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     This is a list of some of our favorite plants , shrubs, and trees that honey bees favor and can be grown in our area of the state. This list has been generously created by: Ginny Stubblefield, and has been updated on 05/20/12.



Central Texas Bee-Friendly Plants





Common Name Scientific Name Category Blooming Season

Abelia x grandiflora

Abelia Mahonia trifoliolata Shrub Spring - Fall
Agarita Agastache foeniculum Shrub Feb. - April
Anise Hysoop Eruca sativa Vegetable garden June - Sept.
Arugula Symphyotrichum sp. Vegetable garden Spring
Aster Salvia greggii Flowering plant Aug. - Oct.
Autumn Sage Nemophila merziesil Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Baby Blue Eyes Ocimum Flowering plant Early Spring
Basil "African Blue" Monarda Vegetable garden Late Summer
Bee Balm (Horsemint, Bergamot) Tedredium danielli Shrub Spring - Summer
Bee Bee Tree Aloysia gratissima Shrub or Tree July, Aug.
Bee Bush Helenium amarum Shrub Spring - Summer
Bitterweed Salix nigra Flowering plant Summer - Fall
Black Willow Rudbeckia hirta Tree Spring
Black-eyed Susan Melampodium leucanthum Flowering plant June - Aug.
Blackfoot Daisy Caryopteris "Bluebeard" Flowering plant Early Spring
Blue Beard Spirea Phacelia congesta Flowering plant Summer - Fall
Blue Curls Lupinus texensis Flowering plant Spring
Bluebonnet Eupatorium Flowering plant Spring
Bluemist Flower Borage officinalis Flowering plant Summer - Fall
Borage (Starflower) Callistemon rigidus Vegetable garden Summer
Bottlebrush Tree Pyrus calleryana Shrub Spring
Bradford Pear Tree Bulbine orfrutescens Tree Spring
Bulbine Budddelia davidii Flowering plant Spring
Butterfly Bush Calendula officinalis Shrub Spring
Calendula Acalypha radians Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Cardinal's Feather Gelsemium sempervirens Flowering plant Spring-Fall
Carolina Jasmine Eustoma exaltatum Vine Spring
Catchfly Prairie Gentian Nepeta cateria Flowering plant Late Spring, Summer-Fall
Catnip Prunus caroliniana Flowering plant Summer
Cherry Laurel Brassica rapa Shrub or Tree Spring
Chinese Cabbage Triadica sebifera Vegetable garden Summer
Chinese Tallow Tree (Invasive) Berlandiera lyrata Tree Spring
Chocolate Daisy Trifolium Flowering plant Spring-Fall
Clover, All Aquilegia chrysantha Flowering plant Spring - Summer
Columbine (yellow) Anigonon Leptopuus Flowering plant Spring - Summer
Coral Vine Coreopsis lanceolata Vine Spring - Fall
Coreopsis (Tickseed) Cosmos bipinnatus Flowering plant Summer - Fall
Cosmos Lagerstroemia Flowering plant Summer - Fall
Crape Myrtle Bignonia caprelota Shrub or Tree Spring - Fall
Crossvine. Tangerine Taraxacum officinale Vine Spring - Fall
Dandelion Chilopsis linearis Flowering plant Spring
Desert Willow Engelmannii salvia Tree Summer - Fall
Engleman's Sage Commelina erecta Flowering plant Spring - Summer
Erect Dayflower Tecoma stans Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Esperanza Sophora affinis Shrub Spring - Fall
Eve's Necklace Agalinis Tree Spring
False Foxglove Baptista australis Flowering plant Summer
False Indigo Linum berlandieri Flowering plant Summer
Flax, Berlandier's Yellow Oenothera macrocarpa Shrub Spring - Fall
Fluttermills (Evening Primrose) Penstemon cobaea Flowering plant Spring
Foxglove, Wild Assorted Flowering plant Summer
Fruit Trees that bear fruit Sphaeralcea angustifolia Tree Spring
Global Mallow Packera obovate Flowering plant Summer
Golden Groundsel Solidago sp. Flowering plant Spring
Goldenrod Assorted Flowering plant Summer
Grapevines Dalea greggli Vine Spring - Summer
Gregg's Dalea Conocilinum greggi Flowering plant Spring
Gregg's Mistflower Pentstamon tenuis Flowering plant Spring
Gulf Coast Pentsamon Vicia villosa Flowering plant Spring - Summer
Hairy Vetch Lamium amplexicaule Flowering plant Summer
Henbit Raphiolepis indica Flowering plant Spring
Hawthorn, Little Pinkie Various hibiscus Shrub Spring
Hibiscus, hardy & non-hardy Prosopis glandulosa Shrub Summer - Fall
Honey Mesquite Amblynlepis setigera Tree Spring - Fall
Huisache Daily Clerodendrum bungei Flowering plant Spring
Hydranga, Mexican Salvia "Indigo Spires" Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Hyssop Hyssopus Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Indigo Spires Gaillardia pulchella/ Gaillardia Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Indian Blanket/ Blanket Flowers Eysenhardtia texana Flowering plant Spring - Summer
Kidneywood Lantana sp. Shrub Spring - Fall
Lantana, Texas Ranunculus macranthus Shrub Summer - Fall
Large Buttercup Delphenium sp. Flowering plant Spring
Larkspur Lavendula Flowering plant Spring
Lavender Eribotrya japonica Shrub Spring
Loquats, Fruit Bearing Salvia lyrata Shrub or Tree Fall
Lyre Leaf Sage Citrus x meyeri Flowering plant Spring
Meyer Lemon Tree Salvia farinacea Tree, small Late Winter
Mealy Blue Sage Prosopis sp. Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Mesquite Ungnadia speciosa Tree Spring
Mexican Buckeye Kalanchoe daigremontiana Shrub or Tree Spring
Mexican Hat Cuphea hyssopifolia Flowering plant Spring
Mexican Heather, False Heather Justica spiogera Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Mexican Honeysuckle Prunus mexicana Shrub Year-round
Mexican Plums Asclepias sp. Tree Spring
Milkweed Lamiaceae sp. Flowering plant Spring - Summer
Mint Mikania scandens Flowering plant Spring - Summer
Monarch Vine Convolvulaceae sp. Vine Spring - Fall
Morning Glory Fabaceae Leguminosae Vine Spring - Fall
Mountain Laurel Ilex Shrub or Tree Spring
Nellie Stevens Holly Bauhjinia lunarioides Tree Spring
Orchid Tree Origarium vulgare Tree Spring
Oregano oxalis regnellii Vegetable garden Summer
Oxalis, purple Chamaecrista fasiculata Flowering plant Late Winter - Early Spring
Partridge Pea Prunus persica Flowering plant Summer - Fall
Peach Tree, many varieties Lepidium virginicum Tree Spring
Pepper Grass Dyospiros texana Flowering plant Summer
Persimmons Oenethera speciosa Tree Summer
Pink Evening Primrose Pistacia texana Flowering plant Spring
Pistachio Tree (nut bearing) Punica granatum Shrub or Tree Spring
Pomegranate, bushes/trees Papaver rhoeas Shrub or Tree Spring
Poppy, Red Corn Fabaceae sp. Flowering plant Spring
Powder Puff Glandularia bipinnaifida Shrub Summer
Prairie Verbena Opurntia Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Prickly Pear Echinacea purpurea Flowering plant Spring
Purple Coneflower Tradescantia pallida Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Purple Heart (Purple Queen) Leucophyllum frutescens Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Purple Sage :yracantha coccinea Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Pyracantha Antigonon Leptopus Shrub Spring
Queen Anne's Wreath Leguminosae Vine Spring - Fall
Ratama Cercis canadensis Tree Spring - Summer
Redbud Tree Cistus albidus Tree Spring
Rock Rose Rosmarinus officinalis Shrub Spring -Summer
Rosemary Justica brandgeana Shrub Spring
Shrimp Plant Asclepias curassavica "Silky Gold" Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Silky Gold Butterfly Weed Dichondra argentea Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Silver Pony-foot, Kidneyweed Symphyotrichum oolentangiense Groundcover Summer
Sky-Blue Aster Antirrhinum Aster oolentangiense Summer - Fall
Snapdragons Tradescantia sp. Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Spiderwort Rhus virens Flowering plant Summer - Fall
Sumac, Evergreen Rhus copallina Shrub Summer - Fall
Sumac, Flame Red Helianthus sp. Tree Summer - Fall
Sunflower Machaeranthera tanacetifolia Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Tahoka Daisy (Prairie Aster) Mahonia swaysesli Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Texas Barberry Stachys coccinea Shrub Winter - Spring
Texas Betony Asteraceae sp. Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Thistles Lyclum torreyl Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Tomatillo Tecoma radicans Shrub Summer
Trumpet Vine Glandularia bipinnatifida Vine Spring - Fall
Verbena Allium canadense Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Wild Onion Prunus americana Flowering plant Summer
Wild Plum Callirnoe digitata Shrub or Tree Spring
Winecup Wisteria frutescens Flowering plant Spring
Wisteria Achiliea Vine Spring - Summer
Yarrow, Common Tecoma stans Flowering plant Spring - Fall
Yellow Bells (Esperanza) Asteraceae sp. Shrub Spring - Fall
Zinnia
Flowering plant Spring - Fall






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