Nectar Sources by Region for the Southwest

Common Name

Scientific Name

Aloe vera

Aloe barbadensis

Arizona honeysuckle

Lonicera arizonica

Beauty bush

Kolkwitzia amabilis

Belize sage

Salvia miniata

Bishop's hat

Epimedium gradiflorum

Bladderpod

Isomeris arborea

Bleeding heart

Clerodendrum thompsoniae

Blue gum

Eucalyptus globulus

Bottlebrush

Melaleuca spp.

Bottlebrush

Callistemon spp.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea spp.

Brazilian plume

Justicia carnea

Bull thistle

Cirsium vulgare

Bush snapdragon

Galvezia speciosa

Cactus

Cochemiea setispina

California fuchsia

Zauschneria (Epilobium) calfornica

California lilac, Buckbrush

Ceanothus fenfleri

Camellia, Sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua

Cape honeysuckle

Tecomaria capensis

Chilean glory flower

Eccremocarpus scaber

Columnea

Columnea spp.

Coral-bean, Coral tree

Erythrina spp.

Double-bubble mint

Agastache cana

Fairy duster

Calliandra eriophylla

Firebush

Hamelia patens

Firecraker vine

Manettia cordifolia

Firespike

Odontonema strictum

Flowering cherry

Prunus autumnalis

Foxglove

Digitalis spp.

Fushsia

Fushsia lyciodes, F. magellanica

Golden banner

Thermopsis divaricata

Golden shrimp plane, Golden candle

Pachystachys lutea

Gregg sage

Salvia greggii

Hackberry beardtongue

Penstemon subulatus

Harvard penstemon

Penstemon harvardii

Hosta, Plantain lily

Hosta spp.

Jewelweed, touch-me-not

Impatiens capensis (biflora), pallida

Lantana

Lantana spp.

Larkspur

Delphinium spp.

Macaw flower

Heliconia bihai

Mexican abelia

Abelia grandiflora

Mexican buckeye

Ungnadia speciosa

Mexican bush sage

Salvia leucantha

Mexican flame vine

Senecio confusus

Moss locust, Rose acacia

Robinia hispida

Mountain lilac

Ceanothus arboreus

Necklace pod, Silverbush

Sophora tomentosa

Net bush

Calothamnus spp.

Orchid tree

Bauhinia spp.

Oregon grape

Mahonia aquiflorum

Pagoda plant, Glory-bower

Clerodendrum speciosissimum

Palmer's penstemon

Penstemon palmeri

Peach ginger

Hedychium coccineum

Pineleaf penstemon

Penstemon pinifolius

Pitcher sage

Salvia spathacea

Red Horse chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum x carnea

Red ironbark

Eucalyptus sideroxylon

Red yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora

Red-flowering gum

Eucalyptus ficifolia

Red-spotted gum

Eucalyptus mannifera

Sarlet runner bean

Phaseolus coccineus

Scarlet bouvardia

Bouvardia ternifolia

Scarlet hedge nettle

Stacys coccinea

Scarlet sage

Salvia splendens

Spotted gum

Eucalyptus maculata

Standing cypress

Ipomopsis rubra

Star hibiscus, Texas star

Hibiscus coccineus

Sugar bush, Honey flower

Protea mellifera

Sultan's turban hibiscus

Malvaviscus arboreus

Sweet pea shrub

Polygala dalmaisiana

Texas madrone

Arbutus xalapensis

Trailing black currant

Ribes laxiflorum

Tree mallow

Lavatera assurgentiflora

Tropical hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Violet churur

Iochroma cyaneum

Wandflower

Dierama gracile (D. pendulum, D. pulcherrimum)

White-flowered currant

Ribes indecorum

Winter jasmine

Jasminum nudiflorum

Yellow box

Eucalyptus melliodora

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