Best Pollinator Annuals

Best Pollinator Perennials

Pollinator Series Shrubs

Zoo's Best Annuals

Zoo's Best Perennials

Zoo's Best Shrubs

What are pollinators?
  • Pollinators include butterflies, moths, honeybees, native bees, and many different types of flies, wasps, and even beetles.
  • Some pollinators sting, but most do not. Even among the bees and wasps that can sting, they are not interested in stinging people when they are feeding. Stings almost always occur when people accidentally grab or step on a bee or wasp, or are threatening a nest.
Make your yard a thriving oasis for pollinators!
  • Include Zoo’s Best Pollinator plants in your garden to provide food and habitat!
  • Limit use of pesticides. Only spray when necessary, seek expert advice, and follow label instructions exactly when or if you do.
  • Provide sources of water, such as a birdbath or a water feature.

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Pollinators are beneficial!

Thousands of butterflies, native bees, wasps, and other insects ensure pollination of wild plants, which in turn provides fruits and seeds for wildlife and the regeneration of wild ecosystems.  Pollinators are needed for the crops that make up much of our diet.  Many pollinating insects also prey upon pest insects, thereby creating a more balanced and healthier garden and ecosystem.

Your yard is an ecosystem!

Pollinator numbers are falling due to loss of habitat and other pressures. Your yard can provide valuable habitat to help support healthy populations of pollinators.

These plants and many others are part of every Zoo visitor’s experience. Come see us! You can enjoy our World of Insect exhibit and learn more about these fascinating animals.

For more information about the Zoo’s Best Plants For Pollinators Program, contact us at: [email protected]

Click here to read more about the importance of gardening with pollinator friendly plants in an article featuring the Cincinnati Zoo from Garden Center Magazine.