Flowering Plants That Do Not Attract Bees


Most kinds of bees are extremely beneficial to gardens because they help pollinate flowers. Unfortunately, some people are allergic to bees. The good news is that not all flowering plants attract bees, because bee-resistant flowers often have lower concentrations of the pollen that bees crave, or they are shaped in a manner that makes it difficult for bees to access the pollen.


  • According to polinatorparadise.com, this popular garden flower has low pollen and does not attract many bees for that reason. Most marigolds are also double flowers, which makes it more difficult for bees to get to the pollen, and they also produce a strong odor that bees tend to avoid. Marigold plants grow spongy bright orange, yellow and red flowers and reach heights between 2 to 5 feet. These plants prefer warm, sunny spots and light, well-drained soils. Gardeners often use marigolds as border and background plants in large flowerbeds.


  • Roses generally do not attract bees because most are double flowers that bees can’t navigate as well. Red roses are particularly unappealing to bees, according to Naturehills.com, which states “it is said that bees like red the least.” These perennial shrubs are some of the most commonly cultivated garden plants in North America and are sold by florists around the world. Roses grow best in mild, temperate climates, though certain cultivars also do well in sub-tropical and tropical climates. They generally give off a sweet scent, though many varieties today were bred specifically to have large, colorful blossoms with little or no scent.


  • Chrysanthemums, commonly known as “mums,” are double flowers that don’t attract bees to your garden due to their shape and low pollen levels. These flowering plants come in a wide range of colors, including white, cream, maroon, yellow, red, orange and pink. They need a sunny location with well-drained soil and should be protected in the winter because they don’t survive frost. Space your mums between 18 and 24 inches apart for best results and be sure to water them regularly during the summer if you live in a dry climate.

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