Bee pollen chart
Created On October 5, 2017
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Bee pollen chart
This pollen chart is a work in progress! We believe the data to be relatively accurate but please do your own observations/research as well.
We will continue to add to this chart over time. Some of the data was from an old printout I found from ABC Bees. We have added a lot more notes and species to this list. we have found it difficult to determine pollen colour unless we have the plant to look at ourselves.
An Excel file is available for download at the bottom of the page.
HD = Honeydew
* = Good source
? = Not known
Pollen Colour Flower Colour Name Scientific name Nectar Notes Period of flowering, AB Blue Blue Phacelia tenacetifolia * Late June - Early Oct Brown White Clover, sweet white Melilotus alba Y Non native Late May - Mid October Brown Purple, dark Figwort * ? Late June - Early Oct Brown, dark Red Clover, red Y Trifolium hybridum is non native Late June - Mid Oct Brown, grayish Pink Marjoram Y Late Aug - Late Oct Brown, light White Cherry, sweet/sour/wild Y Late April - Mid June Brown, light Orange, red Honeysuckle * Late July - Early Oct Brown, light White Plums Y Late Apr - Mid June Brown, white Blue Cornflower (Bachelor button) Y Late July - Early Oct Cream, greyish White to pink Bindweed (morning glory) Y Noxious weed Late July - Mid Aug Cream, brownish Green-yellow Yew ? Late Feb - Mid April Green Purple Loosestrife, purple Y Prohibited noxious weed Late June - Mid October Green, light White Crabapple Y Late April - Mid June Green, light Greenish-yellow Currant, red Y Late April - Mid June Green, light Greenish-white Gooseberry ? Late April - Mid June Green, light Greenish-yellow Maple, big leaf, ash leaf * Late March to Mid May Green, yellow Yellow catkins Oak, white HD Late June - Mid October Gray White Bean, lima Y Late June - Mid August Gray White Blackberry Y Late May - Mid July Gray Green Elm N Gray Purple Thistle, Canada * Non native | Invasive Mid July - Mid September Gray, light Greenish, yellow Ash, mountain ? Non native Late May - Mid July Gray, light Blue Borage Borago officinalis Y Non native Late June - Early September Gray, light Blue Chicory Y Late July - Early November Gray, light Purple, blue Knapweed Centaurea spp. (10 Species) Y Prohibited noxious Late July - Early November Gray, light White Raspberries Rubus spp. (idaeus ?) Y Native Late May - Mid July Gray, yellowish Green catkins Alder, mountain Alnus tenuifolia N Late March - Mid June Purple, dark Red Poppy, field ? Late June - Mid August Orange Yellow Asparagus Asparagus officinalis Y Non native Late June - Mid August Orange Blue/purple Crocus Anemone patens Y Native Late March - Late May Orange Yellow Dandelion Taraxacum spp. Y Non native Late April - Mid July Orange White Snowdrop Galanthus spp. ? Non native Late March - Mid May Orange, golden Orange, yellow Poppy, California Eschscholzia california N Non native Late May - Mid September Orange, red Yellow Mullein Verbascum thapsus Y Noxious Late June - Mid September Red Red, cream Chestnut, horse Aesculus hippocastanum Y Non native Late May - Mid July Red Purple, blue Silvery Lupin Lupinus argenteus Y Native Early May - Early July Red Purple Arctic Lupin Lupinus arcticus Y Native Early May - Early July Yellow White, pink, red Apple Malus spp. Y Non native Late April - Mid June Yellow Green catkins Birch Betula papyrifera N Native Mid April - Mid May Yellow Yellow catkins Broccoli, Cauliflower, cabbage Brassica oleacea var. Y Non native Late August - Early September Yellow White Buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum Y Non native Late July - Mid September Yellow White Red Osier Dogwood Cornus stolonifera N Native Late May - Mid August Yellow White Lilac Y Late May - Early July Yellow Cream Plantain N Non native Late April - Early September Yellow Green catkins Trembling Aspen N Mid April - Mid June Yellow Yellow/Brown Sunflower Y Late June - Early October Yellow Gray catkins Willow, pussy Salix discolor Y Native Late February - Mid April Yellow Orange Twining honeysuckle Lonicera glaucescens Native Yellow, dark Creamy white Elder, mountain Y Late June - Mid August Yellow, dark Red, cream Chestnut, sweet Y Late June - Mid August Yellow, dark Yellow catkins Hazelnut N Late February - Mid April White Bunchberry Cornus canadensis Native White Canada Anemone Anemone canadensis Native Tartarian honeysuckle Invasive Yellow Golden bean Thermopsis rhombifolia Native Purple Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium Native Yellow Blanket Flower Gaillardia aristata Native White White Heath Aster Symphyotrichum ericoide Native Purple Cow Vetch Vicia cracca Non native | Invasive Yellow Giant Goldenrod Solidago gigantea Native Purple Smooth Blue Aster Symphyotrichum laeve Native White Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgaris Noxious Purple American Harebell Campanula rotundifolia Native White Yarrow Achillea millefolium Native Yellow Shrubby Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa Y Native | Bees and butterflies Purple Wild bergamot Monardia fistulosa Native White Wild strawberry Fragaria virginiana Y Native Yellow Hairy False Goldenaster Heterotheca villosa Native Yellow and cream Butter and eggs Linaria vulgaris Non native | Invasive Yellow Arnica Arnica cordifolia Native White Smooth camus Zigadenus elegans Native Purple Early blue violet Viola adunca Y Native | Butterfly nectar source Red Red Paintbrush Castilleja miniata Native White/purple Seneca Root Polygala senega Native Blue Blue clematis Clematis certicellis Native Orange Western Wood Lily Lilium philadelphicum Native Pink Alberta Wild Rose Rosa acicularis Native Blue Large flowered stickseed Hakelia floribunda Native White Star-flowered Solomon's Seal Maianthemum stellatum Native Yellow Heart Leaved Alexanders Zizia aptera Blue Alpine forgetmenot Myositis asiatica Native White Serviceberry Y Native Raspberry Blackberry Elderberry Red Bergamot, Bee Balm Monarda didyma Y Hummingbirds Blue Smooth blue beardtongue Penstemon nitidus Native
Last Updated On October 5, 2017