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Native and Invasive Pollinator Plants

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Use this brief guide when deciding what pollinator plants to purchase or avoid for your property in the District.

DC NATIVE POLLINATOR PLANTS

Common Name

Botanical Name

Flowers

Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

Yellow Wild

Baptisia tinctoria

Partridge Pea

Chamaecrista fasciculata

Showy Tick

Desmodium canadense

Three-nerved Joe-Pye Weed

Eupatorium dubium

Common Boneset

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Purple-node Joe-Pye Weed

Eupatorium purpureum

Giant Sunflower

Helianthus giganteus

Ox-eye Sunflower

Heliopsis helianthoides

Round-head Bush-Clover

Lespedeza capitata

Dense Blazing-star

Liatris spicata

Shaggy Blazing-star

Liatris graminifolia

Great Blue

Lobelia siphilitica

Wild Blue

Lupinus perennis

Wild Bergamot (aka Bee Balm)

Monarda fistulosa

Spotted Horsemint (aka Bee Balm)

Monarda punctata

Beardtongue

Penstemon digitalis

Bigleaf Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum muticum

Common Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum virginianum

Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta

Coneflower

Echinacea angustifolia

Canada Goldenrod

Solidago canadensis

Early Goldenrod

Solidago juncea

New England Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Hairy Heath Aster

Symphyotrichum pilosum

Spiderworts

Tradescantia virginiana

Blue Vervain

Verbena hastata

New York Ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis

Golden Alexanders

Zizia aurea

Big Bluestem

Andropogon gerardii

Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium

Indian Grass

Sorghastrum nutans

Eastern Gamagrass

Tripsacum dactyloides

Canada Wild-rye

Elymus canadensis

Virginia Wild-rye

Elymus virginicus

Trees and Shrubs

Red Maple

Acer rubrum

Black Cherry

Prunus serotina

Allegheny Serviceberry

Amelanchier laevis

Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata

Pawpaw

Asimina triloba

Virginia Sweetspire

Itea virginica

Flowering dogwood

Cornus florida

Silky dogwood

Cornus amomum

Redbud

Cercis Canadensis

Mountain Laurel

Kalima latifolia

Witchhazel

Hamamelis virginiana

Spicebush

Linder benzoin

Arrowwood viburnum

Viburnum dentatum

Blackhaw viburnum

Viburnum prunifolium

Highbush Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum

 

DC INVASIVE POLLINATOR PLANTS

Common Name

Botanical Name

Bush Honeysuckles

Lonicera spp.

Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii

Lesser Celandine

Ficaria verna

Porcelainberry

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata

Bradford Pear

Pyrus calleryana

Oriental Bittersweet

Celastrus orbiculatus

Beefsteak Plant

Perilla frutescens

Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii

Wisteria

Wisteris sinensis or W. floribunda

Chocolate Vine

Akebia quinata

Periwinkle

Vinca minor

Common Daylily

Hemerocallis fulva

Spanish Bluebells

Hyacinthoides hispanica

Winged Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus

Norway Maple

Acer platanoides

Wintercreeper

Euonymus fortunei

Chinese Silvergrass

Miscanthus sinensis

Doublefile Viburnum

Viburnum plicatum

Italian Arum

Arum italicum

Jetbead

Rhodotypos scandens

Leatherleaf Mahonia

Mahonia bealei

Heavenly Bamboo/Nandina

Nandina domestica

 

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