To attract those beneficial bees, provide an abundance of the right kind of blooms.  Different pollinators are active at different times of year, so plant a variety of plants that bloom from early spring through late fall.  Choose plants of various heights, including flowering shrubs and perennials with a range of flower shapes and sizes. Bees are especially attracted to blue, purple, and yellow flowers.

The plants listed below will allow you to grow the perfect bee habitat in your California Landscape. Please note that while we carry many if not all the plants listed here, selection may vary by location and may only be available in select seasons. Please contact your local SummerWinds Nursery for selection. Our Trusted Garden Advisors are also great resources for helping you choose the right plants for your garden.

Plants That Attract Bees

Perennials That Attract Bees

Common Name Botanical Name Perennials
Anise Hyssop Agastache spp. Aster Attracts Bees
Aster (pictured right) Aster spp.
Beard Tongue Penstemon spp.
Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
Blanket Flower Gaillardia spp.
Broadleaf, Common Plantain Plantago major California Poppies Attract Bees
Buckwheat Fagopyrum spp.
Calamint Calamintha spp.
California Poppy (pictured right) Eschscholzia californica
Cat Mint Nepeta spp.
Coneflower Echinacea spp. Dahlias Attract Bees
Coreopsis Coreopsis spp.
Cosmos Cosmos spp.
Dahlia (pictured right) Dahlia spp.
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
Germander Teuchrium spp. Helleborus Attract Bees
Goldenrod Solidago spp.
Tower of Jewels Polemonium spp.
Japanese Bellflower Echium wildpretii
Lenten Rose (pictured right)  Helleborus spp.
Matilija Poppy Romneya coulteri Plumbago Attract Bees
Milkweed Asclepias spp.
Mullein Verbascum spp.
Peter's Gold Carpet Bidens ferulifolia
Plumbago (pictured right) Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Pincushion Flower Scabiosa spp. Russian Sage Attracts Bees
Phlox, Summer Phlox Phlox paniculata
Santa Barbara Daisy Erigeron karvinskianus
Russian Sage (pictured right) Perovskia atriplicifolia
Salvia/Sage Salvia spp.
Red Valerian (pictured right) Centranthus ruber Red Valerian Attracts Bees
Scented Geranium Pelargonium graveolens
Sea Holly Eryngium spp.
Sea Lavender/Statice Limonium spp.
Seaside Daisy Erigeron spp.
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum x Autumn Joy Thistle Attracts Bees
Shasta Daisy Leucantheyaum superbum
Snow In Summer Alyssum spp.
Speedwell Veronica spp.
Thistle (pictured right) Cirsium, Eryngium
Thyme Thymus spp. Jacobs Ladder Attracts Bees
Toadflax Linaria purpurea
Torch Lily Kniphofia spp.
Jacob's Ladder (pictured right) Polemonium spp.
Verbena Verbena spp.
Vinca Vinca minor Yarrow Attracts Bees
Wall Flower Erysimum spp.
Wild Buckwheat Eriogonum spp.
Wild Radish Raphanus raphanistrum
Yarrow (pictured right) Achillea spp.

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Shrubs That Attract Bees

Common Name Botanical Name Shrubs
Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia Ceanothus Attracts Bees
Bluebeard – Blue Mist Caryopteris spp.
California Wild Lilac (pictured right) Ceanothus spp.
Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus
False Heather Cuphea spp. Lantana Attracts Bees
Lantana (pictured right) Lantana spp.
Lavender Lavandula spp.
Mint Bush Prostanthera spp.
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans Rosemary Attracts Bees
Privet Ligustrum
Rosemary (pictured right) Rosmarinus officinalis
Spirea Spiraea spp.
Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo or marina Mallow Attracts Bees
Tree Mallow (pictured right) Lavatera arborea
Viburnum Viburnum spp.
Willow Salix spp.

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Vines That Attract Bees

Common Name Botanical Name Vines
Black-Eyed Susan Vine Thunbergia alata Vines Attracts Bees
Wisteria Wisteria spp.

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Annuals That Attract Bees

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Common Name Botanical Name Annuals
Bachelor Buttons Centaurea cyanus Sunflowers and Borage Attract Bees
Borage (pictured) Borago spp.
Sunflower (pictured) Helianthus spp.
Snapdragon (pictured) Antirrhihum spp. Snapdragons and Zinnias Attract Bees
Violet Viola spp.
Zinnia (pictured) Zinnia spp.

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