What are pollinator plants?

Pollinator plants are those plants that pollinators can either gather pollen or nectar from, lay their eggs on, use as a larval food source, or live on. Pollinators have evolved with the plants in their native range, and therefore most native pollinators use specific species of plants. Although they might use a different species (like an introduced European apple tree), their health and long-term survival is impacted if they cannot find enough of their associated native plant species.

Below are some helpful resources for understanding what pollinator "friendly" plants are, and why it is so important we plant these plants in our home and public gardens. See below for the Xerces Pollinator Plant List specific to Santa Fe.