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 1
Aster Aster spp Most after frost 1
Basswood Tilia spp May to July 1
Blueberry (lowbush, high bush) Vaccinium spp May highbush, lowbush
Bluevine Gonolobus laevis
Buckbrush Symporicarpos spp
Buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum June-July 1
Clover, Alsike Trifolium hybridum 1
Clover, Crimson Trifolium incanatum 1
Clover, Red Trifolium pratense 1
Clover, sweetclover Meliotus spp 1
Clover, white Trifolium repens 1
Corn Zea mays June-July 1
Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon 1
Cucurbits: Cantaloup Cucumis melo 1
Cucurbits: Cucumber Cucumis spp 1
Cucurbits :Gourds Cucurbita spp 1
Cucurbits: Melon Citrullus spp 1
Cucurbits: Pumpkin Cucurbita spp 1
Cucurbits: Squash Cucurbita spp 1
Dandelion Taraxacum spp 1
Elm Ulmus spp 1
Fireweed Epilobium angustifolium 1
Fruit: Apple Malus spp 1
Fruit: Apricot Prunus spp 1
Fruit: Cherry Prunus spp 1
Fruit: Peach Prunus spp 1
Fruit: Pear Pyrus spp 1
Fruit: Plum Prunus spp 1
Goldenrod Solidago spp 1
Grape Vitis spp 1
Locus: Black Robinia pseudo-acacia 1
Loosestrife, Purple Lythrum spp 1
Maple Acer spp 1
Milkweed Asclepias spp swamp
Mint, Mountain Pycnanthemum ? 1
Mint, Spear 1
Mustard Brassica spp 1
Oak Quercus spp 1
Ragweed Ambrosia spp 1
Rasberry Rubus spp 1
Sourwood Oxydendrum arboreum 1
Soybean Glycine max 1
Spanish-needles Bidens bipinnata 1
Sumac Rhus spp 1
Sunflower Helianthus spp 1
Thistle, Canadian Cirsium arvense
Thistle, Star Centaurea spp 1
Willow Salix spp 1
Yellow-rocket Barbara vulgaris 1


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://cyberbee.msu.edu/column/plants.shtml

2 thoughts on “Michigan Honey Plants

  1. Thomas Herrixk

    Are there any plans recommended for the city? I live in Royal Oak and don’t have alot of land, but would love to plant what I can to provide bees with nutients.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *