Blandford and Sturminster Beekeepers Association
Blandford and Sturminster Beekeepers Association

Bee-friendly flowers

To plant to help improve bees' foraging possibiulities people often consider planting bee-friendly flowers so that there is something for bees in each of the main foraging months: April - September.


If you are looking for a quick shopping list, then the British BeeKeeping Aassociation recommends Hellebores, Salvia, Echinacia, Rudbekia, Lavender, Snowdrop, Crocus, Cosmos, Sedum and Verbena.


The following is a more detailed consideration:

Flowers for Bees

Bees need to find pollen and nectar whenever they fly. This is generally when the temperature is more than 13oC. So it is a good idea to have bee-friendly flowers flowering throughout the year.

The information below is general, but if you notice plants covered in bees then please let us know - use the contact form available via the menu saying what plant, what month and approximate location in UK. Thank you.

February – Hazel, Snowdrop

March – Hazel, Snowdrop, Crocus, Sallix (Willow), Pears, Plums

April – Oil Seed Rape, Cherry, Ribes, Hawthorn,

Apples, Dandelion, Mahonia

May - Oil Seed Rape, Cherry, Ribes, Horse Chestnut, Holly, Dead Nettle, Apples, Dandelion, Mahonia, Sycamore, Field bean, Raspberry

June – White Clover, Lime, Borage, Dead Nettle, Sunflower, Blackberry, Holly, Dandelion, Privet, Oil Seed Rape

July – Borage, Hebe, Blackberry, Dandelion, Heathers, Cotoneaster, Michaelmas Daisies, Rosebay Willow Herb, White Clover, Sunflower, Old Man's Beard, Dead Nettle, Lavender, Privet

August – Red Clover, Heather, Michaelmas Daisies, Dead Nettle, Privet, Rosebay Willow Herb, Blackberry, Borage, Dandelion, Lavender, Sunflower

September – Michaelmas Daisies, Ivy

October & November – Ivy

RHS tip: if space is tight - catmint, lavender or  phacelia tanacetifolia


BBKA quick-help tip: consider planting oregano and marjoram


Top 30 plants for honey bees  (according to RosyBee):
Helenium Autumnale, Calamint, Sedum Spectabile, Helenium SEF, Borage (Spring), Veronicasrtrum, Origanum Vulgare (white), Geranium Rozanne, Origanum Vulgare, Teucrium Hircanium, Aster Novi Belgil, Helenium Moorheim, Centaurea Scabiosa, Origanum Onites, Echinops Star Frost
Malva Alcea, Lavadula Eidelweis, Lavandula Sawyers, Eryngium Giganteum Melliot, Eryngium Planum, Eupatorium, Borage (over-wintered), Phacella (spring), Hyssopus, Veronica Spicata, Scabiosa Columbaria, Rudbeckia Fulgida, Echium Vulgare, Lavandula Grosso

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