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Reader Question: Does lavender attract bees?


Dot from NC writes: Does lavender attract bees of any kind? If so, which ones.

Lavender attracts many bees, and most often the beneficial ones like honeybees, mason bees and bumblebees. From my own garden experiences, I can tell you I have seen both honeybees and bumblebees crawling all over my plants. They love it, and my other flowers and vegetables benefit from their presence and pollination. I really like it too – it’s a pretty visual and the sound is quite pleasing in the early to mid-summer. According to Gardener’s Supply, bees are primarily attracted to blue, purple, or yellow flowers so I’m sure lavender tops their list. Also, long-tongued bees seem most attracted to species within the mint family, and lavender fits that bill, too.

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