Bee lawns

Asked April 12, 2020, 9:53 PM EDT

To my understanding, clover only attracts honey bees which are not native and not endangered. Is that correct?

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

As far as I am aware, only the rusty-patch bumble bee is endangered. But the habitat for other native bees has certainly been reduced. I believe you are correct that clover is best suited to non-native honeybees. However, there are still a good reasons to plant clover. Honeybees are important pollinators of food crops.

That said, if attracting native bees is your goal, there are many native plants that would serve the purpose (although they might not also double as a lawn, as clover would do). Check out lists here:
http://cues.cfans.umn.edu/old/pollinators/plants.html