Plants for the Sunlit Pollinator Habitat

Rebuild pollinator habitats with flowers that bloom from March through November.  Plants with the highest pollinator value include fall-blooming Asters and Goldenrods.  Letting leaves decay in your garden provides winter habitat and also replenishes the soil. 

Note that the Plant List below is accurate, but the photos are not.

​Trees

Sweet Gum

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette'

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Food for Winter Birds, Sequester Carbon

Shrubs

Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa 'Low Scape Mound'

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Winter Birds, Food for Birds, Food for Caterpillars

Virginia Rose

Rosa virginiana

Ecological Benefits: Food for Breeding Birds

Perennials

Arkansas Amsonia

Amsonia hubrichtii

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Caterpillars

White Wood Aster

Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry'

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Caterpillars

False Indigo

Baptisia australis

Ecological Benefits: Food for Caterpillars

Threadleaf Coreopsis

Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb'

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Appalachian Barren Strawberry

Geum fragarioides

Ecological Benefits: Not Applicable

Blue Flag Iris

Iris versicolor

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife

Eastern Bee Balm

Monarda bradburiana

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Goldenrod

Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece'

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Winter Birds, Food for Caterpillars

Indian Pink

Spigelia marilandica

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Grasses & Groundcovers

Poverty Rush

Juncus tenuis

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Carousel'

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Food for Winter Birds

Blue Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne'

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife

Heath Aster

Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry'

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Caterpillars

Green and Gold

Chrysogonum virginianum var. australe

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Fire Pink

Silene caroliniana var. wherryi 'Short and Sweet'

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Winter Birds

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