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plants for bees

fruit and veg pollinated by beesBritain needs more plants for bees and other pollinating insects. 

Pollinating insects are essential to food production,  they work for free and without them our food choices would be very limited and probably very expensive.

Sarah Raven’s TV program Bees, Butterflies and Blooms highlighted the need for all of us to plant more bee-friendly plants and the Olympic Meadows have shown us how beautiful plants for bees really are.

Meadowmat wild flower mattinghas been carefully designed to make establishing bee-friendly wild -flower meadows as easy as possible. 

Many of our garden flowers, such as double flowers and hybrid roses are the wrong shape for bees to feed from.

Meadowmat is a low maintenance way to make a bee friendly wild flower meadow with an easily accessible and rich source of nectar for a wide range of bees. 

The table below shows which plants  in Meadowmat  are particularly good plants for bees.

bee on knapweedUK bee species include

  • Honeybees
  • 200 or so species of solitary bees
  • 24 species of bumblebee

Plant

Honeybees

Short tongued bumblebees

Long tongued bumblebees

Solitary Bees

Autumn Hawkbit

 

 

Birds-foot trefoil

Bugle

 

Buttercup

 

 

 

Catsear

 

 

 

Cranesbill

Clover

 

cowslip

 

 

 

Grass

 

 

Hawkweed

 

 

 

Knapweed

Mallow

 

Oxeye Daisy

 

 

 

Red campion

 

 

 

Red clover

 

Scabious

Vetch

 

Vipers Bugloss

Yellow Rattle

 

 

Wild Carrot

 

 

 

Yarrow (Achillea)

 

 

 

 

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