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Native Pollinator Gardening

Creating Pollinator-Friendly Gardens with Native Plants: Locally Available Options

Interested in improving pollinator resources on your property? The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has developed this list of native plant species commonly available at local nurseries. It includes basic information about flower color, light and soil moisture requirements, and flowering time, so that you can create habitat that supports a wide variety of insects. All plants are native to the Northeast and the majority are native to Massachusetts. For a printable version of this list, click here.


  • Support the greatest diversity of pollinator insects by selecting a variety of flower colors, shapes, flowering times, and sizes
  • Place plants in sweeps (several of the same species planted along a curve) to make it easier for pollinators to find the plants they prefer
  • Need help determining the species that will grow best on your property, or have other questions? Consult with your local nursery or landscaper

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Native Pollinator Plant Database

Plant lists are divided into Perennials, Shrubs, Trees, and Grasses. Use the Search window to filter each list by plant name, flower color, soil moisture, flowering season, or light needs.

Date published: April 13, 2022
Last updated: January 13, 2020