SouthWestern Ohio Beekeepers Association
Beekeeping in Cincinnati and surrounding counties

Beekeeping in Cincinnati and surrounding counties

Best Easy to Find and Grow Flowers for Bees
 
Echium (Viper’s Bugloss)
Phacelia (Tansy)
Sage-Blue Bedder, Russian
Catanache (Cupid’s Dart)
Centaurea (Bachelor’s Buttons)
Sunflower (Check to make sure the variety is not pollen free)
Asclepias (Milkweeds, esp Incarnata and Green Milkweed
Goldenrod species
Asters
Melissa Officianalis (Lemon Balm)
Echinacea (Purple Coneflower, Clasping Coneflower)
Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)
Monarda (Spotted Bee Balm)
Lobelia (Native Blue)
Cosmos (Single flowered varieties
Poppies (California and Oriental varieties)
Best Late Winter-Early Spring Flowers for Bees

Winter Aconite
Siberian Squill
Snowdrops (Galanthes)
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Spring Flowering Crocus
Bluebells(try Virginia Bluebells)
Lenten Rose (Helleborus Orientalis)
Tulips- use by bees depends on the variety
Best Spring/Summer Flowers for Bees

Eryngium
Poppy
Borage Officianalis
Chives
Bugle (Ajuga)
Crane’s Bill Geranium
Thyme
Cerinthe purpurasceus (Blue Honeywort)
Lupine
Achillea
Pentstemon\Salvia
Echinops
Allium
Gaillardia
Sweet Pea
Passion Flower
Muscari
Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
Foxglove
Best Summer-Autumn Flowers for Bees

Scorpion Weed (Phacelia Tanacetifolia)
Sedum (Stonecrop)
Goldenrod (Solidago)
Cornflowers (Bachelor’s Buttons)
Salvia
Nasturtium
Scabiosa
Sunflower
Veronica
Nepeta (Catmint)
Bergamot (Bee Balm)
Balsam
Hollyhock
*English Ivy * (very invasive)
Mint Species
Sneezeweed (Helenium)
Oregano
Best Native Plants for Bees

Hairy Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum incanum)
Goldenrod
New England Aster
Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Cup Plant (Scrophularia californica)
Monarda Punctata
Phacelia Tanacetifolia (Lacy scorpion weed)
Chamerion angustifoium) (Fireweed)
Chamerion latifolium) (Dwarf Fireweed)
Cleome serrulata (Rocky Mountain Bee Plant)
Dalea Compacta (Compact Prairie Clover)
Dalea candida (White Prairie Clover)
Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)
Eutrochium fistulosum (Joe Pye Weed)
Asclepias (Milkweeds)
Agastache (Hyssop)
Tidy Tips
Mimulus (Sticky Monkey Flower)
Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower)
Liatris (Prairie Blazing Star)
Smooth Blue Aster
Eryngium yuccafolium (Rattlesnake Master)
Best Trees and Bushes for Bees
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 NOTES
Hazelnut

Corylus americana

 
X
  Native, pollen source, nuts for food

and wildlife

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Cornus mas

X
 
 Small ornamental tree, some fruiting

varieties available

Serviceberry

Amelanchier spp

      X
       X
  Native, tree and bush forms 

available, delicious fruit

Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa

 
       X
  Native, good fall color, fruit for food

and wildlife. Likes wet sites

Cane Fruits

Raspberry and Blackberry

 
       X
  Native, good fall color, fruit for food

and wildlife. Likes wet sites

Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis

 
      X
  Native, likes wet sites
Cotoneasters
 
       X
  Many varieties available
Basswood and Lindens      Tilia spp.
     X
 
  Large shade trees, Basswood is a

native

 Korean Evodia

Tetradium danielii

     X
 
  Small to medium tree, difficult to find

but great nectar source

Devil’s Walking Stick

Aralia spinosa

    X
       X
  Native, usually grows in groups, very

unique tree, fruit for wildlife

Sweetspire

Itea virginica

 
       X
  Native, several varieties available ,

‘ Little Henry’

Butterfly Bush

Buddleia spp

 
      X
  Very fragrant, attractive to insects

and hummingbirds, many varieties

Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

 
      X
  Long bloom times, very tough plant,

can spread

Franklin Tree

Franklinia alatamaha

    X
 
  Rare native, blooms appear with fall

color at the same time

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana

    X
      X
  Native varieties bloom in the fall,

Non-native varieties bloom winter