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Suggested native pollinator plants

I would love a few suggestions on which native pollinator friendly plants to sow this year.

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  1. Grower

    The GPS Team

    Hi Sebastian - good question. As the answer will be useful for others too, we thought we'd attach a list below.

    If you haven't already, you might also like to sign up to Grow Wild who are giving away free wild seed packs in the Spring including several native pollinators.


    Ajuga reptans - Bugle plant
    Buxus sempervirens - Common box
    Caltha palustris - Marsh marigold
    Geum rivale - Water avens
    Ilex aquifolium - English holly
    Primula vulgaris - Primrose
    Prunus avium - Wild & edible cherries
    Prunus padus - Bird cherry
    Prunus spinosa - Blackthorn
    Salix caprea - Goat willow (male form)

    Angelica sylvestris - Wild angelica
    Armeria maritima - Thrift
    Calluna vulgaris- Heather
    Campanula glomerata - Clustered bellflower
    Centaurea cyanus - Cornflower (photo 7)
    Centaurea nigra - Common knapweed
    Centaurea scabiosa - Greater knapweed
    Clematis vitalba - Travellers’ joy
    Crataegus monogyna - Common hawthorn
    Dipsacus fullonum - Common teasel (photo 3)
    Echium vulgare - Viper’s bugloss
    [Erica cinerea](/plants/7344-erica-cinerea] - Bell heather (photo 6)
    Erica vagans - Cornish heath
    Geranium pratense - Meadow cranesbill (photo 4)
    Heracleum sphondylium - Hogweed
    Ilex aquifolium - English holly
    Knautia arvensis - Field scabious
    Leucanthemum vulgare - Ox-eye daisy
    Lonicera periclymenum - Common honeysuckle
    Lychnis flos-cuculi - Ragged robin (photo 5)
    Lysimachia vulgaris - Yellow loosestrife
    Lythrum salicaria - Purple loosestrife (photo 2)
    Malva moschata - Musk mallow
    Mentha aquatica - Water mint
    Origanum vulgare - Oregano, wild marjoram
    Papaver rhoeas - Common poppy
    Persicaria bistorta - Common bistort
    Polemonium caeruleum - Jacob’s ladder
    Rosa canina - Dog rose (photo 1)
    Rosa rubiginosa - Sweet briar
    Rubus fruticosus - Blackberry
    Scabiosa columbaria - Small scabious
    Sedum telephium - Orpine
    Sorbus aria - Common whitebeam
    Sorbus aucuparia - Mountain ash, rowan
    Tanacetum vulgare - Tansy
    Tilia platyphyllos - Broad-leaved lime
    Viburnum lantana - Common wayfaring tree
    Viburnum opulus - Guelder rose

    [Hedera helix]/plants/9096-hedera-helix) - Common ivy

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  2. Grower

    The GPS Team

    For anyone interested there's a useful page and video here on how pollinators can be helped

    The 'Bees Needs' campaign summarises 5 main ways to help pollinators:

    1. Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees that provide nectar and pollen as food for bees and other pollinators throughout the year

    2. Leave patches of land to grow wild with plants like stinging nettles and dandelions to provide other food sources (such as leaves for caterpillars) and breeding places for butterflies and moths

    3. Cut grass less often and ideally remove cuttings to let plants flower

    4. Avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects in places like grass margins, bare soil, hedgerows, trees, dead wood or walls.

    5 Think carefully about whether to use pesticides especially where pollinators are active or nesting or where plants are in flower.

  3. Grower


    Some great suggestions ! I'll have to source seeds for many of these for my wild patch.

  4. Grower

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