Plants for MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD !

Many beautiful plants are actually poor sources of the nectar and pollen that honey bees need to survive.

Help honey bees by growing plants whose nectar or pollen production scores* are high, AND by selecting plants which blossom at different times.

 

HOW TO USE THIS CHART:   Click the top of a column to SORT plants based on the characteristics.

*Pollen and Nectar Scores from Peter Lindtner's Garden Plants for Honey Bees, a fantastic resource for beekeepers who want to plant for honey bees.

*Initial list based on Marie Rojas' Honey Bee Power Plant articles in the Honeypot. Plants will be added on an regular basis.

TypeBotanical NameCommon NameNectar
Score*
Pollen
Score*
Blooming MonthsImageGrowing Requirements
PerennialSedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Stonecrop3309 Sept -
10 Oct
Photo: Steve Dubik
Photo: Steve Dubik
Full sun to part shade
More info
PerennialPerovskia atriplicifoliaRussian Sage3307 July -
09 Sept
Full sun. Floppy in part shade.
More info
PerennialNepetaCatmint3205 May -
09 Sept
NepetaFull sun to part shade.
More info
Shrub or small treeHalesia carolinaCarolina Silverbell 2204 Apr -
05 May
Full sun to part shade.

BulbAllium giganteum ‘Globemaster’Giant Onion3205 MayFull sun.
More info
TreePrunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’Higan Cherry 2203 Mar -
04 Apr
Full sun to part shade.
ShrubSarcococca hookeriana var. humilisSweetbox2302 Feb -
03 Mar
Photo: Steve Dubik
Part shade to full shade.
Spreading climberJasminum nudiflorumWinter Jasmine2202 Feb -
03 Mar
Photo: Steve Dubik
Full sun to shade.
PerennialVeronicastrum virginicumCulver’s Root3207 Jul -
08 Aug
Full sun. Native.
Shrub Clethra alnifoliaSummersweet3207 Jul -
09 Sept
Full sun to shade. Native.
TreeTilia cordata ‘Greenspire’Greenspire Little-leaf Linden 5306 JunFull sun.
ShrubKerria japonicaJapanese Kerria 1104 AprFull sun to full shade.