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Native pollinators are a vital part of their surrounding environment. They make the important connection between pollen and flowers. Attracting and protecting native pollinators is a way that we can support this relationship and support our ecosystems. The best way to attract native pollinators is to include native plants into your landscape. This tour will showcase some pollinator-friendly native plants to inspire your home landscape.

Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant)

purple flowers, attract butterflies and moths

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Oenothera cespitosa (Tufted Evening Primrose)

white flowers, attracts hawkmoths

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Western Panoramas (Garden Features)audio

look for pollinators in these beds that highlight the distinct ecosystems of Colorado with many native plant species

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Liatris punctata (Blazing Star)

purple-pink flowers, attract butterflies and moths

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Monarda fistulosa (Beebalm)

pink, white and red flowers, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

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Ipomopsis aggregata (Scarlet Gilia)

orange to scarlet color flowers, attracts hummingbirds

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Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)

purpea flowers, attracts native bees

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Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

orange flowers, attracts butterflies

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Symphyotrichum laeve 'Bluebird' (Smooth Aster)

blue flowers, attracts native bees

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Yucca glauca (Soapweed)

attracts moths

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Sacred Earth (Garden Features)audio

look for native pollinators as you walk though this historic garden that includes plants native to the Colorado Plateau

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Penstemon barbatus (Scarlet Bugler)

reddish orange flowers, attracts hummingbirds

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Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia (Wild Bergamot)

lavender-pink flowers, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

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Argemone polyanthemos (Prickly Poppy)

white flowers, attracts native bees

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Birds & Bees Walk (Garden Features)audio

look for native pollinators as you walk through this selection of native and non-native plants

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Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden (Garden Features)

look for native pollinators as you walk through this garden designed to be an example of Denver and the Front Range prior to their development

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