The Best Plants to Plant for Australian Native Bees:
This attractive plant has a large native range, is hugely popular with all kinds of insect activity, a non-invasive plant, and it is even used by many councils as street trees!
Wattles flower during winter, when not much else is available, so they provide a valuable source of pollen in times of scarce resources.
Roses look great, smell divine, and even attract many different types of native bees! Stingless bees forage on the flowers, and leaf cutter bees use the leaves to line their nests 🙂
- Gum Trees
These flowers are very attractive to bees such as stingless bees and teddy bear bees
Solitary bees, such as blue banded bees are known to adore lavender.
Another type of plant that is super popular with solitary bees!
I have a ‘Silky Haeka’ plant at my house, I got it very recently so it has not yet flowered by many people claim that native bees love them!
Stingless bees absolutely love palm flowers 🙂
Native bees will happily forage on the flowers of many herbs including basil, thyme, rosemary and coriander.
- Flax Lillies
These native plants are very popular in urban landscaping and have the added benefit of attracting native bees.
- Grass Trees
I have not seem many of these, but have heard many people say that they are a favourite for stingless bees 🙂
Let some of your veggies (such as cabbages, lettuces, broccolis, radish, etc) go to flower and the bees will often flock to them!
- Camellias & Azaleas
- Nutmeg Bush
- Ivory Curl
- Tea Tree
Tea tree flowers are worked by stingless bees and solitary bees at varying times of the year.
A popular pollen source for stingless bees 🙂
Another common native landscaping plant, loved by stingless bees.
Bottlebrushes are a popular and attractive native plant for many native bee species.
- Paper Daisies
A great nectar and pollen source.
Thanks for reading, I hope this list helps you with finding some plants to attract native bees! Some of these are suggestions commented on a facebook post on our facebook page. If you have any other ideas, please comment them down below 🙂
Article and images supplied by Isaac – Bush Bees