Pollinator-Friendly Plants

This is a list of native wild flowers that attract pollinators. There are three that are really good for hummingbirds; the others will attract mostly insects such as butterflies, honeybees and bumblebees.

  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Cardinal Flower (Hummingbirds)
  • Crossvine (Hummingbirds)
  • Clasping Coneflower
  • Dwarf Evening Primrose
  • Eastern Red Columbine (Hummingbirds)
  • Grey-Headed Coneflower
  • Indian Blanket
  • Lance-Leaved Coreopsis
  • Lavender Hyssop
  • New England Aster
  • Ohio Spiderwort
  • Ox-Eye Sunflower
  • Pale Purple Coneflower
  • Plains Coreopsis
  • Prairie Aster
  • Prairie Coneflower
  • Prairie Ironweed
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Purple Prairie Clover
  • Sweet Black-Eyed Susan
  • Thickspike Gayfeather
  • White Upland Aster
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