Pollinator/bird friendly plants for the Finger Lakes

Basic Finger Lakes Native Perennials for Pollinators/Birds

Plant List of some local, native perennials for folks beginning to garden for pollinators and birds around Ithaca. If you have space, there are also many wonderful shrubs & small and large trees. Look these up in the resources below to see how much sun, moisture and what type of soil they need.

Early bloomingGolden Alexanders (Zizia aurea); Cranesbill-Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum);

Mid-season Blooming – Milkweeds: Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) ;  and Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa); Bee Balm (Monarda didyma); Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis); Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutis).

Mid-late season Blooming– Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica); Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia lanciniata)

Late season Blooming– New England Aster (Symphotrichum novae-angliae); Goldenrod spp. e.g. (Solidago flexicaulis or Solidago caesia); Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale).


June 15, 2020