Blue Violet

Andrena bee visits blue violet flowers
Blue Violet
2024

Violets: plants for the pollinators

Violets, for all they may seem like a common lawn weed, are an intrinsic part of the food web. These native plants are highly sought after by various small species of bees, butterflies, and flies, which pollinate the flowers, and even birds, which consume the seeds. Much like the relationship between milkweeds and Monarch butterflies, violets are the sole host plant for Fritillary caterpillars. There is even one specialist mining bee, Andrena violae, that in its short lifespan lives solely on the nectar and pollen of violets—no other flower will do.