Karl Foord, Extension Educator - Horticulture
One of the keys to have a great pollinator garden is to have different types of flowers available for the pollinators at different times of the year. Two early flowering favorites of mine are Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) and Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis).
Golden Alexander's flowers are shallow and easily accessed by small bees with short tongues such as the Mining Bees (Andrenid spp.) shown in photos 1 - 3.
Blue False Indigo flowers are much more difficult to access by small bees but are easily accessed and preferred by bumble bees. The bee in photos 4 - 6 is a Brown-belted Bumble Bee queen (Bombus griseocollis).