Plants That Attract Pollinators

If you're looking for plants that are safe to plant near power lines with added environmental benefits, consider one that attracts pollinators.

More than 80 percent of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination. Bees, birds, bats, butterflies, moths, small mammals and more are pollinators. They help plants reproduce and provide food, clean air, purified water and soil. 

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Flowers

Flowers are often chosen for the splashes of color they bring to gardens, but they can also attract beneficial insects and small mammals.

Creeping Phlox

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Beautiful flowering plant that spreads quickly, attracts butterflies and other insect pollinators.

Joe Pye Weed

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Hardy, remains attractive through the winter thanks to ornamental seed heads that also provide food for birds.

Cone Flower

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Long-blooming, lavender flower. Attracts goldfinches and other birds that feast on the seeds.

Green Milkweed

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Drought tolerant, provides nectar for many butterflies and important food source for monarch caterpillars.

Whorled Milkweed

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Attracts native bees and hummingbirds, essential to Monarch butterflies for survival.

Purple Milkweed

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Drought tolerant, food source for monarch caterpillars.

Common Milkweed

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Attracts monarch butterflies.

Yarrow

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Sweet scent, used by birds to line their nests.

Heath Aster

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Drought tolerant, attracts butterflies.

Peony

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Late-blooming, fragrant, pink flowers, attracts butterflies.

Rough Goldenrod

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Yellow flowers in the fall, attracts birds and honeybees.

Trees

These trees are safe to plant near power lines and bring the added benefits of attracting pollinators. 

Crabapple

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Hardy tree that is drought tolerant, showy spring flowers.

Star Magnolia

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Fragrant, star-shaped, white flowers.

Three Flower Maple

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Yellowish-green flowers that bloom in the spring.

Korean Maple

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Cold tolerant, attractive fall color.

Paperbark Maple

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Peeling, copper-orange to reddish-brown bark.

Japanese Maple

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Easy to plant and require little pruning.

Kousa Dogwood

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Yellowish-green flowers in late spring, followed by pinkish red, berry-like fruits that provide a food source for birds.

Flowering Dogwood

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Beautiful, native flowering tree, bright red fruits are a favorite food source of birds.

Redbud

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Known for its beautiful, rose-purple flowers.

Blackhaw Viburnum

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White spring flowers, berries attract birds and other wildlife.

Shrubs

While bees and butterflies forage for nectar and pollen on a variety of flowers, shrubs offer additional benefits including providing a year-round habitat—even during the winter.

Pinxterbloom Azalea

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Soft pink to white and lavender, fragrant flowers, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Mapleleaf Viburnum

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Woodland shrub, tiny white flowers bloom in late spring, pea-sized, bluish-black fruit attract birds and butterflies.

Fringetree

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Fragrant, creamy white flowers that bloom in the spring, olive-like fruits provide a food source for birds and other wildlife.

Serviceberry

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Fragrant, white flowers, edible berries in early summer used for jams and pies.

Panicle Hydrangea

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Conical white flowers, can be pruned into a beautiful tree shape.

Spirea

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Low maintenance, pretty fall color, attracts butterflies.

Corneliancherry Dogwood

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Scaly bark, yellow flowers bloom in early spring, cherry-like fruits.

Gray
Dogwood

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White flowers in late spring and purplish red foliage in the fall.

Grasses

Grasses can add visual interest to your garden and serve as a nesting habitat for several pollinator species.

Little Bluestem Grass

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Provides an important source of food for birds through the winter.