Native Bumblebee Habitat Mix

This native wildflower mix contains a variety of native plants specially selected to create an attractive habitat for native Bumblebees like the endangered Rusty Patch Bumblebee. The flowering forbs are known to be among their favorite pollen sources. The grasses will help to provide the Bumblebees with shelter as native Bumblebees will nest in tiny tunnels around bunch grasses. Their nests are so small and innocuous that seeing them is quite rare.

Unlike the non-native Honeybee, native Bumblebees are among the most docile bees. It is extremely rare for them to sting. They are also one of the most effective pollinators. Due to their large size, they have very large wing muscles that buzz which creates a vibrating effect that helps to dislodge pollen grains from flowers in ways that other bees cannot. This process is called Buzz Pollination. Finally, let’s not forget that they are also among the most adorable insects, too!

You will have the most success growing this mix within the USDA cold hardiness zones 4-8. Most species will perform great in zone 3 too, but some species may be sensitive in winter temperatures below -30°F.

The species in this mix are all native plants that qualify for the Lawns to Legumes program making it a great choice for Bumblebee conservation in your own backyard! The Lawns to Legumes program is a cost sharing grant program for residents of Minnesota to replace part of their lawns with native bee attracting plants. For additional information on this program and to apply for a grant, click here.

Rate per Acre: 5-7 lbs

Rate per 1,000 sq. ft.:  4 oz


% Composition Common Name Scientific Name
3.33% Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum
3.00% Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca
15.00% Sideoats Grama Bouteloua curtipendula
21.35% Partridge Pea Chamaescrista fasciculata
15.66% White Prairie Clover Dalea candida
6.00% Purple Prairie Clover Dalea purpurea
2.99% Narrow-leaved Coneflower Echinacea angustifolia
5.33% Virginia Wild Rye Elymus virginicus
2.33% Joe Pye Weed Eutrochium maculatum
1.00% Wild Lupine Lupinus perennis
4.33% Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa
3.00% Foxglove Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis
4.00% Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
7.00% Little Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium
1.00% Gray Goldenrod Solidago nemoralis
2.35% Rough Dropseed Sporobolus compositus
2.33% New England Aster Symphyotrichum novae-angliae



Our wildflower mixtures contain 10-20 species providing natural beauty and pollinator habitat all season long. Plant into weed-free soil in spring, early summer or late fall. Weeds are inevitable during establishment; pull or mow weeds before they go to seed or become too competitive with the flowers.