Great Lakes Pollinator Plant List

Recommended native plants that are highly attractive to pollinators such as native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. Visit Pollinator Conservation Resources Great Lakes Region for additional information. The pollinator resources found on this page support habitat projects in Ontario and northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York. This information provided by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Scientific Name Common Name Duration Habit Sun Water
Agastache scrophulariifolia Purple Giant Hyssop, Purple Giant-hyssop Perennial Herb Sun, Shade Moist
Amorpha canescens Leadplant, Leadplant Amorpha, Prairie Shoestring Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Asclepias tuberosa Butterflyweed, Butterfly Weed, Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower Perennial Herb Sun Moist, Dry
Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea, Redroot Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Cirsium discolor Field Thistle Biennial Herb Sun Dry
Coreopsis lanceolata Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Lance-leaved Coreopsis, Lanceleaf Tickseed, Sand Coreopsis Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Dry
Crataegus crus-galli Cockspur Hawthorn, Cockspur Thorn, Newcastle Hawthorn, Newcastle Thorn, Hog Apple Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Dalea purpurea Purple Prairie Clover Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Echinacea purpurea Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Eryngium yuccifolium Rattlesnake Master, Button Eryngo, Button Snakeroot, Beargrass, Bear's Grass Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Eutrochium purpureum Purple Joepyeweed, Sweet-scented Joepyeweed, Sweet Joepyeweed Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Gentiana andrewsii Closed Bottle Gentian, Closed Gentian, Bottle Gentian Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Liatris pycnostachya Prairie Blazing Star, Prairie Gayfeather, Prairie Liatris, Kansas Blazing Star, Kansas Gayfeather, Kansas Liatris, Cat-tail Blazing Star, Cat-tail Gayfeather, Cat-tail Liatris, Hairy Button-snakeroot Perennial Herb Sun Moist, Dry
Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Lupinus perennis Sundial Lupine, Wild Lupine Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot, Beebalm Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Monarda punctata Spotted Beebalm, Spotted Horsemint, Horsemint Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Penstemon digitalis Mississippi Penstemon, Mississippi Beardtongue, Smooth White Penstemon, Smooth White Beardtongue, Talus Slope Penstemon, Talus Slope Beardtongue, Foxglove Penstemon, Foxglove Beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Wet, Moist, Dry
Pycnanthemum virginianum Virginia Mountain Mint Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Silphium perfoliatum Cup Plant, Indian Cup Perennial Herb Sun Wet, Moist, Dry
Solidago speciosa Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum Calico Aster Perennial Herb Sun
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England Aster, New England American-aster Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Verbesina alternifolia Wingstem, Yellow Ironweed Perennial Herb Sun Moist