    white white     n,p

Rattlesnake master

(Eryngium yuccifolium)

    white white     n,p

Blue Sage (Salvia azurea)

    blue blue     n

Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

    purple purple     n,p

Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis)

    yelow yellow     n,p

Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii)

    purple purple     n

Onion (Allium spp.)

    white white     n,p

Indian blanket (Gallardia pulchella)

      orange orange orange n,p

Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)

      yellow yellow   n,p

Compass Plant (Silphium lancelota)

Prarie dock (Silphium laciniatum)


Borage (Borago officinalis)

      lavender lavender   n,p

Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

      blue blue   n

Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

      lavender lavender   n

Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

      blue blue   n

Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

      pink pink   n

Lavender Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

      purple purple   n

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)

      purple purple   n

Dotted Mint (Monarda punctata)

      lavender lavender   n

Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata)

      red red   n

Downy Sunflower (Helianthus mollis)

      yellow yellow   n,p

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)

      pink pink   n

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)

      pink pink   n.p

Tall Boneset (Eupatorium altissimum)

      white white   n,p

Dense Blazingstar (Liatris spicata)

      purple purple   n

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella)

      red/yellow red/yellow   n,p

S American Vervain(Verbena bonariensis)

      purple purple purple n,p

Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

      red red red n,p

Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

      yellow yellow yellow n,p

Sedum x 'Autumn Joy' (Hylotelephium telephium)

      pnk pink pink n,p

Woodland Sunflower

(Helianthus strumosus)

      yellow yellow yellow n,p

New England Aster

(Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

      purple purple purple n,p


Bee-friendly space, Karl Foord, Extension Educator Professor, UMinnesota, 2016

A good pollinator plant

Nesting habitat for pollinators

Creating habitat thru seasons

Pollinators and pesticides

Bee lawns long


Bee lawns short

Native bees, Apidae, part 1

Native bees, Megachillidae, part 2

Fruit orchard pollinators


Bumble bees, Elaine Evans, UMinnesota

Buzz pollination long

Buzz pollination short

Colletes foraging short

Andrena nest entrance

Magnificant monarchs


Dragonflies in flight

Pictorial ode to insect flight

Insect flight wing structure