Quick Pollinator Plant Identification Guide

NATIONAL BUTTERFLY CENTER
Plants Visited by Wild Bees

Alamo vine (Merremia dissecta)
Barbados cherry (Malpighia emarginata)
Berlandier's fiddlewood (Citharexylum berlandieri)
Berlandier's fiddlewood berries
Blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella)
Common sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Common sunflower leaves
Cowpen daisy (Verbesina encelioides)
Crucita (Chromolaena odorata)
Gulf fritillary drinking nectar from crucita
Erect spiderling (Boerhavia erecta)
Erect spiderling, with green metallic bee
Esperanza (Tecoma sans)
Melitoma marginella chimney bee inside an esperanza blossom
Firebush (Hamelia patens)
Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)
Frog fruit (Phyla nodiflora)
A typical patch of frog fruit blossoms
Hierba del marrano (Symphyotrichum sp.)
Low croton (Croton humilis)
Manzanita / Bigberry manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca)
Mexican alder (Turnera Ulmifolia)
Mexican hat (Rabtibida columnifera)
Mexican shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeeana)
Moradilla / Beaked vervain (Grandularia quadrangulata)
Pigeonberry (Duranta erecta)
California digger bee drinking nectar from pigeonberry blossoms
Prickly poppy / Golden prickly poppy (Argemone aenea)
Prickly poppy / Red prickly poppy (Argemone sanguinea)
Purple groundcherry (Quincula lobata)
Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata)
Rio Grande abutilon (Abutilon hypoleucum)
Shrubby blue salvia (Salvia ballotiflora)
Silver-leaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium)
Silver-leaf nightshade pollinated by green metallic bee
Skeleton-leaf goldeneye (Viguiera stenoloba)
A cluster of skeleton-leaf golden-eye plants
Melissoptila otomita long-horned bee on skeleton-leaf goldeneye
Spanish needles (Bidens alba)
Spiked malvastrum (Malvastrum americanum)
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Last updated November 2019

 1-15-19