The Wildflowers You Can Plant To Help The Bees

If you’ve not heard that bee populations are in decline, well, they are. A severe drop in bee numbers wouldn’t only mean less raw honey to go around, but it would also have a severe impact on plants and crops around the world. One in three bites of food we take, is thanks to pollinators like bees. Crops like fruit trees, wheat and corn all rely on pollination to grow.

Thankfully, there are things each and every one of us can do to help. One of those things is to plant wildflowers to provide bees with the pollen and nectar they need. This week is Bees Matter’s National Planting Week. So what better time to think about planting bee-friendly wildflowers in your yard?

Like humans, bees rely on a varied diet from a range of different flowers. There are many flowers you could plant. Plants of different shapes are great too, as each species of bee has a unique tongue length.

Over the last two years, cereal brand, Cheerios have given out free wildflower seed packs which has been met with mixed reaction. The reason some have criticized it is because the same seed mix was provided across Canada, which doesn’t factor in which wildflowers are native to which province. Thankfully, none of the seeds were invasive so are unlikely to cause ongoing damage. By land, Canada is the world’s second largest country so it’s no surprise that different types of flower are better suited to different parts of the country. If however, you would rather plant wildflowers that are native to your province, here’s what you could do.

British Columbia

The most populated parts of British Columbia have a very different climate to the rest of Canada. Warmer winters and slightly cooler summers mean that the native wildflowers here vary from elsewhere in the country. These are some of the best native wildflowers to plant in your B.C. yard:

 Yarrow

Yarrow

 Jewelweed

Jewelweed

 Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting

 Black Lily

Black Lily

 Beach Pea

Beach Pea

 Douglas Aster

Douglas Aster

 Pacific Dogwood

Pacific Dogwood

Alberta

Mountainous Alberta has cold winters and warm summers. Here are some native wildflowers to consider planting if you are an Alberta resident:

 Wild Rose

Wild Rose

 Wild Yarrow

Wild Yarrow

 Wild Bluebell

Wild Bluebell

 Castilleja

Castilleja

 Hawkweed

Hawkweed

 Geranium

Geranium

Saskatchewan

This is where our Three Foragers Bee Co. raw honey is made. Our bees forage from sweet clover, alfalfa and many local wildflowers. These are some of the wildflowers native to Saskatchewan:

 Western Red Lily

Western Red Lily

 Scarlet Mallow

Scarlet Mallow

 Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed

 Pink Cleome

Pink Cleome

 Elephant Head

Elephant Head

 Dame’s Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

Manitoba

Manitoba’s southern prairies are often dusted with beautiful wildflowers such as:

 Prairie Crocus

Prairie Crocus

 False Sunflower

False Sunflower

 Hoary Puccoon

Hoary Puccoon

 Rigid Goldenrod

Rigid Goldenrod

 Lappula

Lappula

 Mountain Fly Honeysuckle

Mountain Fly Honeysuckle

Ontario

Home to some of Canada’s biggest cities, there is plenty of room for people to plant one of the numerous bee-friendly Ontario native wildflowers.

 Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot

 Foxglove Beardtongue

Foxglove Beardtongue

 White Trillium

White Trillium

 Yellow Bartonia

Yellow Bartonia

 Twinleaf

Twinleaf

 Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

Quebec

Canada’s largest province also has a large list of native wildflowers:

 Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris

 Milkweed

Milkweed

 Bastard Toadflax

Bastard Toadflax

 Bindweed

Bindweed

 Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan

 Buttercup

Buttercup

Newfoundland and Labrador

Those living here, in the second least populated province in Canada, are spoilt for choice on which native wildflowers to plant in their yard to help the bees.
 

 Garden Lupine

Garden Lupine

 Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris

 Harebell

Harebell

 Canadian Bunchberry

Canadian Bunchberry

 White Meadowsweet

White Meadowsweet

 Joe-Pye Weed

Joe-Pye Weed

New Brunswick

There appears to be a purple theme amongst many of New Brunswick’s native wildflowers.

 Purple Violet

Purple Violet

 Lilacs

Lilacs

 Sow Thistle

Sow Thistle

 Goldthread

Goldthread

 Ginseng

Ginseng

 Yellow Clintonia

Yellow Clintonia

Prince Edward Island

The small island has some stunning native wildflowers that the bees will love.
 

 Lady’s Slipper

Lady’s Slipper

 Marsh Marigolds

Marsh Marigolds

 Chicory

Chicory

 Fleabane

Fleabane

 Stork’s Bill

Stork’s Bill

 Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy

Nova Scotia

Canada’s second most southerly province has a range of native wildflowers that are great for keeping bees fed.
 

 Forget-me-not

Forget-me-not

 Spotted Knapweed

Spotted Knapweed

 Mayflower

Mayflower

 Star Flower

Star Flower

 Wood Poppy

Wood Poppy

 Solomon’s Seal

Solomon’s Seal

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Then there are also some wildflowers, like the Canada Goldenrod, that are native to the whole of Canada. If you have any of your own tips on the best wildflowers to plant across in Canada, share them on our Facebook page!

If you plan to try planting any of these wildflowers in your yard, we want to see your photos. We’ll be giving a raw honey prize bundle away to the person who shares the most interesting wildflower photo with us on Facebook. Happy gardening!

 

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