40 Fabulous Bee Friendly Plants that Honeybees Love

This post was most recently updated on May 2nd, 2020

There are some plants that are beneficial for honeybees, and others that are no use to them at all. Knowing what plants are bee friendly plants that will feed and nourish the honeybees is critical to their survival. Below are 40 bee-friendly plants that honeybees love.

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If you are serious about companion planting or growing a food forest, you should consider adding some of the bee friendly plants to your garden.

Why Do We Need to Save the Honeybee?

The numbers of honeybees are really on the decline. With the rise of the varroa mite and the increase in pesticide and insecticide used, our bees are dying.

In massive numbers.

Entire hives are perishing, and they are not strong enough to regenerate.

There are some farms – like the Californian almond growers – that truck in huge numbers of bees every year, but they use so many pesticides and fungicides that the hives often just die once they have completed their task of pollinating the millions of trees (1).

Why does this matter?

Albert Einstein said “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live”

He was a smart man. Genius even. Now, I am not sure of the maths of what he said, but he can’t be far wrong.

Bees are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world (2). And without them we are fairly well doomed.

We need more bee friendly plants that are without sprays to keep our bees healthy and well fed.

Honey bees are facing extinction. There are some things we can do to help ensure their survival. Having a garden full of bee friendly plants is one of them. Here are 40 fabulous plants to get you started with planing a bee friendly garden. #bees #keepingbees #gardening #sustainability #homesteading

What Can We Do to Save the Honeybee?

All is not lost. Many people are working to prevent the extinction of the honeybee, and you can help too!

1)  Provide water for them. Bees need water, especially in hot weather. A pond with a shallow edge or with waterlilies in it to give them a safe landing pad. Alternately shallow saucers of water out in the garden would help.

2) Garden organically. Avoid sprays, especially when the plants are in flower.

3) Eat more organic food. This will help encourage producers to stop spraying.

4) Grow lots of bee friendly plants.

40 Fabulous Bee Friendly Plants that Honeybees Love

Alyssum
Aquilegia
Asteraceae family: asters, sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos and dandelions.
Boraginaceae family: borage, comfrey and phacelia
Brassica family: Broccoli, Cabbage, Mustard, Collards
Calendula
Californian poppy
Carrot family (Apiaceae): fennel, coriander and parsley
Cornflower
Delphinium
Forget-me-not
Foxglove
Fruit trees: apple, pear, citrus and plum trees.
Lamiaceae (or mint) family: basil, bee balm (monarda), catmint, lemon balm
Mint
Lavender
Lobelia
Marigold
Nasturtium
Pansies
Phlox
Rosemary
Sage
Scabiosa
Snapdragons
Sweet peas
Thyme

Honey bees are facing extinction. There are some things we can do to help ensure their survival. Having a garden full of bee friendly plants is one of them. Here are 40 fabulous plants to get you started with planing a bee friendly garden. #bees #keepingbees #gardening #sustainability #homesteading

Tips for Planting a Bee Friendly Garden

When you are growing bee friendly plants, try to plant them in large mass plantings if you can. These should be at least 1m/3ft in diameter to allow the bees to arrive and fill up before having to move on. A mass planting will also be more obvious for them to see.

Pick at least 4 different types of bee friendly plants from this list to provide food for different times of the year. Some plants like borage and lavender will flower for a very long time and the bees love them.

Blue and yellow flowering plants are the best plants for bees.

Choose old fashioned varieties with an easy to access center. Modern hybrids are often without pollen or nectar and can be difficult to navigate.

Bee friendly wildflowers are available on Amazon:

Have you planted anything specifically for the bees? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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Honey bees are facing extinction. There are some things we can do to help ensure their survival. Having a garden full of bee friendly plants is one of them. Here are 40 fabulous plants to get you started with planing a bee friendly garden. #bees #keepingbees #gardening #sustainability #homesteading

6 thoughts on “40 Fabulous Bee Friendly Plants that Honeybees Love”

  1. I need help please. I planted hyacinth bulbs last fall which recently bloomed. We live in a high desert.
    Two weeks ago I saw three honeybees foraging in the blooms. Yesterday I found three honeybees, each head first, dead inside these blooms.
    When I planted the bulbs I had horrible itch on my face.
    I am going to pull out these bulbs today as I don’t know another reason for the bees to die.
    Does anyone have any insight?
    Thank you

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  2. This is a wonderful article. We have planted a Vegetable garden and I had forgotten about the marigolds. I didn’t see it on the list but my old neighbor had gardenias that’s always had bees around. Gardenias are heavenly.

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  3. This is an excellent article.
    Lavender, marigolds, basil and Forget-me-not are the four flowers I will grow.
    I will also place 3-4 shallow saucers of water out in the garden.
    Thank you so much for the info.

    p.s. Hoping that hundreds of more people will read your post, I’m also sending your wonderful post to Facebook.

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  4. Many of the plants that attract honey bees, such as basil, lavender, lemon balm, marigolds, and mint, will also deter insects that are pests or that can be harmful to your vegetable garden. I keep plenty of lavender, basil and mint around to deter mosquitos and have marigolds in my vegetable garden.

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