Good Nectar Source Plants

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PLANT

COLOR

HEIGHT

BLOOM PERIOD

SHRUBS

Azalea

variable

shrub

spring

Buddleia

blue, pink, white

shrub

midsummer-fall

Lilac

lavender, white, pink

shrub

spring

Sumac

white

shrub

spring

Vaccinium spp.

white, pink

low shrubs

spring-early summer

Viburnums

white

shrubs

spring

CULTIVATED ANNUALS

Alyssum

violet, white

4 inches

summer-fall

Candytuft

white, pink

8-10 inches

spring-summer

Cosmos

white, lilac, red, yellow

1-3 feet

late summer

Gaillardia

multicolor

24 inches

summer-fall

Impatiens

multicolor

6-18 inches

summer-fall

Marigold

yellow, orange

6-24 inches

summer-fall

Mignonette

red

12-18 inches

summer-fall

Scabiosa

blue, rose, white

18-36 inches

summer-fall

Verbena

multicolor

8-10 inches

midsummer-fall

Zinnias

multicolor

12-24 inches

summer-fall

CULTIVATED PERENNIALS

Anthemis

yellow

24 inches

summer

Arabis

pink, white

8-10 inches

spring

Asters

white, lavender, yellow

12-24 inches

summer-fall

Aubrieta

purple

4 inches

spring

Bee Balm

red or white

36 inches

summer

Butterfly Weed

orange

12-36 inches

midsummer

Daisy

yellow, white

12-36 inches

summer

Catmint (Catnip)

lavender

12-36 inches

summer

Phlox

pink, lavender, white

6-36 inches

summer-fall

Primrose

multicolor

4 inches

spring

Purple Coneflower

purple, white

24-48 inches

summer

Sedum Spectabile

pink

12 inches

late summer

WILD PERENNIALS

Boneset

white

36-60 inches

late summer

Black-Eyed Susan

yellow

12-18 inches

late summer

Blazing Star

purple

up to 18 inches

summer

Dandelion

yellow

4-12 inches

spring-fall

Dogbane

pink to white

shrub

early summer

Goldenrod

yellow

12-48 inches

late summer

Joe-Pye-Weed

lavender

36-60 inches

late summer

Milkweeds

lavender, orange

24-48 inches

summer

New England Aster

purple

24-60 inches

late summer

Thistle

pink, purple

24-48 inches

summer

Wild Bergamot

pink, lavender

24-36 inches

summer

Yarrow

white

12-36 inches

early summer