The IR-4 Project at Rutgers University recently launched a Plant Search page on the organization’s Protecting Bees website. Visitors can search for pollinator-attractive plants by zip code, bloom period, sun/light requirements, and/or pollinator attractiveness. Once the search is complete, users can download a printable list of select plants, compare pollinator information (limit of five plants), or get detailed information about the attractiveness data and links to the data sources.
“The plant search tool is a necessary resource for anyone with an interest in protecting pollinators and growing plants,” says Cristi Palmer, IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program Manager. “Planting pollinator-attractive plants provides insects and animals with essential resources, while helping plants survive and flourish.”
All pollinator-attractiveness information on Protecting Bees comes from reputable scientific studies or publications, Palmer says.
“New plants and pollinator information are constantly being added, so be sure to search Protecting Bees for attractive plants when planning for your next planting or when guiding others about pollinator beneficial gardens.”