Mid-Atlantic 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 Mid-Atlantic Region for additional information. The pollinator resources found on this page support habitat projects in southern New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Northern North Carolina. This information provided by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Scientific Name Common Name Duration Habit Sun Water
Asclepias tuberosa Butterflyweed, Butterfly Weed, Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower Perennial Herb Sun Moist, Dry
Baptisia tinctoria Horseflyweed, Yellow Wild Indigo Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea, Redroot Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Cercis canadensis Eastern Redbud, Redbud Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist
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
Echinacea purpurea Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Eutrochium maculatum Spotted Joe-pye Weed, Joe-pye Weed, Spotted Trumpetweed Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Gentiana andrewsii Closed Bottle Gentian, Closed Gentian, Bottle Gentian Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Helenium autumnale Common Sneezeweed, Fall Sneezeweed, Autumn Sneezeweed Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Liatris spicata Dense Blazing Star, Dense Gayfeather, Dense Liatris, Marsh Blazing Star, Marsh Gayfeather, Marsh Liatris Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot, Beebalm Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist, 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
Salix discolor Pussy Willow, Glaucous Willow Perennial Shrub Sun Moist
Solidago rugosa Wrinkleleaf Goldenrod, Wrinkle-leaf Goldenrod, Rough-leaved Goldenrod, Roughleaf Goldenrod, Rough-stemmed Goldenrod, Roughstem Goldenrod Perennial Herb Sun Wet
Solidago sempervirens Seaside Goldenrod Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England Aster, New England American-aster Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Tilia americana American Basswood, American Linden, Lime Tree, Bee Tree Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist, Dry
Verbesina alternifolia Wingstem, Yellow Ironweed Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Vernonia noveboracensis New York Ironweed Perennial Herb Sun Moist