Top 5 Native Plants for a Bee Garden

Top 5 Native Plants for a Bee Garden

Well, spring has finally arrived here at Three Leaf Farm! Our honeybees are beginning to wake up and actively search for food around the farm. By far, the most abundant flower right now is Dandelion – an non-native medicinal flower that has become widespread across all of North America. Among these bright yellow delights are a few other early spring flowers, such as Daffodil, Tulip, Crocus, and Wild Mustard.

Our head beekeeper and farm manager, Jax Martinelli is thrilled to see how healthy his honeybees are after a long harsh winter. He is the main force behind the Bee Sanctuary here at the farm, and fortunately for us, is a wealth of knowledge on beekeeping.

A common misconception to novice beekeepers and other farm folks, is that Honeybees are native to this continent. In reality these honeybees come from Europe and can oftentimes displace native bees. Native means that a species, whether plant or insect, has evolved on this landscape and has coexisted with the flora and fauna of this ecosystem. It is extremely important that we recognize which species are native and non-native, as human interference can sometimes cause native species to become endangered or even go extinct.

Our honeybees tend to prefer non-native flowers such as Dandelion, Calendula, Poppy, and Borage – of which there is an abundance here at the farm. Look forward to more posts from us about supporting your honeybee hives, but for now it is all about the natives.

For this reason, we emphasize maintaining healthy populations of native wildflowers to ensure that our local pollinators have enough food and shelter to continue thriving. Here in Boulder County, we are a part of the Colorado Front Range. Below is a list of perennial plants that you can add to your garden to support populations of local pollinators. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have about this topic. Enjoy!