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Planting to attract native bees

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

Would you like to make a valuable contribution to the environment?

Did you know that by simply planting a variety of bee friendly plants you could be doing your bit to help the bee population?

Native Bees
Why are native bee populations under threat?
  • Destruction of their natural habitat

  • Increased flowerless landscapes resulting from urbanisation

  • Pesticide use

Why are our native bees important?
  • Biodiversity

  • Pollinating our native plant species

  • They have been shown to be effective pollinators of many agricultural crop species.

  • Their role in agriculture could become critical if the varroa mite enters Australia where it is predicted to decimate honey bee populations.


There is a number of plants that not only have a long flowering period, they have the bonus of attracting native bees. Providing a pollen feast for our native bees to enjoy. Our native bees like to have a mix of both native flowers and exotic flowers to enjoy their pollen.

Your bee friendly garden should have a good mix of natives and exotics in various flower shapes and sizes to cater for the various sizes of native bees. Here is a list of the 10 most popular to get you started.

  • Cut leaf daisy

  • Lavender

  • Flowering Gum

  • Pincushion Hakea

  • Tea Tree Leptospermum

  • Purple Coral Pea

  • Grevillea Pink Surprise

  • Sale Salvia

  • Native Rosemary

  • Bottlebrush Callisteon

If you are looking to add bee friendly plants to your garden - contact the team at Branching Out Co.

Are you curious about which native bees are in your area - Aussie Bee

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