Did you know that some flowers don’t attract bees? Believe it or not, your summer is much more enjoyable without these busy bees buzzing around your garden.
Oftentimes, these bees flock to fragrant or yellow flowers to get nectar and pollen. They usually ignore long and narrow blossoms. Since their tongues are short, they cannot touch the nectar. Do you want to know what these flowers are? Take a look at the list of floral species that these buzzing insects don’t find attractive!
Its long- throated blooms don’t appeal to bees. With that, hummingbirds pollinate them since they are capable of reaching the long throat through their beaks. This flower typically opens up on long and spiky stems. You can also see them in different shades of cream, red, white, and magenta.
Have you seen a flat and trumpet-like shape flower in your garden? This is known as Datura, a night-blooming plant which is being pollinated by different nocturnal insects like moth or sphinx. Most of the time, these nocturnal insects are mistaken as hummingbird because they create ‘buzz’ or ‘whiz’ sounds and roam around when they feed.
You can plant this near your patio where moth activity and fragrance could be enjoyed during warm summer nights.
Rose, the most prominent romantic flower to express affection, is a great addition to anyone’s garden. Although you need to put extra effort in taking care of it, still its lovely blossom is worth the trouble. Bees are not fond of roses, especially red roses because they can’t see the color red. Thus, it draws fewer.
There’s a specific variety named as beardtongue that drives away bees. Its flower has a long and narrow bell-shaped corolla, which perfectly suits your meticulous taste. Hummingbirds love to pollinate this red flower because of its shape. It is abundant in Western North America.
Otherwise known as ‘mums,’ chrysanthemums have double corolla that keeps bees away from the flower. It is another type of flowers that don’t attract bees. This flower needs well-drained soil and sunny spot. It is also available in different hue such as yellow, red, maroon, pink, white, and cream.
Moreover, they don’t thrive well under cold temperature. You have to safeguard them when the temperature starts to drop. Aside from that, these shrubs do have a low amount of pollen.
If you are looking for flowers which are natural bee deterrents, red starflower is your best-answered prayer. This perennial plant can grow up to three feet. You don’t need to worry anymore about your kids who are allergic to bee stings ‘coz they will effortlessly make these insects pass them over due to its fragrance. It is an indigenous plant in Australia.
Another flower that doesn’t attract bees is a geranium. Also, it only gives little to none pollen. Varying from ivy geranium trailing annuals to hardy geranium perennial, this flower makes pollination difficult not only for plant insects but as well as for botanist. It is an ideal add-on for every gardener out there who are looking for flowers that don’t attract bees since it is so easy to care.
8. Red Dianthus
Some people call it Sweet Williams. You won’t ever see bees come near this flower particularly those with red shades. With this red-colored flower, the ultraviolet sun rays are being absorbed by its color. Hence, this is less appealing than yellow, white, or other bright-colored blooms which reflect with ultraviolet rays.
This is annual or short-lived perennial flowers that don’t attract bees. It also looks like a daisy, but it is not. Most bees avoid this flower due to the aromatic oil on its foliage. They can’t stand the smell. Growing this one around your patio will surely deter the bees from coming because of its fragrance.
The orange and yellow bloom of this blossom compliments perfectly with its green foliage. Marigold has no fragrance at all. Apart from that, it has a low amount of pollen to which simply implies why it belongs on the list of flowers that don’t attract bees.
Though you can’t find the smell emitted by the flower too strong, it is still unacceptable for the working bees. These plants thrive well in sunny, warm places. They need fertilizer and well-drained soil, too. This can grow from two to five feet in height.
The Bottom Line
Planting flowers is an excellent way to improve the aesthetic of your yard. And yet with any garden addition, there’s always an army of insects ready to invade and destroy your happiness. Worse, it can also pose a threat to your kids. However, with this rundown of flowers that don’t attract bees, you can be confident that you can keep a bee-free garden. Through a little research and the perfect soil type, you could create a lovely landscape you’ve been dreaming of without honeybees buzzing around!
Thank you for reading, and hopefully, you’ve found this article helpful. So, wait no further, and start planting these flowers in your garden now!
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I disagree with that list – They may not attract honey bees but will be good for native bees. Many flowers are specialised to specific pollinators (or groups of pollinators). Foxgloves target long tongued species of bumblebees, although some shorter tongued bees will bite a hole in the flower to get at the nectar bypssing the pollen etc. A good selection of flowers in the garden should be diverse to attract different species, and especially native wild bees.
Thanks for your sharing!
I love my bees and do recording so I look at them a lot, along with hoverflies
Wow! It’s great to know that you are very interested in bees that you even do a recording of them! I bet you’re having fun!
What are a few perennials that do NOT attract bees?
I found hostas and astilbes.
The plan is to plant them around the patio and pool. We have a family member who is allergic…
You might find this interesting. This is a garden bumble (bombus hortorum) It is a long tongued bee. Only long tongued bees can feed on nectar of beans on the whole (unless they are very small species of bee that can crawl right inside, or they bite a hole in the back – but then the flower doesn’t get pollinated and you get no beans)
Yes, I am really finding this topic very interesting, Nicola! I, in fact, searched that species of bee on Google. It’s a waste, though, that these bees do not help flowers pollinate. Nevertheless, they are beneficial in the garden at some point.
I agree with Nicola. My marigolds have attracted both bumble bees and honey bees.
Interestingly ……. Roses DO attract bees ….. I have many roses in my garden and the single flowers especially attract many bees
I’m sorry to hear that, Ina. In that case, I can conclude that we have different experience with roses. It is, perhaps, because of the species of roses that we use. Or, maybe, because of some external factors that make the roses attract bees and other insects.
Self raising flower.
Yes, Darren. What about self-raising flowers?
We let a cauliflower go to seed and the bees loved it. It was like Disneyland for them
Yes, Shannon. That is because some species of cauliflower attract bees. It seems that cauliflower seeds attract bees more than their fruits do.
Hello, Fred! It’s not included on my list, but I researched and some species of cauliflower actually attract bees.
Foxgloves evolved their shape to accommodate bees for pollination. Is it April 1st?
In common with a lot of articles I believe this is referring to honey bees who usually get more credit than they are due – most pollinators are not honey bees 🙂 Foxgloves co evolved with long tongued species of bumblebees.
I understand, Nicola. Not all species of honey bees are flower pollinators.
Hello, Dan. The long-shaped blooms of Foxgloves do not appeal to bees. They evolve and develop their mature shape with the help of hummingbirds, which have long, thin beaks that can reach through the long throat of Foxgloves.
PPL should be doin all they can to attract bees, they are the top pollinators.We do not realize long term domino consequences when we endanger and destroy even one part of the ecosystem.
That’s actually right, Beth. Bees are part of nature and letting them go endangered will have a long term effect on our ecosystem.
Just so you know, I have no bad will against bees. They are very important. BUT, this article is great for someone who’s mother will almost definitely die if she get stung! This article is great for this reason!!
#9 is not feverfew it is chamomile. Feverfew is stockier & the flowers are smaller.
Already changed the picture of Feverfew. Thank you 🙂
The picture you have of marigold is no marigold I’ve ever seen. I’m 99.99% sure the flower in the picture for #10 is calendula. It’s not related to marigolds and it attracts bees so you might want to switch the photo out…
Thank you for all the replies and the article. I have a fear of bees and wasps. I know I cannot stop them from coming around me completely but there are too many around my home that I can’t enjoy my yard without being attacked. I love the outdoors and flowers but never planted any due to bees but hopefully this will help me. Thank You!