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Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects


Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) -

Blue flowers on plants 6 - 10 " tall; blooms March - May. Attracts parasitoid wasps and pirate bugs.

Bishop's Weed (Aegopodium podagraria) -

Low growing, 6" tall plant similar to Queen Anne's lace; blooms April - October. Attracts parasitoid wasps, pirate bugs, and syrphid flies.

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) -

Small white flowers on fine-textured, 12 - 15 " plant; blooms May - June. Attracts parasitoid wasps and pirate bugs.

Corn Cockle (Agrostemma) -

Wispy, 2 - 3 ft. plants with pink cuplike flowers; blooms Nov. - April where winters are mild, May - Aug. elsewhere. Attracts parasitoid wasps and ladybugs.

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) -

White works best; 1 - 4 ft. fernlike foliage; blooms April - Nov. Attracts ladybugs and lacewings.

Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) -

Tiny, white to purple flowers on 6 - 8 " plants; blooms all year in mild winter areas. Attracts parasitoid wasps, lacewings and pirate bugs.

Tidytips (Layia platyglossa) -

Yellow and white flowers on plants 5 - 16 " tall; blooms March - Aug. Attracts parasitoid wasps and pirate bugs.


Buckwheat (Eriogonum) -

Yellow, white, pink and rose flowers on 1 - 4 ft. plants; blooms May - Oct. or later. Attracts pirate bugs.

Common Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) -

Soft, fernlike foliage and yellow, flat flowers on 3 - 5 ft. plants; blooms April - Nov. Attracts ladybugs, lacewings, paper wasps and soldier bugs.

Coreopsis (Coreopsis sp.) -

Yellow, orange and maroon flowers on 1 - 3 ft. plants; blooms May - Sept. Attracts parasitoid wasps, ladybugs and lacewings.

Crown Pink (Lychnis coronaria) -

Soft, gray foliage on 2 ft. plants; magenta, pink and white flowers; blooms April - Aug. Attracts parasitoid wasps.

Rue (Ruta graveolens) -

Blue-gray foliage and small yellow flowers on 2 - 3 ft. plants; blooms in early Summer. Attracts parasitoid wasps and potter wasps.

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) -

Yellow flowers and fernlike foliage on 2 - 3 ft. plants; blooms Jun - July. Attracts parasitoid wasps, ladybugs, lacewings and pirate bugs.

Yarrow (Achillea) -

Pink, yellow, red , lavender and white flowers on plants from few inches to 3 feet tall; blooms April - Sept. Attracts parasitoid wasps, ladybugs, damsel bugs and big-eyed bugs.


Last edited: 11/06/99 11:29 PM



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