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12 Montana Pollinator Flowers

Goal: To increase the use of

Montana Pollinator Plants and Flowers

Why Garden with Montana Pollinator Flowers?

     Montana pollinator plants are adapted to local climate, soil, and insect conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals. Unlike natives, common horticultural plants do not provide energetic rewards for their visitors and often require insect pest control to survive.

Native plants are advantageous:

  • Native plants may require some use of fertilizers.

  • Native plants require less water than lawns.

  • Native plants help prevent erosion.
    The deep root systems of many native Montana plants increase the soil's capacity to store water.

  • Native plants can significantly reduce water runoff. 

  • Native plant landscapes do not require mowing.

  • Native plants remove carbon from the air.

  • Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife: insects, pollen, plant material for insect food, caterpillars for baby and adult birds, pollen for native and wild bees.

  • Native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of Montana land's heritage.

  • Native plants increase scenic beauty!