I am planning on doing a pollinator project for pollinator month in June.
I want to try to grow plants that attract pollinators. Not just bees but the other beneficial insects. I want to separate the butterfly plants from the others because it is not beneficial for me to have butterflies in the veggie garden. The butterfly plants I will set aside for the butterfly garden that is also on site.
Xerces and Pollinator.org had lists of native plants to attract pollinators but do you have any suggestions for more general plants that have these qualities
1. Have a long bloom period
2. Provide nectar or nectar and pollen
3. Provide habitat
4. Not invasive, easy to get rid of plants in the wrong place
5 Easy to find and obtain and adaptable.
My short list
Basil in bloom
sunflower (doesn't last long but the bees love them)
corn (tassels provide pollen)
buckwheat - attracts many beneficials. Must be cut just after flowering or it reseeds
fennel long bloom period. Attracts a variety of beneficial insects. Needs to be pulled before seeds mature.
cabbages-butterfly and other beneficials
I also need a list of vegetables/fruits that require pollinators to produce fruit
squash and zucchini (non-parthenocarpic varieties) (mostly squash bees, honey bees)
cacao (fly or midge)
vanilla orchid (melipona bee, hummingbird)
mango, lychee, rambutan, avocado
anything to add to my list?
Plants that are good for beneficials but are very invasive
passion fruit vines
cuphea (although I have not had a problem with them)