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)

Bristly Nama / Sandbells (Nama hispidum)

Common sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Common sunflower leaves

Cowpen daisy (Verbesina encelioides)

Crucita (Chromolaena odorata)

Gulf fritillary drinking nectar from crucita

Downy groundcherry (Physalis pubescens)

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

Guayacan (Guaiacum angustifolium)

Hierba del marrano (Symphyotrichum sp.)

Honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa)

Huisache (Acacia farnesiana)

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