Native Pollinator Plants – DFW

This page will be updated as I get more information.  It will be a repository of information I glean about native pollinator attractant plants in the North Texas (specifically, Dallas-Fort Worth) area.  I hope this information is helpful to you!

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Common Name Botanical Name Ht/Spread Annual/Perennial Sun Requirements Water Needs Bloom Color Bloom Time Pollinators Notes
Texas Bluebonnet Lupinus texensis 6-20” Annual Full Sun Well-drained Blue Mar-May Bees Butterflies
American Basketflower Centaurea americana 2’ – 5’ Annual Full Sun Med-moist Lavender/ Pink May-June Bees Birds Humming Butterflies
Cutleaf Daisy Engelmannia peristenia 1’ – 3’ Perennial Full/Part/ Dappled Medium Yellow Feb-Nov Bees Birds Humming Butterflies
Indian Blanket Gaillardia pulchella 1’ – 2’ Annual Full/Part Well-drained Purple Yellow Scarlet May-Jul Bees Butterflies
Lanceleaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolate 2’ – 3’ Perennial Full/Part/ Dappled Well-drained Yellow May – Jul Bees Butterflies
Purple Prairie Clover Dalea purpurea v. purpurea 1’ – 3’ Perennia Full Med moist Purple Jun-Jul Bees Birds Humming Butterflies Legume
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea 2’ Perennial Full/Part/ Dappled Well-drained Purple Apr - May Bees Birds Humming Butterflies
Purple Coneflower_Narrowleaf Echinacea augustifolia 2’ Perennial Full/Part Well-drained Purple May-Jun Bees
Winecup (annual) Callirhoe leiocarpa 1’ – 3’ Annual Full/Part/ Dappled Med-moist Purple Mar-Jun Bees Butterflies
Winecup (perennial) Callirhoe involucrata 6”-12” Perennial Full/Part/ Dappled Med. Moist Red Feb-Jun Bees Birds - Humming
White Prairie Clover Dalea candida 2’ – 3’ Perennial Full Well-drained White Jun – Jul Bees
Foxglove Penstemon cobaea 12” – 18” Perennial Full/part Well-drained White/ Pink Apr – May Bees Birds – Humming Butterflies
Partridge Pea Chamaecrista fasciculate 1’ – 3’ Annual Full/Part Well-drained Yellow Jun - Oct Bees Birds – Humming Butterflies
Greenthread Thelosyserma filifolium 12” Annual/Perennial Full Well-drained Yellow Feb – Nov Bees Birds - Humming
Gayfeather Liatris erennialmucronata 1’ – 3’ Perennial Full/part Well-drained Pink Aug-Dec Bees Birds – Humming Butterflies
Lemon Mint Monarda citriodora 1’ – 3’ Annual Full/Part Well-drained White/ pink May-Jul Bees Birds – Humming Butterflies
Golden Wave Coreopsis basalis 8”-16” Annual Full/Part/Dappled Well-drained Yellow Apr – Jul Bees Butterflies
Bush Sunflower Simsia calva 6”-24” Perennial Full/Part Well-drained Yellow Apr-Oct Bees Birds - Humming Drought Resistant
Missouri Primrose Oenothera missouriensis 3”-12” Perennial Full/Part Well-drained Yellow Apr-Jun Bees Butterflies Hardy Drought Resistant
Swamp Sunflower Helianthus augustifolium 1’ – 3’ Perennial Full/Part/ Dappled Moist Yellow Oct Bees
Golden Dalea_Golden Prairie Clover Dalea aurea 1’-3’ Perennial Full Cry Yellow White Apr – Jul Bees Fabaceae family (legume)
Illinois Bundleflower Desmanthus illinoensis 1’ – 3’ Perennial Full/Dappled/Shade Med moist White May-Sep Bees Birds – Hummers Butterflies
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta 1’ – 3’ Annual (short lived Perennial) Full/Part/ Dappled Well-drained Yellow May-Nov Bees Birds – Hummers Butterflies Goes dormant in drought
Tahoka Daisy Machaeranthera tanacetifolia 4”-16” Annual Full/Part Well-drained Lavender/ purple May-Oct Bees Butterflies
Butterfly Weed Aesclepias tuberosa 10”-20” Perennial Full/Part/ Dappled Well-drained Golden rose May-Sep Bees Birds – Hummers Butterflies Cold stratify 30 days before planting
Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa 1’ – 3’ Perennial Full Dry Pale Pink May-Sep Butterflies Cold stratify 30 days before planting
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca 2’ – 4’ Perennial Full/Part Med-moist Pink Jun-Oct Butterflies Cold stratify 30 days before planting
Swamp “Rose” Milkweed Asclepias incarnata 2’ – 4’ Perennial Full/Part Moist Pink & light purple Jun-Oct Butterflies Cold stratify 30 days before planting
Green Milkweed Asclepias viridis 1’ – 2’ Perennial Full Well-drained,medium dry White Green Apr – Sep Butterflies Cold stratify 30 days before planting
Antelope Horns, “spider”milkweed Asclepias asperula 8” – 24” Perennial Full Well-drained,medium dry Near white Mar-May Butterflies Cold stratify 30 days before planting
Lazy Daisy Aphanostephus sp. 4”-16” Annual Full/Part Medium White May-Aug Bees
Prairie Verbena Glandularia bipinnatifida var. 4”-12” Perennial Full/Part Part dry to moist Purple Mar-Oct Bees Butterflies
Common Sunflower Helianthus annus 2’-8’ Annual Full/Part Moist Yellow May-Oct Bees
Frostweed Verbestina virginica 3’ – 6’ Perennial Full/Part/ Shade Well-drained, dry=moist White Aug-Nov Bees
Blue Mistflower Conoclidium coelestinum 1’ – 3’ Perennial Full/Part/Dappled/Shade Medium Blue Jul-Nov Bees
Tall Goldenrod Solidago altissima 1’ – 2’ Perennial Part/Shade Med to well drained Yellow Sep – Nov Bees Butterflies
Rattlesnake Master Eryngium yuccifolium 18” – 20” Perennial Full/Part Dry to Med-moist Greenish white Apr – Jul Bees
Maximilian Sunflower Helianthus maximiliana 4’ – 6’ Perennial Full/Part Med-moist Yellow Aug-Oct Bees Birds – Hummers Butterflies
Drummond Phlox Phlox drummondii 6”-12” Annual Full/Part Dry Pink Mar-Jun Birds - Hummers
White Gaura Oenothera lindheimeri 2’ – 5’ Perennial Full/Part shade Well-drained White Apr – Jul Birds – Humming
Pink Evening Primrose Oenothera speciose 1’ – 2’ Perennial Full/Part/ Dappled Med moist Pink White Mar -Jul Birds - Humming
Standing Cypress Ipomopsis rubra 2’ – 5’ Biennial Full/Part/ Dappled Dry Red Orange Yellow May-Jul Birds – Humming Butterflies
Scarlet Sage Salvia coccinea 6”-30” Perennial Full/Part/ Dappled/Shade Dry to Med moist Red White Pink May-Oct Birds - Humming
Mealy Blue Sage Salvia farinacea 2’ – 3’ Perennial Sun Moist Dk. Blue to white Apr – Oct Birds - Humming Low water needs after established
Huisache Daisy Amblyolepsis setigera 6” – 18” Annual Full/Part Well-drained Yellow Apr – Jun Butterflies