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.


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Agastache scrophulariifolia
Purple Giant Hyssop, Purple Giant-hyssop

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade
Water: Moist

Amorpha canescens
Leadplant, Leadplant Amorpha, Prairie Shoestring

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Asclepias tuberosa
Butterflyweed, Butterfly Weed, Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Ceanothus americanus
New Jersey Tea, Redroot

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Cirsium discolor
Field Thistle

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Coreopsis lanceolata
Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Lance-leaved Coreopsis, Lanceleaf Tickseed, Sand Coreopsis

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Crataegus crus-galli
Cockspur Hawthorn, Cockspur Thorn, Newcastle Hawthorn, Newcastle Thorn, Hog Apple

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Dalea purpurea
Purple Prairie Clover

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Echinacea purpurea
Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Eryngium yuccifolium
Rattlesnake Master, Button Eryngo, Button Snakeroot, Beargrass, Bear's Grass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Eutrochium purpureum
Purple Joepyeweed, Sweet-scented Joepyeweed, Sweet Joepyeweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Gentiana andrewsii
Closed Bottle Gentian, Closed Gentian, Bottle Gentian

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: 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

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Lobelia siphilitica
Great Blue Lobelia

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Lupinus perennis
Sundial Lupine, Wild Lupine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Monarda fistulosa
Wild Bergamot, Beebalm

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Monarda punctata
Spotted Beebalm, Spotted Horsemint, Horsemint

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon digitalis
Mississippi Penstemon, Mississippi Beardtongue, Smooth White Penstemon, Smooth White Beardtongue, Talus Slope Penstemon, Talus Slope Beardtongue, Foxglove Penstemon, Foxglove Beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist, Dry

Pycnanthemum virginianum
Virginia Mountain Mint

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Silphium perfoliatum
Cup Plant, Indian Cup

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Wet, Moist, Dry

Solidago speciosa
Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum
Calico Aster

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
New England Aster, New England American-aster

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Verbesina alternifolia
Wingstem, Yellow Ironweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist