Six Types of Flowers to Attract Helpful Insects

Learn about types of flowers that will lure beneficial insects to your lawn and garden spaces, helping them to flourish.

  • Blue Bedder Bears Flowers that Attract Insects

    Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare \"Blue Bedder\")

    Biennial viper's bugloss bears attractive pink buds that open to reveal blue flowers. It is one of the most popular plants for butterflies, bees, and other insects. It prefers alkaline, light soils and is often found in undisturbed soil or coastal areas. This fully hardy plant prefers full to partial sun and well-drained soil. H: 20 inches (50 cm); S: 16 inches (40 cm)

  • Rough Hawkbit Bears Flowers that Attract Insects

    Rough Hawkbit (Leontodon hispidus)

    Commonly found on well-drained, alkaline grassland, rough hawkbit bears a bright yellow flower that closely resembles that of a dandelion. The flower is held high on a single hairy stem with a cluster of hairy leaves at its base. This fully hardy plant prefers full to partial sun and well-drained to moist soil. H: 14 inches (35 cm); S: 8 inches (20 cm)

  • Birds Foot Trefoil Flowers Attract Insects

    Bird's Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

    Bird's foot trefoil is a tough plant from the pea family that bears attractive double yellow flowers in spring and summer, which develop into small black pea pods. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, and its height can vary depending on these. This fully hardy plant prefers full to partial sun and well-drained to moist soil. H: 20 inches (50 cm); S: 16 inches (40 cm)

  • Musk Mallow Bears Flowers that Attract Insects

    Musk Mallow (Malva moschata)

    Producing a pale pink or white flower and feathery, dissected, kidney-shaped leaves, musk mallow is often found on dumping grounds, in grasslands, in hedges, and at the edges of woods. The foliage has a slightly musky scent and is used in traditional medicine. This fully hardy plant prefers full to partial sun and well-drained soil. H: 30 inches (75 cm); S: 24 inches (60 cm)

  • Wild Marjoram Bears Flowers that Attract Insects

    Wild Majoram (Origanum vulgare)

    This is the wild form of marjoram, the popular kitchen herb, and is commonly found in grassland habitats in full sun. Belonging to the mint family, the foliage is highly aromatic, and the purple buds develop into delicate bunches of pink or white flowers. This fully hardy plant prefers full to partial sun and well-drained soil. H: 20 inches (50 cm); S: 20 inches (50 cm)

  • Wild Red Clover Bears Flowers that Attract Insects

    Wild Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

    A favorite with many species of bumblebee, wild red clover prefers grasslands and natural hay meadows. It can be problematic when grown among wildflowers since its roots fix nitrogen, increasing soil fertility and therefore swamping delicate flowers. This fully hardy plant prefers full to partial sun and well-drained to moist soil. H: 16 inches (40 cm); S: 12 inches (30 cm)

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