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*Perennial - any plant that flowers for 2-3 years; any long-lived plant from the smallest flower to the largest tree that returns year after year, growing in size and stature until it reaches its full maturity. Most perennial plants can be divided in sections to produce new plants, or they can be grown from seeds and cuttings.


Annual - any plant that only flowers for 1-year; from the seed to blooms, and back to seed. Removing the flowers as they fade prolongs the blooming cycle, but if the pod is left to produce seeds, then many annuals will readily reseed themselves.


Beinerial - any plant that flowers for 2-years.

There is a wide array of common plants that support bees, from annual flowers to popular perennials, fruits, garden vegetables, shrubs and even trees. Below is a partial list of tried-and-true bee attractors for the Western North Carolina counties.


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Annuals

Perennials*

Fruits/ Vegetables

Herbs

Scrubs*

Trees*

Asters

Buttercups

Blackberries*

Bee Balm*

Blueberry

Alder

Calliopsis

Clematis

Cantaloupe

Borage*

Butterfly Bush

American Holly

Clover

Cosmos

Cucumbers

Catnip*

Holly

Basswood

Marigolds

Crocuses

Gourds

Cilantro

Honeysuckle

Black Gum

Poppies

Dahlias

Fruit Trees*

Fennel*

Indigo 

Black Locust

Sunflowers

Echinacea

Peppers

Lavender*

Privet

Buckeyes

Zinnias

English Ivy

Persimmon*

Mints*


Catalpa


Foxglove

Pumpkins

Rosemary*


Chestnut


Geraniums

Raspberries*

Sage*


Eastern Redbud


Germander 

Squash

Thyme*


Golden Rain


Globe Thistle

Strawberries*

Wormwood*


Hawthorns


Goldenrod

Watermelons



Hazels


Hollyhocks

Wild Garlic



Linden


Hyacinth




Magnolia


Hyssop




Maples


Lupines




Mountain Ash


Rock Cress




Poplar


Roses




Serviceberry


Sedum




Sourwood


Snowdrops




Sumac


Squills




Sycamore


Tansy




Tulip






Willows







The bees are really buzzing this year (2017), with all the pollen that is in the air. My yard is overloaded with pollen from locust, poplar, wild cherry, holly, and white pine trees, not to mention a yard full of “white clover” and “dandelions.”  There is one sourwood tree that is getting ready to flower soon. Yes, until I started keeping bees, I never appreciated the vast amounts of pollen that is produced in the yard every year.

Bee Spotter - creating a “bee-friendly” garden.