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A is for An Alphabet for Pollinators – A List of Plants Attracting Creatures

Aquilegia canadensis

Native purple columbine, Aquilegia canadensis

I begin my Alphabet  for Pollinatores with A is for Aquilegia canadensis, or columbine as it is commonly known.

Hummingbirds are attracted to Aquilegia . They can hover while they sip nectar from the flowers. This columbine was in my Heath garden, but it is the native red columbine that really attracts hummingbirds and other birds including

Of course there are other A plants that attract pollinators:

Alyssum is a low-growing annual with flowers that can attract pollinators all summer.

Anise hyssop or Agastache foeniculum, is a tall late summer blooming plant attracting all manner of pollinators.

Alchemilla mollis or Lady’s Mantle is a beautiful ground cover that is known for the drops of rain that are captured on its scalloped leaves. Those drops provide water for butterflies.  We have to remember that pollinators need pollen, but they also need water..
Lady's Mantle

Lady’s Mantle, properly named Alchemilla mollis  Note the many captured raindrops.

Pollinator Friendly Gardening by Rhonda Fleming Hayes is just one book  that will help you know which plants will support pollinators in their every need.