This page about Pond Plants for Pollinators on gardenersworld.com was tweeted by them this morning.
- Pollinators include bees, hoverflies, wasps, moths and butterflies.
- Many pond plants have single flowers, which are the most attractive to pollinating insects.
- Pollinators need to drink so will find 2 benefits in the pond on the same visit - water and pollen.
The 5 pond plants highlighted in the Gardeners World Mag article were:
- Myosotis scorpioides Blue Forget me Not
- Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum Fools Water Cress
- Ranunculus flammula Water Buttercup
- Potentilla palustris Marsh Cinquefoil
- Mentha aquatica Water Mint
We would add these British Native pond plants to the list for pollinators too:
- Alisma plantago-aquatica Water Plantain
- Butomus umbellatus Flowering Rush
- Caltha palustris Marsh Marigold
- Lythrum salicaria Loosestrife
We have seen pollinators on all these pond plants in the Nursery.
Add other pond plants for pollinators that are not British Native:
Include Non British Native pond plants as they attract pollinators to the pond later in the season:
- Anemopsis californica
- Iris Louisiana Black Gamecock
- Mentha cervina and Mentha cervina alba Water Spearmint
- Pontederia cordata Pickerel Weed
- Don't forget the moist area plants around the pond attract pollinators too:
- Eupatorium cannabinum Hemp Agrimony
- Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet
- Geum rivale Water avens
- Lychnis flos-cuculi & Lychnis flos-cuculi White Robin
- Primula veris Cowslip
Be sure to read our page on Pond plants for insect pollinators and watch our video on 'How to attract insect pollinators to your pond' there.