Beekeeping/Plants for Honey Bees

Honey bees have a rather short tongue; shorter than those of bumblebees and butterflies like atalantas. As such, they prefer flowers such as[1]:

  • Nemesia
  • Melissa officinalis
  • Mahonia
  • Viburnum
  • Borago officinalis
  • Rubus spp
  • Erica
  • Rosa canina
  • Reseda odorata
  • Erysimum
  • Pastinaca sativa
  • Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Iberis
  • Arabis
  • Verbascum
  • Vicia faba
  • Parthenocissus quinquefolia
  • Isatis tinctoria
  • Chamerion angustifolium
  • Verbena officinalis
  • Daucus carota



It should be noted that the list of plants mentioned above may or may not be native to your area. As such, if you wish to use them, check whether they are native to your area first.


  1. HDRA encyclopedia of organic gardening by Pauline Spears