Alabama and Georgia
Native Plants that you can grow to attract pollinators in Illinios include:
White wild indigo
Eastern smooth penstemon
Joe Pye weed
Marsh blazing star
Narrowleaf mountain mint
New Jersey tea
ButtonbushPurple passionflower, maypop
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Protect Pollinators from Insecticides
Although dependent on timing, rate, and method of application, all insecticides have the potential to poison or kill pollinators. Systemic insecticides in particular have received significant attention for their potential role in pollinator declines (imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam are examples of systemic insecticides now found in various farm and garden products). Because plants absorb systemic insecticides as they grow, the chemicals become distributed throughout plant tissues and are sometimes present in pollen and nectar. You can help protect pollinators by avoiding the use of these and other insecticides. Before purchasing plants from nurseries and garden centers, be sure to ask whether they have been treated with insecticides. To read more about threats to pollinators from pesticides, please visit: www.xerces.org/pesticides.