Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects

Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects

Beneficial insects can protect your plants by getting rid of those pesky insects. But, of course you have to attract these beneficial insects first before they can help you. How?

Beneficial insects are easy to lure in the garden – just give them what they like most which are flowers that are rich in nectar and pollen.

Here is a list of plants that attract beneficial insects which you can start planting in your garden – if you haven’t done so yet.

Annual Plants

Alyssum ‘Carpet of Snow’

These masses of tiny flowers can attract hoverflies and parasitic mini-wasps.

Basil

This herb has flowers that can attract bees and other beneficial insects. It can also repel aphids and tomato hornworms.

Calendula

This flower can attract bees and hoverflies.

Cornflower

This flower can attract a lot of beneficial insects such as bees, lacewings, ladybugs, hoverflies and parasitic wasps.

Cosmos

Lacewings, hoverflies, and parasitic wasps are all attracted to this flower.

Dill

The flower of this herb can attract ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies and parasitic mini-wasps. You can also use to as a trap crop for aphids.

Marigold

Marigold attracts bees and hoverflies. The roots of this flower produce a secretion that can kill root-eating nematodes in the soil. The flower petals of Marigold are edible.

Morning Glory

Plant Morning Glory to attract syrphid flies and ladybugs.

Nigella

This plant is a quick-blooming and self-sowing annual that can attract bees. The seeds of Nigella damascena and Nigella sativa are edible.

Snapdragon

This flower is best for attracting bumblebees.

Zinnia

Zinnia flowers can attract bees, ladybugs, hoverflies, parasitic wasps and other beneficial insects.

Perennial Plants

Agastachefoeniculum

The flowers of this herb are attractive to bees and other beneficial insects. This herb blooms the first year from seed; you can use its leaves to make a tea.

Alyssum saxatile

Also known as the ‘Basket of Gold’ because of its bright yellow flowers that bloom in May. This is also a good source of food for ladybugs and hoverflies.

Bronze Fennel

The leaves and seeds of this plant are edible. This plant can attract a lot of beneficial insects such as bees, hoverflies, lacewings, ladybugs, syrphid flies, tachinid flies, and parasitic wasps.

Common Chives

The flowers of this plant are attractive to bees, hoverflies, and parasitic wasps. You can add the leaves and flowers to your recipes.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea)

Praying mantis, bees, and parasitic wasps are all attracted to the flowers of this plant, while birds are attracted to the seed heads.

Feverfew

This herb has white daisy-like flowers that are attractive to hoverflies. You can use this herb to treat migraine and headaches.

Garlic Chives

This plant attracts bees and other beneficial insects. The leaves of this plant have a strong garlic odor that repels aphids. This is also a good companion plant for roses.

Goldenrod

This plant attracts assassin bugs, big-eyed bugs, bees, ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies, praying mantis, and parasitic wasps. Plant this from late summer to fall.

HesperisMatronalis (Dame’s Rocket)

The flowers of this plant attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. You can add the young leaves to for dishes.

Lavender ‘Lady’ (LavandulaAngustifolia)

Hoverflies and bees are attracted to its flowers.

Lemon Balm

The leaves of this plant have a lemon flavor, which you can use for making tea. Tachinid flies, hoverflies, and parasitic mini-wasps are attracted to its small flowers.

Parsley

The flowers of this herb are attractive to beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies, tachinid flies, and parasitic mini-wasps.

PenstemonStrictus (Rocky Mountain Penstemon)

Its vivid blue flowers attract ladybugs, bees, and hoverflies.

Black-Eyed Susan (RudbeckiaHirta)

This plant has daisy-like flowers with a golden-yellow color that are attractive to bees and lacewings.

Salvia

Salvia attracts pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.

Thyme

The tiny flowers of thyme are attractive to hoverflies.

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