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.


Thumb Species Characteristics

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

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

Baptisia tinctoria
Horseflyweed, Yellow Wild Indigo

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

Ceanothus americanus
New Jersey Tea, Redroot

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

Cercis canadensis
Eastern Redbud, Redbud

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

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

Echinacea purpurea
Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower

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

Eutrochium maculatum
Spotted Joe-pye Weed, Joe-pye Weed, Spotted Trumpetweed

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

Gentiana andrewsii
Closed Bottle Gentian, Closed Gentian, Bottle Gentian

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

Helenium autumnale
Common Sneezeweed, Fall Sneezeweed, Autumn Sneezeweed

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

Liatris spicata
Dense Blazing Star, Dense Gayfeather, Dense Liatris, Marsh Blazing Star, Marsh Gayfeather, Marsh Liatris

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

Lobelia siphilitica
Great Blue Lobelia

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

Monarda fistulosa
Wild Bergamot, Beebalm

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

Salix discolor
Pussy Willow, Glaucous Willow

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

Solidago rugosa
Wrinkleleaf Goldenrod, Wrinkle-leaf Goldenrod, Rough-leaved Goldenrod, Roughleaf Goldenrod, Rough-stemmed Goldenrod, Roughstem Goldenrod

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

Solidago sempervirens
Seaside Goldenrod

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

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

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

Tilia americana
American Basswood, American Linden, Lime Tree, Bee Tree

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

Vaccinium corymbosum
Highbush Blueberry

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

Verbesina alternifolia
Wingstem, Yellow Ironweed

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

Vernonia noveboracensis
New York Ironweed

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