Nectar Sources by Region for the East & Midwest

Common Name

Scientific Name

Australian bottle tree

Brachychiton bidwillii

Beloved Agapetes

Agapetes serpens

Bottlebrush

Callistemon spp.

Bugleweed

Lycopus americanus

Bush snapdragon

Galvezia speciosa

Cactus

Cochemiea setispina

California lilac, Buckbrush

Ceanothus fenfleri

Camellia, Sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua

Candelilla

Pedilanthus macrocarpus

Canna

Canna spp.

Cardinal's guard

Pachystachys coccinea

Chain-link cactus

Opuntia imbricata

Chaparral currant

Ribes malvaceum

Chaparral honeysuckle

Lonicera interrupta

Chilean jasmine

Mandevilla laxa

Chinese plumbago

Ceratostigma willmottianum

Chuparosa

Justicia californica

Columnea

Columnea spp.

Coral bells

Heuchera sanguinea

Coralbush

Templetonia retusa

Eggleaf beardtongue

Penstemon ovatus

Esperanza (yellow bells)

Tecoma stans

Flaming Katy kalanchoe

Kalanchoe sp.

Flowering quince

Chaenomeles speciosa, C. japonica

French honeysuckle

Hedysarum coronarium

Glossy abelia

Abelia floribunda

Golden banner

Thermopsis divaricata

Gummy gooseberry

Ribes lobbii

Harvard penstemon

Penstemon harvardii

Himalaya berry

Robinia procerus

Holiday cactus

Schlumbergera spp.

Honey flower

Lambertia formosa

Hosta, Plantain lily

Hosta spp.

Impatiens, Patient Lucy, Busy Lizzy

Impatiens wallerana

Jewelweed, touch-me-not

Impatiens capensis (biflora), pallida

Jubilee, South African heather, Heather

Erica mammosa

Kangaroo paw

Anigozanthos sp.

Lantana

Lantana spp.

Lehmann's gum

Eucalyptus lebmannii

Lemmon's sage

Salvia lemmoni

Mexican abelia

Abelia grandiflora

Mexican honeysuckle, hummingbird bush

Justicia spicigera

Mountain pride

Penstemon newberryi

Necklace pod, Silverbush

Sophora tomentosa

Net bush

Calothamnus spp.

Pentas

Pentas lanceolata

Pineapple sage

Salvia elegans

Pineleaf penstemon

Penstemon pinifolius

Pitcher sage

Salvia spathacea

Pride of Maderia

Echium

Raspberry

Rubus spp.

Red Horse chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum x carnea

Red ironbark

Eucalyptus sideroxylon

Rhododendron, Azelea

Rhododendron spp.

Shrimp plant

Justicia brandegeana

Snapdragon

Antirrhinum majus

Sugar bush, Honey flower

Protea mellifera

Sugar gum

Eucalyptus cladocalyx

Superb penstemon

Penstemon superbus

Sweet pea shrub

Polygala dalmaisiana

Texas madrone

Arbutus xalapensis

Trinidad flame bush, Mexican flame bush

Calliandra tweedii

Wandflower

Dierama gracile (D. pendulum, D. pulcherrimum)

Wax currant

Ribes cereum

Weeping bottlebrush

Callistemon viminalis

Western hound's tongue

Cynoglossum grande

Wolfberry

Lycium spp.

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