Pollinator Plants

Who are the pollinators?

Bees and butterflies may be the most well-known pollinators, but don’t forget about moths, flies, beetles,
bats, and birds too. Sadly, many of these pollinator species are threatened by habitat loss and excessive
pesticide use, leading to a decline in pollinator populations. But by increasing the number of nectar
and pollen sources available, we can help improve their health and numbers. We rely on many of these
pollinators for the food we eat! So what can we do to help?
Help Save the Pollinators and Plant Your Own Pollinator Garden!
The most successful Pollinator Gardens are those that contain both food sources for immature pollinators
(i.e. Monarch caterpillars) and nectar sources for adult pollinators (i.e. Monarch butterflies). This way
your garden can support the full life cycle! Most gardens should be planted in full sun–not only because
Pollinator Plants require full sun, but because insects rely on the heat of the sun to become active.

Pollinator Gardens Should:

• Use plants that provide food, nectar and pollen sources
• Create large masses of native or non-invasive plants
• Establish continuous bloom throughout the growing season
• Provide a water source
• Be situated in sunny areas with wind breaks
• Eliminate or minimize the impact of pesticides

Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge!

Once you plant your Pollinator Garden join the challenge by adding your garden to the Million
Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) map! For more information on pollinators, the Challenge itself, and
registering your garden, visit the MPGC website: http://millionpolliatorgardens.org. And Bee sure to visit
the Pollinator Garden at Green Bay Botanical Garden this summer, located in the Herb Garden

Common Name Latin Name Herb Garden Location Food Source or Nectar Source Pollinators Attracted
 Anise Hyssop  Agastache
foeniculum
 Culinary Herbs,
Drinkable Herbs
 Nectar Source  Bees, butterflies
Ornamental Onion  Allium  Pollinator Garden  Nectar Source  Bees
 Chives  Allium
schoenoprasum
 Culinary Herbs  Nectar Source  Bees
 Dill  Anethum graveolens  Culinary Herbs  Food Source;
Nectar Source
 Butterfly larvae; Butterflies
 Swamp Milkweed  Asclepias incarnata  Pollinator Garden  Food Source;
Nectar Source
 Butterfly larvae; Bees, butterflies,
hummingbirds
 Commom Milkweed  Asclepias syriaca  Pollinator Garden  Food Source;
Nectar Source
 Butterfly larvae; Bees, butterflies,
hummingbirds
 Butterfly Weed  Asclepias tuberosa  Medicinal Herbs,
Pollinator Garden
 Food Source;
Nectar Source
 Butterfly larvae; Bees, butterflies,
hummingbirds
 New England Aster  Symphyotrichum
novae-angliae
 Pollinator Garden  Nectar Source  Bees, butterflies
 Borage  Borago officinalis  Culinary Herbs,
Drinkable Herbs
 Food Source;
Nectar Source
 Butterfly larvae; Bees
New Jersey Tea Ceanothus
americanus
Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, wasps
Pale Purple
Coneflower
Echinacea pallida Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds,
moths, wasps
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Culinary Herbs,
Drinkable Herbs
Food Source;
Nectar Source
Butterfly larvae; Butterflies
Lantana Lantana camara Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Butterflies, hummingbirds
Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Butterflies
Bee Balm Mondarda didyma Drinkable Herbs,
Pollinator Garden
Nectar Source Bees, Butterflies, hummingbirds
Wild Bergamont Monarda fistulosa Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds,
wasps
Catmint Nepeta x faassenli Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees
Flowering Tobacco Nicotiana sylvestris Polinator Garden Nectar Source Hummingbirds
Parsley Petroselinum crispum Culinary Herbs Food Source Butterfly larvae
Mountain Mint Pycanthemum
pilosum
Drinkable Herbs Nectar Source Bees, butterflies
Stonecrop Tagetes patula Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Butterflies
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds,
moths
Tall Verbena Verbena bonariensis Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds,
moths
Zinnia Zinnia Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds