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Michigan Honey Plants

The following is a list of the major Michigan plants that provide nectar or pollen for honey bees.

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

Common Name Latin Name Blooming time Photo Link
Alfalfa Medicago sativa July-August Photo
Aster Aster spp Most after frost Photo
Basswood Tilia spp May to July Photo
Blueberry (lowbush, high bush) Vaccinium spp May highbush, lowbush
Bluevine Gonolobus laevis
Buckbrush Symporicarpos spp
Buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum June-July Photo
Clover, Alsike Trifolium hybridum Photo
Clover, Crimson Trifolium incanatum Photo
Clover, Red Trifolium pratense summer Photo
Clover, sweetclover Meliotus spp June to Sept Photo
Clover, white Trifolium repens all summer Photo
Corn Zea mays July Photo
Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon Photo
Cucurbits: Cantaloup Cucumis melo summer Photo
Cucurbits: Cucumber Cucumis spp Photo
Cucurbits :Gourds Cucurbita spp Photo
Cucurbits: Melon Citrullus spp Photo
Cucurbits: Pumpkin Cucurbita spp Photo
Cucurbits: Squash Cucurbita spp Photo
Dandelion Taraxacum spp March to May Photo
Elm Ulmus spp Photo
Fireweed Epilobium angustifolium Photo
Fruit: Apple Malus spp May, first week Photo
Fruit: Apricot Prunus spp Photo
Fruit: Cherry Prunus spp Slightly before apple Photo
Fruit: Peach Prunus spp May Photo
Fruit: Pear Pyrus spp May, 2nd week Photo
Fruit: Plum Prunus spp May Photo
Goldenrod Solidago spp Sept, Oct Photo
Grape Vitis spp May Photo
Locust: Black Robinia pseudo-acacia June Photo
Loose-strife, Purple Lythrum spp Photo
Maple Acer spp April, May Photo
Milkweed Asclepias spp Summer swamp
Mint, Mountain Pycnanthemum ? Photo
Mint, Spear Photo
Mustard Brassica spp Photo
Oak Quercus spp Photo
Ragweed Ambrosia spp Sept, Oct Photo
Rasberry Rubus spp Summer Photo
Sourwood Oxydendrum arboreum Photo
Soybean Glycine max Photo
Spanish-needles Bidens bipinnata Photo
Sumac Rhus spp June Photo
Sunflower Helianthus spp July Photo
Thistle, Canadian Cirsium arvense
Thistle, Star Centaurea spp late summer Photo
Willow Salix spp April/May Photo
Yellow-rocket Barbara vulgaris Photo

 

Disclaimer: This fact sheet is for information only. Mention of products does not indicate endorsement. Prepared by Zachary Huang, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA. email: bees@msu.edu.

url: http://bees.msu.edu/honey-plants/