Good Plants & Shrubs For Bees

Red dead-nettle

Red dead-nettle - Lamium purpureum is a herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. It grows to 5–20 cm in height. The leaves have fine hairs, are green at the bottom and purple at the top, flowers are bright reddish-purple. These plants have a long flowering season throughout the year, this allows bees to gather the nectar for food when few other nectar sources are available. It is also a prominent source of pollen for bees in March/April in the UK, when bees need the early pollen as fuel to build up their nests.

It is often found alongside Henbit Dead-nettle (Lamium amplexicaule), which is easily mistaken for it since they both have similar looking leaves and similar bright purple flowers; they can be distinguished by the stalked leaves of Red Dead-nettle on the flower stem, compared to the unstalked leaves of Henbit Dead-nettle. Though superficially similar to species of Urtica (true nettles) in appearance, it is not related and does not sting, hence the name "dead-nettle".


Ground-ivy - Glechoma hederacea, also commonly known as gill-over-the-ground, creeping charlie, alehoof, tunhoof, catsfoot, field balm, run-away-robin. An aromatic, perennial, evergreen creeper of the mint family Lamiaceae. It has numerous medicinal uses, and is used as a salad green in many countries. Glechoma thrives in moist shaded areas, but also tolerates sun very well. It is a common plant in grasslands and wooded areas or wasteland. It also thrives in lawns and around buildings, it can withstand mowing. It spreads failry easily on account of rhizomatous roots which split off to form new plants as such it can form dense mats which can take over areas of lawn, and thus it is sometimes considered an invasive or aggressive weed.

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