Annuals & Native Grasses for Pollinators

Minnesotans eager to help pollinators now can turn to research at the University of Minnesota Extension, which looked at which annual flowers likeliest to attract bees, butterflies, moths and other insects. Zinnias topped the list of 24 varieties Extension Master Gardeners studied for eight weeks in 2016.
“As horticulturists, we want to find out which annual flowers attract pollinators. This will give gardeners some new ideas for using annuals to benefit these important insects,” said Julie Weisenhorn, Extension educator.

“Pop Art Red and White” and “Envy” zinnias were the top-ranked pollinator destination. Also appealing to pollinators: “Coral Nymph” salvias and “Irish Eyes” rudbeckia (sometimes called coneflower).

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