Planting Guides for Bees

In New Mexico, there are many pollinators beyond the honey bee. There are wasps, beetles, hummingbirds, flies, bats, moths, butterflies and native bees and they all have different requirements for food, water and shelter. There are many ways you can make your yard pollinator friendly.

Pollen and Nectar Bees need sources of pollen and nectar.  Nectar is an energy source for bees and is what they make honey out of. Pollen is used to feed the brood  or baby bees and is a vital source of protein and fats. All blooming plants provide pollen, but not all pollen is desirable for bees. 

Flowers Try to provide a variety of flowers and native plant species throughout the season so that pollinators always have a source of pollen and nectar. You can plant a variety of colors and types of flowers. Here are Pictures of Plants for Pollinators compiled by the research at NMSU.

Water Another way to bring bees and other pollinators to your yard is to provide a water source. This can be a slow dripping faucet, a bubbling fountain or a large bowl that is filled with water and rocks. The rocks provide a landing pad for bees.

Insecticides Stop using insecticides, reduce or stop the use of pesticides and always follow the directions on the back of the bottle. Try IPM or Integrative Pest Management. Here is a list of synthetic nicotine-based pesticides believed to be toxic to honeybees and native pollinators: Avoid Using These Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Local Pollinator Research Tessa R. Grasswitz ( and David R. Dreesen ( have shared the preliminary results from 1 1/2 years of researching pollinator friendly plants for NM. Their preliminary research can be found here- NM Plants for Pollinators Summary You can also find images of suggested plants for pollinators here- Pictures of Plants for Pollinators


The Melissa Garden, a honeybee sanctuary lists plants for pollinators:

Judith Phillips, “New Mexico Gardener’s Guide” clearly identifies plants that support bees

US Fish & Wildlife Services- pollinators:

The New Mexico “Plants for Pollinators Project”:

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation:

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, provides current honeybee research:

US Forest Service, Gardening for pollinators:


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