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Pollinator Plants

bee pollinating on lupine plantA pollinator is an insect or animal that causes plants to make fruit or seeds. Bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, spiders, flies, wasps, and bats, to name only a few. Pollinators are in decline, and you help your local ecosystem by planting pollinator-friendly plants in your garden. You can directly help the Honey Bees, Monarch Butterflies, and Hummingbirds you love so much by picking plants they love, such as Milkweed.

Fun fact: Bees can see white, yellow, blue and purple, and thus prefer plants in those colors.

This list below has been adapted to Rolling Green’s annual inventory from the lists of the University of Maine VM Pollinator Garden class developed by Jane Sorensen. Please know that 2020 has been an exceptional year, and we are keeping as many of these plants stocked as possible, but not all on this list will be available. Please come by the nursery to see our selection.

Click here for a printable PDF version of our Pollinator Plants list.

PERENNIALS
Agastache Giant Hyssop
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Bearberry
Asclepias Milkweed
Asters
Baptisa False Indigo
Boltonia
Chrysogonum Golden Star
Echinacea Coneflower (single flower)
Eupatorium Joe Pye Weed
Geranium maculatum Cranesbill
Helenium Sneezeweed
Helianthus Perennial Sunflower
Liatris spicata Gayfeather
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Lysmachia Loosestrife
Monarda Bee Balm
Panicum Switch Grass
Penstemon Beard Tongue
Rudbeckia Black-eyed Susan
Schizachrium Blue Stem Grass
Sedum
Tradescantia Spiderwort
Vernonia Iron Weed
Veronicastrum Culver’s Root

SHRUBS & TREES
Acer rubrum Red or Swamp Maple
Amelanchier Serviceberry
Betula nigra Birch
Cephalanthus Buttonbush
Cercis canadensis Eastern Redbud
Clethra alnifolia Summersweet
Cornus sericea Redtwig Dogwood
Lindera benzoin Spicebush
Liriodendron Tuliptree
Rhus Aromatic Sumac
Rosa Virginiana & Rugosa
Salix Willow
Sambucus Elderberry
Vacciniums Blueberries & Cranberries