Pond & moist plants for bees & butterflies

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Pond plant or moist plant flowers provide pollen and nectar for insect pollinators.

Pond plants & moist plants can help sustain many 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.
  • Insect visitors attracted to a flower as a food source will transfer the pollen between flowers.
  • This completes the pollination process. Fertilization leads to the production of seeds or fruit.
  • Aim to have plants with flowers in bloom from Spring through to Autumn for pollinating insects.
  • Use Non-Native plants to extend the season of available pollen for the insects
  • Pollinating insects are vital to the success of pollination in the garden and countryside.
  • We recommend a combination of both British Native and Non-Natives for a balanced habitat across all seasons.
  • Avoid double flowers as they will be lacking in nectar and pollen. Insects will have difficulty gaining access to that limited pollen.

RHS recommend these insect pollinator pond & moist plants in their 'Plants for Pollinators' lists.


Best pond plants for bees and butterflies:

Plants for Pollinators logoBest moist plants for bees and butterflies:

Plants for moist and boggy areas are also good  'Plants for Pollinators'

  • Pollinating insects like bees and butterflies also need the right sort of habitats to complete their life cycle.
  • Bees in particular need suitable places to make their nests. These can be below ground, in dense vegetation, in holes in logs, plant stems, walls which can be created in your moist area.

Examples of various insect pollinators on Butomus umbellatus: