Plant Native Perennials – Save Bees

Commercial pesticides are killing thousands of bees everyday. We need the bees to pollinate our plants. Without pollinators, our grasses, grains, trees, shrubs, flowers (really any vegetation) can’t grow. Pollination is the only way that the fertilization process begins in order for seeds to develop. Without seeds, we have no plants.

We need to bring back the natural pollinators. Two things need to occur in order for this to happen:

  1. We need to stop using the commercial pesticides that kill them.
  2. We have to regrow the pollinator population.

We aren’t going to turn the tide of big agriculture in a blink of an eye. One thing the average consumer can do is to buy organic, thus eventually eliminating the use of pesticides. Another very important act the average person can do is to grow native perennials from your surrounding area. Growing even one plant will make a sudden impact. Growing native perennials will give the natural pollinators a place to strive during the spring and summer months, as well as, a place to lay eggs and hibernate in the fall and winter months.

In my area in northwest Indiana, I grow purple coneflower (echinacea). I’ve seen many

photo credit April McLeish

species of butterflies, bees, flies, moths, caterpillars, and beetles swarming around these plants. I also don’t deadhead the flowers, because the goldfinches love the seeds. They come back every year and I get to watch them from my kitchen window. We’ve even had purple finches visit a few times over the years. Also, purple coneflower will self-seed and grow new plants all on their own.

I encourage you to find your area’s local native perennials by contacting the local agriculture extension office (this is the one for my area), or do a quick search on the internet. Perennials are naturally more disease-resistant and drought resistant because they are adapted to the environment already. Not only will your flower garden be absolutely beautiful, but you will be helping to save the bees!


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