Zoom on the list of plants bees find attractive

20 Jul 2017

To keep bees in good health farms, parks and roadway edges are all areas to plant. In June 2017 the French Ministry for Agriculture published a list of 200 plants bees find attractive to reinforce plant diversity in these spaces.


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This list was compiled by professionals.

The list of the 200 plants that attract bees was created in the context of an agro-ecological project for France, led by the French Ministry for Agriculture and Food. But it is especially the work of a group of professionals from Val’hor, FranceAgriMer, Astredhor, the Bee Institute and the Société nationale d’horticulture de France.

A tool for choosing plants bees find attractive…

The list resulting from this pool of expertise is a tool to assist in the choice of plants that attract bees. The idea is to propose a wide variety of plants to ensure the survival of bees and other pollinators.
The 200 plants bees find attractive are listed in four categories: “trees”, “bushes, shrubs, lianas”, “annual, bi-annual, perennials” and “bulbs”. So that each plant can be used most advantageously, essential information such as their flowering period, the interest of their nectar, the interest of their pollen and a confidence index is appended.

… and keep them healthy!

As you know, bees’ health mainly depends on floral species availability and diversity. Unfortunately, standardization of landscapes has contributed to a reduction in these resources…
It is now essential to contribute to their survival by maintaining a wide diversity by using plants adapted to all the different places where flowers can grow. This is why bee-killing neonicotinoids will soon be prohibited.

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Do you want to bring color back to your flower gardens and conserve biodiversity? This list is a practical tool for choosing plants bees find attractive. Download the list to find out more about the species available!

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