Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)

Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)

Marsh Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)

Marsh Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)

Stiff Goldenrod (Oligoneuron album)

Stiff Goldenrod (Oligoneuron album)

Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)

Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)

Illinois Rose (Rosa setigera)

Illinois Rose (Rosa setigera)

Attracts Bees

Native plants attract pollinators. Many people are not aware that most native bees are not the familiar fuzzy yellow and black bumblebees or the yellow-banded honeybees we typically think of. In fact, most native bees do not live in colonies but rather live out solitary lives burrowing in the soil, or in hollow plant stems or tree holes. In Illinois there are more than 225 native bee species that range in size from just a few millimeters to 1.5 inches. Our native bees, which don’t sting unless stepped on by accident, have developed specific specific life-cycle relationships with native plants. Because of these associations and their efficieny as pollinators, native bees are extremely important to native wildflowers. Below are plants that attract pollinators.

Alexanders, Golden (Zizia aurea)
Alumroot, Prairie (Heuchera richardsonii)
Anemone, Meadow
 
(Anemone canadensis)
Aster, Aromatic
(Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)
Aster, Big-leaved (Eurybia macrophylla)
Aster, Flat-top
(Doellingeria umbellata)
Aster, Flax-leaved (Ionactis linariifolius)
Aster, Heath (Symphyotrichum ericoides)
Aster, New England (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Aster, Shining (Symphyotrichum puniceum)
Aster, Short's (Symphyotrichum shortii)
Aster, Side-flowering (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Aster, Silky (Symphyotrichum sericeum)
Aster, Sky-blue (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)
Aster, Smooth Blue (Symphyotrichum laeve)
Beardtongue, Foxglove (Penstemon digitalis)
Beardtongue, Hairy (Penstemon hirsutus)
Beardtongue, Pale (Penstemon pallidus)
Beardtongue, Smooth (Penstemon calycosus)
Bergamot, Wild (Monarda fistulosa)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Blazing Star, Cylindrical
(Liatris cylindracea)
Blazing Star, Marsh (Liatris spicata)
Blazing Star, Prairie (Liatris pycnostachya)
Blazing Star, Rough (Liatris aspera)
Blazing Star, Scaly (Liatris squarrosa)
Black-eyed Susan, Showy (Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa)
Black-eyed Susan, Sweet (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)
Boneset, Common (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Boneset, False (Brickellia eupatorioides)
Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba)

Bush Clover, Round-headed 
(Lespedeza capitata)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Cinquefoil, Prairie
 (Potentilla arguta)
Cinquefoil, Shrubby (Potentilla fruticosa)

Clover, Purple Prairie (Dalea purpurea)
Clover, White Prairie (Dalea candida)
Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)
Coneflower, Gray-headed (Ratibida pinnata)
Coneflower, Pale Purple (Echinacea pallida)
Coneflower, Purple (Echinacea purpurea)
Coreopsis, Prairie (Coreopsis palmata)
Coreopsis, Sand (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Coreopsis, Tall (Coreopsis tripteris)
Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)
Geranium, Wild
(Geranium maculatum)
Goldenrod, Blue-stemmed (Solidago caesia)
Goldenrod, Broad-leaved (Solidago flexicaulis)
Goldenrod, Common Grass-leaved (Euthamia graminifolia)
Goldenrod, Early (Solidago juncea)
Goldenrod, Elm-leaved (Solidago ulmifolia)
Goldenrod, Ohio (Oligoneuron ohioensis)
Goldenrod, Old-field (Solidago nemoralis)
Goldenrod, Prairie (Oligneuron album)
Goldenrod, Riddell's
(Oligoneuron riddellii)
Goldenrod, Showy (Solidago speciosa)

Goldenrod, Stiff (Oligoneuron rigidum)
Goldenrod, Swamp (Solidago patula)
Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Hyacinth, Wild (Camassia scilloides)
Hyssop, Purple Giant (Agastache scrophulariaefolia)
Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)
Ironweed, Common (Vernonia fasciculata)
Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans)
Joe Pye Weed, Purple
(Eutrochium purpureum)
Joe Pye Weed, Spotted (Eupatoriadelphus maculatus)
Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)
Lily, Michigan 
(Lilium michiganense)
Lobelia, Great Blue
(Lobelia siphilitica)
Loosestrife, Narrow-leaved (Lysimachia quadriflora)
Loosestrife, Winged (Lythrum alatum)
Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba)
Milk Vetch, Canadian (Astragalus canadensis)

Milkweed, Whorled (Asclepias verticillata)
Mint, Common Mountain (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
Mint, Horse (Monarda punctata)
Mint, Ohio Horse (Blephilia ciliata)
Mint, Wild (Mentha arvensis)
Mint, Wood (Blephilia hirsuta)

Onion, Wild (Allium canadense)
Parsnip, Heart-leaved Meadow (Zizia aptera)
Phlox, Cleft (Phlox bifida)
Phlox, Woodland (Phlox divaricata)
Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
Rose, Early Wild (Rosa blanda)
Rose, Illinois (Rosa setigera)
Rose, Pasture (Rosa carolina)
Rose, Swamp (Rosa palustris)
Rosin Weed (Silphium integrifolium)
Sedge, Awned Graceful 
(Carex davisii)
Sedge, Crowfoot Fox 
(Carex crus-corvi)
Sedge, Riverbank (Carex emoryi)
Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)
Snakeroot, White
(Ageratina altissima)
Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
Spiderwort, Common (Tradescantia ohiensis)
St. Johnswort, Spotted (Hypericum punctatum)
Starry Campion 
(Silene stellata)
Steeplebush
(Spiraea tomentosa)
Sunflower, Downy (Helianthus mollis)
Sunflower, False (Heliopsis helianthoides)
Sunflower, Western (Helianthus occidentalis)
Thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica)
Tick Trefoil, Illinois (Desmodium illinoense)

Tick Trefoil, Showy (Desmodium canadense)
Two-Flowered Cynthia (Krigia biflora)
Vervain, Blue (Verbena hastata)
Vervain, Hoary (Verbena stricta)
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Waterleaf, Virginia (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)
Wild Golden Glow (Rudbeckia laciniata)
Wild Senna (Cassia hebecarpa)