Flowers That Attract Beneficial Insects

When you plant this mix of annual and perennial flowers in your yard, you'll provide food for hungry bees who will repay you by pollinating the plants in your garden. These blooms will also attract other beneficial insects, including hover- or syrphld flies, lacewings, lady beetles, and parasitic wasps.


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Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

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Clusters of Vi-inch-wide pink, purple, or white flowers on 4- to 8-inch-tall mounded plants Annual



Perennial with '^-inch-wide blue-violet flowers on long stems; plants grow 1to 2 feet tall Zones 3 to 8


(Coriandrum sativum)


Herb with tiny white flowers on 1- to 3-foot tali plants

(Anethum graveolens)

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Herb with yellow-green flower heads and feathery foliage; plants grow to 3 feet tall Annual

Tansy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolium)


Bell-shaped blue to lavender flowers on 1 - to 4-foot-tall plants; wear gloves when handling this plant, since it causes some gardeners to break out in a rash Annual

Poached egg flower or meadow foam (Limnanthes douglasil)

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Flowers that have yellow centers and white edges; spreading plants grow to 1 foot tall Annual

Corn poppy, Shirley poppy (Papaver rhoeas)


3- to 4-inch-wtde pink, purple, red, or white flowers; plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall Annual

Single-flowered sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

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Yellow, orange, or maroon flowers with dark centers; flowers are up to 1 foot wide on 1- to 12-foot-tall stems (size depends on variety) Annual

White yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

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Perennial with 2- to 3-inch-wide flowers on 1- to 2V2-foot-tall plants Zones 3 to 9

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