This Mother’s Day, Celebrate Your Mother and Mother Earth with Pollinator-Friendly Plants

By Cashen Conroy

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Every May, adults and children alike are tasked with a daunting mission-to somehow thank our mothers for everything they’ve done for us over the years. Classic Mother’s Day traditions include a sentimental card, breakfast in bed, and of course, flowers. This Mother’s Day, take the opportunity to celebrate not only your mother, but also the mother we all share — Mother Earth — by purchasing and/or planting pollinator-friendly flowers.

Mother’s Day comes at a great time of year for planting in much of the country. We strongly encourage planting native flower species, which are already adapted to the soil and climate of the area, and provide a perfect habitat for local pollinators. If purchasing plants from a nursery store, make sure to check that they haven’t been treated with bee-toxic pesticides. More on that here. After planting the flowers, do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers on them.

Here are some helpful suggestions for pollinator-friendly flowers that are native to your region:

Mid-Atlantic
* Lanceleaf coreopsis
* Wild indigio
* Purple coneflower
* Bottle gentian
* New England aster

Northeast
* Wild geranium
* Spiderwort
* Wild golden glow
* New England aster
* Cardinal flower

Southern Plains
* Cream wild indigo
* Prairie penstemon
* Scarlet globemallow
* Blanketflower
* Purple poppy mallow

Happy Mother’s Day, and happy planting from all of us at CFS!

Originally published at https://www.centerforfoodsafety.org.

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