Top 30 Plants That Attract Pollinators
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Looking forward to a garden that will let you enjoy rhododendrons in the spring, honeysuckle in the summer, and pumpkins in autumn? To enjoy a garden, you need pollinators along with the soil, the seed, and the sun! Pollinators are essential to the reproduction of 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants.
In fact, pollinators are key to the transformative stages in plants that bring about beautiful flowers and tasty veggies. Since they are so vital to the ecosystem, we created a list of our favorite flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
To produce seeds, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, many plants need to be pollinated. These plants produce nectar, which attracts pollinators including butterflies, bees, and birds. As the pollinators move from flower to flower gathering nectar, they also transport pollen from one plant to the next.
Flowers have both male and female parts, known respectively as anthers and stigma. Pollination occurs when pollen grains move from anthers to the stigma. When it arrives on the stigma, a piece of pollen develops a tube that reaches from the style to the ovary. Fertilization occurs, and seeds will follow.
Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds are some of nature’s primary pollinators, but moths, certain types of insects, the wind, and even bats can also help the process. Unfortunately, many parts of the U.S. have seen declines in pollinators. In many cases, their habitats are threatened by urbanization. Pesticides with harmful chemicals also kill pollinators along with weeds and predators. Because pollinators are so essential to a garden, and potentially threatened, it is a great idea to add plants to your yard that are known to attract pollinators.
To find out which plants and pollinators are native to your region, go to a pollinator guide and fill in your zip code.