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Top Ten Pollinator Plants on the Berea Urban Farm

We grow these and other flowers as part of our Pollinator Pathway and throughout the farm as we work to improve habitat for pollinators. We grow seedlings of pollinator plants in our greenhouse each spring and provide them to Berea households and organizations such as the Madison County Conservation District.



(Zinnia elegans)

Attracts: Bees and butterflies, esp. monarchs

Life cycle: Annual

Height: 24-30”

Spacing: 9-12”

Light: Full sun

Blooms: June-Oct

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Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Attracts: Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Life cycle: Perennial

Height: 2-3’

Spacing: 18-24”

Light: Full sun

Blooms: June-Oct



(Achillea millefollium)

Attracts: Bees, butterflies, other insects

Life cycle: Perennial


Height: 2-3'


Spacing: 1-2'


Light: Full sun


Blooms: June-Oct



(Borago officinalis)

Attracts: Bumblebees and honeybees

Life cycle: Annual; readily self-sows


Height: 18”-30”


Spacing: 12”


Light: Full sun


Blooms: June-Oct.


Marigolds –Red Gem and Tangerine Gem

(Tagetes spp.)

Attracts: Bees, butterflies, other beneficial insects


Life cycle: Annual




Spacing: 12”


Light: Full sun


Blooms: May-Oct



(Multiple varieties)

Attracts: butterflies, bees, other insects

Life cycle: Annual

Height and spacing: Depends on variety


Note: Choose varieties that produce pollen and nectar

Light: Sun


Blooms: June-Sept


Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Attracts: Butterflies, hummingbirds (host plant to Monarchs)


Life cycle: Annual


Height: 2-4'


Spacing: 1’


Light: Full-part sun


Blooms: June-Aug

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Anise hyssop

(Agastache foeniculum or anethiodora)

Attracts: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds


Life cycle: Perennial


Height: 24-36”


Spacing: 6-12” plant spacing; 24-36” row



Light: Sun


Blooms: June-Sept

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Bee balm

(Monarda didyma)

Also called Sweet Bergamot


Attracts: bees and hummingbirds


Life cycle: Perennial


Height: 28 – 45”


Spacing: 18-24”


Light: Sun to part shade

Blooms: July-Sept

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Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)

Attracts:  bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, ants, flies and beetles


Life cycle: Perennial


Height: 3’


Spacing: 12-18"


Light: Full-part sun


Blooms: June-Sept

For more information on pollinator plants for Berea households:



Green Garden Buzz: Fuss free organic gardening for you and the bees


Grow Appalachia: Flowers for Pollinators


Xerxes Society: Southeast Region Pollinator Plants

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