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Native Flowers for Native Pollinators | Northern California Regional Report

Support your native pollinators all season long with these show-stopping selections

California poppy. Photo: Fionuala Campion

The relationship between pollinators and plants is an important one. Almost 80% of the world’s crop plants (grown for both food and fuel production) require pollination, as do most of the planet’s trees, vines, shrubs, and wildflowers. The survival of our planet’s ecosystems depends on pollinators. With pollinators being negatively impacted by widespread habitat loss and the increasing use of pesticides, it is critical that we help support these vital creatures and revitalize native pollinator populations. Providing a nectar and pollen-rich pesticide-free sanctuary of native plants is one of the most significant and rewarding actions you can take to assist the recovery and survival of these remarkable creatures.

California is home to over 1,600 species of native bees and at least 200 species of butterflies, not to mention countless native wasps, flies, moths, and beeflies. Native bees such as mason bees and bumblebees are 200 times more efficient…

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