Georgia Native Pollinators

This following list is just a sampling of plants attractive to pollinators that grow well in Georgia. It contains a mixture of annuals, perennials, natives, exotics, herbaceous plants, and shrubs.


Wild Indigo (Baptisia spp.)

Bee Balm (Monarda spp. – especially Monarda punctate)

Catmint (Nepeta x faassengi)

Cosmos (Cosmos spp. – especially single petal types)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Wheat Celosia (Celosia spicata)

Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Sunflower (Helianthus spp. – especially Helianthus angustifolius and ‘Lemon Queen’)

Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

St. John’s wort (Hypericum frondosum)

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)

Baby Sage (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’)

Milkweeds (Asclepias spps.)

Hardy Lantana (Lantana camara ‘Ms. Huff’)

Yarrow (Achillea spp.)

Asters (Symphyotricum spp.)

Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium dubium)

Ironweed (Vernonia spp.)

Also consider adding food plants for the larval stages of butterflies, like parsley and bronze fennel.


Mexican Sunflower

Eastern Purple Coneflower