Plants for Bees

Northumbrian plants for bees

The plants below can be found in hedgerows, woodland, moorland, crop fields and domestic gardens here in rural Northumberland.  All within foraging range of my bees.  The honey they produce will be from nectar collected by visiting a combination of these plants, during the foraging season.

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Bird Cherry

Bird Cherry

Bird Cherry – Prunus padus Plant : This tree is native to Northumberland and prefers damp woodland areas.  It can
Bird’s Foot Trifoil

Bird’s Foot Trifoil

Bird’s Foot Trifoil – Lotus corniculatus Plant : Bird’s Foot Trifoil is a native wildflower, which grows in meadows and
Blackthorn

Blackthorn

Blackthorn : Prunus spinosa Plant :  Blackthorn can be an important early season forage for bees.  It belongs to the
Bluebell

Bluebell

Bluebell : Hyacinthoides non-scripta Plant :  Bluebell grows in abundance in rural Northumbrian woodland, forming carpets of blue flowers, in
Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush – Buddleja Davidii Plant : Butterfly Bush is a popular garden plant and has become naturalised across the region. 
Common Nettle

Common Nettle

Common Nettle – Urtica dioica Plant : The common nettle grows in large patches on waste ground, hedgerows, shrub-land and
Crocus

Crocus

Crocus : Crocus vernus Plant :  A popular garden plant providing welcome colour on sunny days, from late winter to
Daisy

Daisy

Daisy – Bellis perennis Plant : The humble daisy is a useful source of forage for bees throughout the season. 
Dandelions

Dandelions

Dandelions : Taraxacum Plant :  The dandelion is hated by gardeners but should be loved by beekeepers.  It can be
False Goat’s Beard

False Goat’s Beard

False Goat’s Beard – Astilbe Plant : False Goat’s Beard is native to Asia and Northern America but is grown locally
Forget me not

Forget me not

Forget me not : Myosotis sylvatica Plant :  The wood forget me not plant is slender, with tiny blue flowers
Gorse

Gorse

Gorse : Ulex europaeus Plant :  Large patches of gorse can be found on moorland and hedgerow in rural Northumberland. 
Hawthorn

Hawthorn

Hawthorn : Crataegus monogyna Plant :  Hawthorn is good source of early spring pollen and nectar for honey bees.  Its
Hedge Bindweed

Hedge Bindweed

Hedge Bindweed – Calystegia sepium Plant : Hedge Bindweed grows on shrub land and woodland margins, although it is particularly
Hogweed

Hogweed

Hogweed : Heracleum sphondylium Plant :  The white flowers of this stall, spindly plant can be seen along hedgerows, woodland
Horse-chestnut

Horse-chestnut

Horse-chestnut : Aesculus hippocastanum Plant :  The horse-chestnut tree is a very large deciduous tree, which produces “conkers” in the
Ivy

Ivy

Ivy : Hedera helix Plant :  Ivy is a woody, evergreen, climbing plan which can colonize the tallest of deciduous
Lavender

Lavender

Lavender – Lavendula augustifolia Plant : Although it is not a native plant, Lavender can be grown in domestic gardens in
Lime

Lime

Lime – Tilia x vulgaris Plant : Lime trees can grow to 45m high and a single tree can be a
Ling heather

Ling heather

Ling heather : Calluna Vulgaris Plant : Ling heather produces blankets of purple moorland across large areas of rural Northumberland, in
Oilseed rape

Oilseed rape

Oilseed rape : Brassica Napus Plant : Oilseed rape has become a key feature of the beekeeping calendar and landscape in
Plum

Plum

Plum – Prunus domestica Plant : Plum trees are grown in domestic gardens for their attractive appearance and fruit, although it
Poppy

Poppy

Poppy : Papaver rhoeas Plant :  Poppy can occur in large numbers in agricultural field crops, particularly wheat, in rural
Primrose

Primrose

Primrose : Primrose vulgaris Plant :  Primrose typically grows in hedgerow banks, in woodland clearings and old grassland.  It grows
Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife – Lythrum salicaria Plant : Purple Loosestrife is a non-native species, which is grown in domestics gardens for
Rosebay willowherb

Rosebay willowherb

Rosebay Willowherb : Chamerion angustifolium Plant :  Flowering towards the end of the season, it is a good source of
Russian Sage

Russian Sage

Russian Sage – Perovskia atriplicifolia Plant : Russian Sage is a non-native species but is often grown in domestic gardens
Sea Holly

Sea Holly

Sea Holly – Eryngium maritimum Plant : Sea Holly grows in coastal areas, as well as grown in gardens locally for
Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Snowdrops : Galanthus nivalis Plant : Snowdrops are hardy little plants and are one of the first in the year to
Spear Mint

Spear Mint

Spear Mint – Mentha spicata Plant : Spear Mint is grown as an aromatic pot herb in many domestic gardens.  It
Sweet Rocket

Sweet Rocket

Sweet Rocket – Hesperis matronalis Plant : Sweet Rocket is a member of the Brassicaceae family.  It readily self seeds and
Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry – Prunus avium Plant : The Wild Cherry tree grows to 25m and a single large tree can provide