Bees are in danger of extinction and have been declared the most important animal species in the world due to their vital role in nature, so if they disappear in more or less time we will also do so for the other species. This is one of the main reasons to try to help them as much as possible and one way to achieve it is to have a variety of flowers suitable for them in our home, mainly throughout the spring and summer.
These types of flowers are those that occur in honey plants for beekeeping , that is, the type of plants that are used to raise these insects.
+40 honey plants for beekeeping – the bees’ favorite flowers
We started talking about the plants and flowers that attract bees by showing you an exhaustive list of honey plants for beekeeping that, as we have said before, are the most used in the care and breeding of these pollinating insects because they are plants that feed the bees with nectar . Therefore, take note to include these flowering plants in your garden, terrace or orchard, you will see that there are plants themselves, trees and shrubs.
- Actinidia delicious (Kiwi)
- Aesculus hippocastanum(Horse Chestnut)
- Arbutus unedo ( Strawberry tree )
- Borago officinalis(Borage)
- Brassica napus (Turnip)
- Bupleurum fruticosum(Oleander)
- Buxus sempervirens(Boxwood)
- Calluna vulgaris (Brecina)
- Castanea sativa(Chestnut)
- Ceratonia siliqua (Carob)
- Cistus laurifolius (Bay leaf rockrose)
- Cistus albidus (White Rockrose)
- Cistus ladanifer (Sticky rockrose)
- Cistus salvifolius(Moorish Jaguarzo)
- Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange)
- Citrus limon (Lemon tree)
- Clethra alnifolia (Cletra)
- Erica aragonensis (Red heather)
- Erica cinerea (Heather cinereo)
- Erica umbellata(Umbelted heather)
- Eucalyptus globulus(Eucalyptus)
- Eriobotrya japonica(Loquat from Japan)
- Hedera helix (Ivy)
- Helianthus annuus(Sunflower)
- Heliotropium arborescens (Heliotrope)
- Lavandula stoechas(Cantueso)
- Lavandula dentata(Toothed lavender )
- Lavandula latifolia(Lavender)
- Myrtus communis(Myrtle)
- Rosmarinus officinalis(Rosemary)
- Philadelphus coronarius(Celindo)
- Quercus rotundifolia(Holm oak )
- Robinia pseudoacacia(False acacia)
- Rubus ulmifolius(Blackberry)
- Rudbeckia nitida(Rudbekia)
- Taraxacum officinale(Dandelion)
- Ulex europaeus ( Gorse )
- Thymus mastichina(White thyme)
- Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)
- Tilia pl atyphyllos (Linden)
- Calendula arvensis L.(Wild Calendula)
- Vitis labrusca (American vine)
- Vaccinium myrtillus(Common Bilberry)
Other plants and flowers that attract bees
Apart from the ideal honey plants to attract bees and help them, we recommend other species of flowering plants that, although they are not considered honey, will be of great help for these pollinating insects. Take note of other plants and flowers that attract bees and you can easily have in your garden, terrace or orchard:
- Catmint: also scientifically called Nepeta cataria and commonly cat grass, cat basil, catnip, catnip, catnip or catmint is a good option to attract bees when this plant is in full bloom.
- Oregano: it is scientifically called Origanum vulgare . This plant will seem like a good option because it is one of the best plants to help bees and, at the same time, you can use it a lot in your kitchen. In addition, it helps all types of pollinating insects, such as bees, wasps and bumblebees , and also birds.
- Lantana: is a genus of plants with very showy flowers, it is very good at attracting pollinating insects and thus helping bees in danger of extinction. However, we must be careful because its fruits are toxic to us and some animals, so if you have curious children or pets, do not choose this plant.
- Zinnia: Zinnias are a genus of diverse plants, but all of them are very useful to pollinators like bees and look great in any garden or orchard. Plants with thin and long stems are made with large flowers on top and of different colors, very showy.
- Daisies: among the plants to help bees we also find the typical daisies, serving of any kind, since any type of daisy plants will be very beneficial for pollinators.
- Melissa: you may know Melissa officinalis for being one of the most used medicinal plants, especially to calm down and fall asleep. We recommend having it in your home to attract bees and prevent them from becoming extinct and, in addition, you can enjoy its benefits in infusion if you need it. This plant blooms throughout the summer and produces a large number of flowers.
- Immortelle: it is a good option to start attracting bees to your garden early, as it begins to bloom when there is little left until winter ends but spring has not yet begun.
How to help bees so they don’t go extinct
Now that you know which flowers are good for bees, we want to give you ideas so that you can help them as much as possible with simple gestures and thus, together, we prevent them from becoming extinct, which would be tragic for the entire planet because life in general would be reduced drastically in a relatively short time. Thus, these are other ways to help bees to prevent them from becoming extinct :
- You can create your own space to help the bees at home, dedicating a part of your garden, terrace, balcony or orchard to grow some of the flowering plants that we have mentioned before. In addition, you can place devices that can help them create a hive , such as boxes for beekeeping but leaving them open. We only recommend the latter if you do it in an orchard or large garden, to prevent them from entering your house.
- Stop using products that pollute the environment, such as pesticides, pesticides and insecticides with synthetic chemicals, and start using natural products to take care of your plants. This way you will take care of both plants, flowers and bees.
- If you eat honey, before buying it make sure that it is from organic production since it does not harm the bee population, which production at industrial levels does, apart from the fact that they also process the final product much more and be less healthy for us. .
- Make requests to your government or city council to include flowering plants that bees eat, such as honeybees, and to ask that they not use pesticides that are harmful to them when caring for the public garden areas of your locality.
- It supports organizations and associations that carry out projects to prevent the extinction of bees . You can do it by becoming a volunteer or by donating materials and / or money so that they can continue with their work.