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Native Bee Garden

There are 1600 different species of bees in California and at least 100 different kinds of bees that occur in this garden!

Unlike honey bees, most native bees live a solitary lifestyle. They are not part of a social hive system and do not make honey! 70 percent are ground nesters and 30 percent live in preexisting cavities such as cracks in logs and walls.

In California, there are approximately 5000 beautiful flowering plant species and many diverse relationships with the incredibly rich assortment of native bee species. Native bees and flowers have evolved together over millions of years to produce these relationships. Every bee species has its own story. Each has a slightly different biology, seasonality, behavior, and host flower preference.

Grow your own native plant garden! The bees are closely tuned in with native plants to help conserve the natural heritage of California.

Link to foxpaws article: Native Bees

Learn more about native bees at:

Botanical Name Common Name Family
Aloysia virgata Incense Bush, Sweet Almond Verbena Verbenaceae
Ambrosia dumosa Burrobush, White Bursage Asteraceae
Asclepias subulata Desert Milkweed, Rush Milkweed Apocynaceae
Bahiopsis parishii Goldeneye Asteraceae
Baileya multiradiata Desert Marigold Asteraceae
Bebbia juncea var. aspera Sweetbush Asteraceae
Brandegea bigelovii Brandegea, Desert Star Vine Cucurbitaceae
Calliandra californica Baja Fairy Duster Fabaceae
Encelia farinosa Brittlebush Asteraceae
Ericameria laricifolia Aguirre Aguirre Turpentine Bush Asteraceae
Glandularia gooddingii (syn. Verbena gooddingii) Goodding’s Verbena Verbenaceae
Gossypium harknessii San Marcos Hibiscus Malvaceae
Hyptis emoryi Desert Lavender Lamiaceae
Larrea tridentata Creosote Bush Zygophyllaceae
Lycium andersonii Desert Wolfberry, Anderson’s Wolfberry Solanaceae
Nicotiana obtusifolia Desert Tobacco Solanaceae
Nolina matapensis Sonoran Tree Beargrass Asparagaceae
Opuntia basilaris Beavertail Cactus Cactaceae
Palafoxia arida var. arida (syn. Palafoxia linearis) Spanish Needle Asteraceae
Parkinsonia florida Blue Palo Verde Fabaceae
Penstemon bicolor Pinto Beardtongue Plantaginaceae
Penstemon eximius Baja Beardtongue Plantaginaceae
Penstemon parryi Parry’s Penstemon Plantaginaceae
Petalonyx thurberi Sandpaper Plant Loasaceae
Psorothamnus schottii Indigo Bush Fabaceae
Psorothamnus spinosus Smoke Tree Fabaceae
Salvia apiana White Sage Lamiaceae
Salvia californica California Sage Lamiaceae
Salvia eremostachya Santa Rosa Sage Lamiaceae
Salvia greggii Autumn Sage Lamiaceae
Salvia pentstemonoides Big Red Sage, Penstemon Sage Lamiaceae
Vitex agnus-castus Chaste Tree Verbenaceae
Xylorhiza cognata Mecca Aster Asteraceae
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