It’s Pollinator Week!

Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It’s a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them and their habitat.

Pollinator species, such as birds, bats, bees, and other insects play a vital role in producing a wide variety of crops grown in the United States, ensuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts supporting a healthy diet. Pollinators are essential for diverse ecosystems across the country. The Aitkin County SWCD promotes wise resource stewardship, including protecting and maintaining pollinators and their habitats!

In celebration of Pollinator Week here are our top 5 Pollinator Plants for bees. Watch for these to be blooming soon!

1). Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa). This beautiful lavender flower smells great!

2). Butterfly Weed (Asclepias incarnata). This orange, sun loving flower is part of the milkweed family.

3). Purple Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). Bees love this flower that is a classic flower garden favorite.

4). Fragrant Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum). If you like the smell of licorice, this flower is for you!

5). Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). This easy to grow flower would be a great addition to a flower bed.

Celebrate Pollinator Week – June 21-27, 2021.

For more information visit http://www.pollinator.org.