Providing Wildflowers for Pollinators
If you are adding plants to your garden, plant flowers in clumps of at least 3 feet across to help them be more attractive to passing pollinators. Choose native plants wherever possible as they have evolved with native pollinators and the local environment. To attract butterflies, include their host plant in your pollinator garden.
Regional plant lists for pollinators:
- Butterfly Gardening
- California Pollinator Plant List
- Great Lakes Pollinator Plant List
- Maritime Northwest Pollinator Plant List
- Mid-Atlantic Pollinator Plant List
- Midwest Pollinator Plant List
- Northeast Pollinator Plant List
- Plants for Native Bees in North America
- South Central Plants for Native Bees
- Southeast Plants for Native Bees
Taking Next Steps
Pollinator Conservation Resource Center
For more regional plant lists, visit our Pollinator Conservation Resource Center. Read more.
Establishing Pollinator Meadows from Seed
Step-by-step instructions for establishing pollinator meadows from seed in areas that range in size from a small backyard garden to an acre or more. Read more.
Attracting Native Pollinators
Xerces’ most recent book, Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, is available to purchase from our website. The book is published in 2011 by Storey Publishing, North Adams, Massachusetts. Attracting Native Pollinators is coauthored by four Xerces Society staff members Eric Mader, Matthew Shepherd, Mace Vaughan, and Scott Black in collaboration with Gretchen LeBuhn, San Francisco State University. Read more.
Pollinator Conservation Seed Mixes
Xerces Society scientists worked with native seed companies across the U.S. to design wildflower seed mixes that provide foraging and nesting resources for a diversity of pollinators. Read more.