What is Bees in a Box?
Bees pollinate one-third of all the food that humans consume. Without them we wouldn’t enjoy tomatoes, cucumbers, blueberries, and our summer favorite, watermelon! More than 50 species of native bumble bees live in the United States and Canada and are responsible for the pollination of more than 85% of all flowering plants, so even wild animals couldn’t survive without them.Help us save our native bumble bees!
Not all flowers are created equal when it comes to feeding pollinators, but the good news is that it’s easy to create a bee-friendly garden by choosing plants that are pretty in home gardens and good for bumble bees! We enjoy many of the same plants as bees.
Many plants sold in garden stores, while beautiful, cannot feed bumble bees and other pollinators. Bumble bees have specific tongue lengths, which means bumble bees cannot feed from many ornamental or non-native plants. Medium and long tongued bumble bees require certain flower shapes and sizes.
Our team spent 6 months researching native plants and their relationship to our local bumble bees. We searched scientific articles, websites, and books, as well as spoke with experts about which plants were beneficial to bumble bees in our area. We conducted our own study by going to multiple parks, yards, and natural areas to see which flowers bumble bees were feasting on. Below is our list of bumble bee friendly plants for the Hampton Roads area. We urge people in other areas to research native bumble bee friendly flowers to plant in their own yards.
When Bumble bees get food and the flowers get pollinated. Everybody is happy.
|Penstemon digitalis||Smooth Beardtongue|
|Tradescantia ohiensis||Ohio Spiderwort|
|Lupinus perennis||Wild Lupine|
|Baptisia sphaerocarpa||Yellow False Indigo|
|Aquilegia canadensis||Wild Columbine|
|Geranium maculatum||Wild Geranium|
|Baptisia australis||Blue False Indigo|
|Baptisia alba||White False Indigo|
|Zizia aurea||Golden Alexanders|
|Penstemon pallidus||Pale Beardtongue|
|Penstemon hirsutus||Hairy Beardtongue|
|Penstemon calycosus||Calico Beardtongue|
|Penstemon canescens||Eastern Grey Beardtongue|
|Echinacea purpurea||Purple Coneflower|
|Great Blue Lobelia|
|Silphium perfoltoluim||Cup Plant|
|Cassia hebecarpa||American Senna|
|Monarda fistula||Wild Bergamot|
|Liatris spicata||Swamp Blazing-Star|
|Agastache Nepetoides||Yellow Giant Hyssop|
|Vernonia noveboracensis||New York Ironweed|
|Verbena hastata||Blue Vervain|
|Blephilia ciliata||Downy Wood Mint|
|Solidago spesiosa||Showy Goldenrod|
|Aster novae-angliae||New England Aster|
|Oligoneuron rigidum||Stiff Goldenrod|
|Aster spectabilis||Showy Aster|
|Gentiana andrewsii||Bottled Gentian|