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Providing wildflower-rich habitat is the most significant action you can take to support pollinators. Adult bees, butterflies, and other pollinators require nectar as their primary food source, and female bees collect pollen as food for their offspring. Native plants (species that existed in North America prior to European colonization) are adapted to local soils and climates, and are usually the best sources of nectar and pollen for native pollinators. Incorporating native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees into any landscape promotes local biological diversity and provides shelter and food for a diversity of wildlife. Prior to purchasing, make sure plants have not been treated with systemic pesticides. A list of local native growers can be found here.

Recommended Native Wildflowers

• Aster
• Bee Balm
• Black-eyed Susan
• Boneset
• Butterfly Weed
• Butterfly Milkweed
• Bottle brush
• Coneflower
• Coreopsis
• Crossvine
• Eastern Blue Star
• Foam flower
• Goldenrod
• Ironweed
• Joe Pye Weed
• Liatris 
• Lobelia 
• Lupine
• Mallow
• Marsh Blazing Star
• Mountain Mint
• Native Thistle
• Passionflower
• Partridge Pea
• Rattlesnake Master
• Salvia
• Sneezeweed
• Spiderwort
• Sunflower
• Swamp Milkweed
• Throughwort
• Turtlehead
• Wild Bergamot
• Wild Indigo

Register Your Garden!

Join the National Pollinator Garden Network's challenge of reaching one million registered pollinator gardens. Anyone and any size garden can join. Your garden might be number one million! Then add a photo of your garden or landscape to the MPGC/S.H.A.R.E map.

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