Top 10 Best Wildflowers For Native Bees

May 07, 2015

As we progress into the future, we are seeing an increasing pace at which we are developing unused land and unactivated spaces across the United States and in California, this is leading to the destruction of the habitat of the native bees that feed on the native wildflowers our ecosystem depends on. To rebuild this habitat, proper knowledge of the best wildflowers for native bees is required.

Arroyo Lupine

Native Wildflower Arroyo LupineThis particular flower is considered to be one of the most beautiful of all wildflowers and the wildflower seeds of this plant can easily be found. The scientific name of this plant is Lupinus succulentus and its origin is traced back to the Yolo County. It is commonly used for decoration too.

California Phacelia

Native Wildflower California PhaceliaKnown as Phacelia Californica in botanic terms, this perennial wildflower is mostly used to help native pollinators and native bees. It's a hearty, semi-drought tolerant wildflower, and can be grown easily in most soils. Apart from its gorgeous purple blooms, the plant is also admired for its medicinal properties. It is quite easy to grow and you can find its native wildflower seed balls quite easily. A vital food source for the Mission blue butterfly, an endangered species endemic to San Francisco, this wildflower is a must have for San Francisco Bay Area gardens.

California Poppy

Native Wildflower California Poppy - latin as Eschscholzia CalifornicaThis particular flower has very few competitors in terms of its practicality and the applications it has are almost endless. A powerhouse pollen producer, this plant gives native and non-native european honey bees the protein dense pollen they need to build a strong hive. Eschscholzia Californica is the scientific name of this wildflower and it is a particularly favorite flower for honey bees. The medical applications of this wildflower are quite diverse and amazing.

Common Madia (tarweed)

Common Madia - photo by Noah ElhardtThis particular flower, as the name suggests is actually quite easily available and can be grown by anyone under almost all types of soil. The botanical name of this wildflower is Madia elegans and you can easily find its seeds from anywhere. During the daytime the radial flower curl up, then opening in the late afternoon and staying open all night long until sunrise. The seeds were collected by some native american tribes such as Miwok and Pomo, dried, ground into a flower to be used as a staple food. (photo by Noah Elhardt in Santa Cruz, CA mountains)

Elegant Clarkia or Mountain Garland

Native Wildflower Elegant Clarkia - scientific name Clarkia unguiculataThis beautiful bright colored flower is particularly loved for its use in decoration and the scientific name of this native wildflower is Clarkia unguiculata. Sometimes found growing on a forest floor, particularly oak woodlands, it is shade tolerant. Furthermore, it often grows on dry, open slopes, but the shade tolerance makes it particularly useful in the garden. Additional growing instructions can be found on the Jepson Manual page for Clarkia Unguiculata. The native wildflower seed balls of this plant can also be acquired from anywhere. (photo credit goes to John J Kehoe)

Evening Primrose

Bright yellow in color, this particular wildflower is widely used for decoration purposes. It is particularly favored by the honey bees and you can also grow them quite easily on a wide range of soils. The scientific name of this particular wildflower is Oenothera elata.

Golden lupine

This particular wildflower is also admired greatly for its use in decoration and its amazing color that also attracts native bees. The scientific name for this flower is Lupinus densiflorus and you can easily plant it in a number of different soils, preferably dry.


With its looks similar to that of a sunflower, this particular flower is used in a number of different ways. The most common use however is for decoration and you can also grow this easily by simply ordering its seeds. The scientific name for this flower is Lasthenia glabrata.

Gum Plant

The countless applications of the gum plant are no secret and the bright yellow color of this particular plant attracts not only bees but is also very useful for decoration purposes. The scientific name of the plant is Grindelia camporum and it can easily be planted in most kinds of soils.

Bolander's Sunflower

The scientific name of this particular wildflower is Helianthus bolanderi and it is also very beautiful. With its bright color, it can and is used very frequently for decoration purposes. The flower has fairly good growth in most conditions and the native wildflower seeds of this plant can be found quite easily.

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