Spring is upon us. We have now entered the annual period when the Southern Hemisphere experiences more light than dark each day. As we crawl out of a rather extreme hibernation, we are thinking about our garden and what plants we would like to grow this season.
Not only do butterflies and bees bring joy to your garden, but pollinators are vital to the production of healthy crops for food, medicines, and other products.
Here’s a list of medicinal herbs you can easily grow this spring to attract pollinators in your garden (and enjoy for yourself)!
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
Also known as purple coneflower, echinacea is a notorious favourite of butterflies and bees. Unlike many other flowers that only produce nectar in the morning, echinacea pumps out nectar during the midday and afternoon as well. Therefore this plant might be more useful to pollinators than many other flowers on a hot spring or summer day. Echinacea has also been investigated for its immunomodulating properties, so it is good for you and the whole family!
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yarrow is actually thought to be one of the best pollinator attractors. Plus invasive garden pests don’t seem to really like the scent of yarrow. As long as you’re not pregnant, yarrow may offer several health benefits such as fever reduction. Its astringent properties make it a great herb for soothing skin and reducing swelling in wounds.
Comfrey seems to be another favourite among pollinators. Not only is it good for the bees, but it nourishes the soil when used as a mulch in your garden too. Comfrey is an amazing herb for natural skincare (external use only). When used as a poultice, it can help soft tissue injuries and bone fractures heal more quickly.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
In addition to being a beautiful gentle ally for relaxation and comfort, chamomile flowers are a favourite of beneficial insects in the garden. The flowers can produce a strong, apple-like fragrance that attracts pollinators – and they look pretty too! As another added benefit, chamomile is known to deter mosquitos.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Not just for cats! This bee-friendly plant is known to attract lots of pollinators, and can serve some health benefits for you, too! When smoked or drunk as a tea, catnip produces a mild euphoric effect and many of our customers find it super relaxing.
Bee the change you wish to see in the world!