Pond plant flowers can provide pollen and nectar for insect pollinators.

Pond plant flowers can help sustain many British insect pollinators – butterflies, moths, hoverflies, wasps and bees.

Flowers can offer sources of nectar and pollen – insects need nectar as an energy source and pollen grains contain proteins and oils. All insect visitors attracted to a flower as a food source will also be able to transfer pollen on its body to another flower of the same plant and complete the pollination process leading to fertilization and the production of seeds or fruit.

  • Aim to have plants whose flowers are attractive to pollinating insects in bloom from Spring to Autumn.

The following British Native pond plants are in the RHS ‘Plants for Pollinators’ list

Non Native pond plant flowers that are good as ‘Plants for Pollinators’

  •  Non Native plants extend the season of available pollen for the insects so are vital to the overall success of pollination in the garden.
  • We recommend a combination of both British Native and Non Natives in a balanced habitat.
  • Avoid double flowers as they will be lacking in nectar and pollen and insects will also have difficulty gaining access to them.

Plants for moist and boggy areas that are ‘Plants for Pollinators’

  • In addition to their food requirements, pollinating insects need the right sort of habitats to complete their life cycle.
  • Bees in particular need suitable places to make their nests, which may be below ground, in dense vegetation on the surface, or in holes in logs, plant stems, walls.
  • Pollinating flies rely on pools, ditches, damp soil and animal dung for their larval development.

Examples of various insect pollinators on Butomus umbellatus:

Examples of various insect pollinators on assorted wet and moist plants: