Plants for Attracting Beneficial Insects

Code: Botanical name, Common name, Bloom time, Zone, lw=lacewings, lb=ladybugs, hf=hover flies, w=parasitic mini-wasps, t=tachinid flies, s=spiders, mpb=minute pirate bugs, db=damsel bugs, bb=big eyed bugs.


Lacewings:

"Achillea filipendulina","Fern-leaf yarrow","Summer through fall",5,"lw, lb, hf, w"

"Anethum graveolens","Dill","Summer","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Angelica gigas","Angelica","Mid to late summer",5,"lw"

"Anthemis tinctoria","Golden marguerite","Spring through fall",6,"lw, lb, hf, w, t"

"Atriplex canescens","Four-wing saltbush","Summer",7,"lw, lb, hf"

"Callirhoe involucrata","Purple poppy mallow","Summer",4,"lw, hf, w"

"Carum Carvi","Caraway","Summer","bi-an","lw, hf, w, s"

"Coriandrum sativum","Coriander","Summer through fall","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Cosmos bipinnatus","Cosmos - white sensation","Summer through fall","annual","lw, hf, w, s"

"Daucus Carota","Queen annes lace","Summer through fall","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Foeniculum vulgare","Fennel","Summer",5,"lw, lb, hf, w, s"

"Helianthus maximilianii","Prairie sunflower","Late summer",4,"lw, lb"

"Tanacetum vulgare","Tansy","Late summer through fall",4,"lw, lb, w, t"

"Taraxacum officinale","Dandelion","Spring and fall",3,"lw, lb"


Ladybugs:

"Achillea filipendulina","Fern-leaf yarrow","Summer through fall",5,"lw, lb, hf, w"

"Achillea millefolium","Common yarrow","Summer through early fall",2,"lb, hf, w"

"Ajuga reptans","Carpet bugleweed","Late spring or early summer",4,"lb, hf"

"Alyssum saxatilis","Basket of Gold","Early spring",3,"lb, hf"

"Anethum graveolens","Dill","Summer","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Anthemis tinctoria","Golden marguerite","Spring through fall",6,"lw, lb, hf, w, t"

"Asclepias tuberosa","Butterfly weed","Summer",4,"lb"

"Atriplex canescens","Four-wing saltbush","Summer",7,"lw, lb, hf"

"Coriandrum sativum","Coriander","Summer through fall","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Daucus Carota","Queen annes lace","Summer through fall","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Fagopyrum esculentum","Buckwheat","Early fall","annual","lb, hf, t"

"Foeniculum vulgare","Fennel","Summer",5,"lw, lb, hf, w, s"

"Helianthus maximilianii","Prairie sunflower","Late summer",4,"lw, lb"

"Penstemon strictus","Rocky mountain penstemon","Late spring through summer",3,"lb, hf"

"Potentilla recta 'warrenii'","Sulfur cinquefoil","summer and early fall",4,"lb, hf, w"

"Potentilla villosa","Alpine cinquefoil","Spring",5,"lb, hf, w"

"Tagetes tenuifolia","Marigold - lemon gem","Summer through fall","annual","lb, hf, w, s"

"Tanacetum vulgare","Tansy","Late summer through fall",4,"lw, lb, w, t"

"Taraxacum officinale","Dandelion","Spring and fall",3,"lw, lb"

"Veronica spicata","Spike speedwell","Summer",3,"lb, hf"

"Vicia villosa","Hairy vetch","Summer through fall",3,"lb"


Hover flies:

"Achillea filipendulina","Fern-leaf yarrow","Summer through fall",5,"lw, lb, hf, w"

"Achillea millefolium","Common yarrow","Summer through early fall",2,"lb, hf, w"

"Ajuga reptans","Carpet bugleweed","Late spring or early summer",4,"lb, hf"

"Allium tanguticum","Lavender globe lily","Summer",4,"hf, w"

"Alyssum saxatilis","Basket of Gold","Early spring",3,"lb, hf"

"Anethum graveolens","Dill","Summer","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Anthemis tinctoria","Golden marguerite","Spring through fall",6,"lw, lb, hf, w, t"

"Aster alpinus","Dwarf alpine aster","Summer",3,"hf"

"Astrantia major","Masterwort","Summer",5,"hf, w"

"Atriplex canescens","Four-wing saltbush","Summer",7,"lw, lb, hf"

"Callirhoe involucrata","Purple poppy mallow","Summer",4,"lw, hf, w"

"Carum Carvi","Caraway","Summer","bi-an","lw, hf, w, s"

"Chrysanthemum parthenium","Feverfew","Summer through early fall",6,"hf"

"Coriandrum sativum","Coriander","Summer through fall","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Cosmos bipinnatus","Cosmos - white sensation","Summer through fall","annual","lw, hf, w, s"

"Daucus Carota","Queen annes lace","Summer through fall","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Fagopyrum esculentum","Buckwheat","Early fall","annual","lb, hf, t"

"Foeniculum vulgare","Fennel","Summer",5,"lw, lb, hf, w, s"

"Lavandula angustifolia","English lavender","Summer",5,"hf"

"Limnanthes douglasii","Poached egg plant","Summer","annual","hf"

"Limonium latifolium","Statice","Summer through fall",5,"hf, w"

"Linaria vulgaris","Butter and eggs","Summer and early fall",4,"hf, w"

"Lobelia erinus","Edging lobelia","Summer","annual","hf, w"

"Lobularia maritima","Sweet alyssum - white","Summer","annual","hf, w"

"Melissa officinalis","Lemon balm","Summer",4,"hf, w, t"

"Mentha pulegium","Pennyroyal","Summer",7,"hf, w, t"

"Mentha spicata","Spearmint","Summer",4,"hf, s"

"Monarda fistulosa","Wild bergamot","Summer",4,"hf"

"Penstemon strictus","Rocky mountain penstemon","Late spring through summer",3,"lb, hf"

"Petroselinum crispum","Parsley","Summer","bi-an","hf, w, t"

"Potentilla recta 'warrenii'","Sulfur cinquefoil","summer and early fall",4,"lb, hf, w"

"Potentilla villosa","Alpine cinquefoil","Spring",5,"lb, hf, w"

"Rudbeckia fulgida","Gloriosa daisy","Late summer through fall",3,"hf"

"Sedum kamtschaticum","Orange stonecrop","Summer",4,"hf, w"

"Sedum spurium & album","Stonecrops","Summer",5,"hf"

"Solidago virgaurea","Peter Pan goldenrod","Late summer thru early fall",5,"hf, mpb"

"Stachys officinalis","Wood betony","Spring/summer",5,"hf"

"Tagetes tenuifolia","Marigold - lemon gem","Summer through fall","annual","lb, hf, w, s"

"Thymus serpyllum coccineus","Crimson thyme","Summer",5,"hf, w, t"

"Veronica spicata","Spike speedwell","Summer",3,"lb, hf"

"Zinnia elegans","Zinnia - liliput","Summer through frost","annual","hf, w"


Parasitic mini-wasps:

"Achillea filipendulina","Fern-leaf yarrow","Summer through fall",5,"lw, lb, hf, w"

"Achillea millefolium","Common yarrow","Summer through early fall",2,"lb, hf, w"

"Allium tanguticum","Lavender globe lily","Summer",4,"hf, w"

"Anethum graveolens","Dill","Summer","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Anthemis tinctoria","Golden marguerite","Spring through fall",6,"lw, lb, hf, w, t"

"Astrantia major","Masterwort","Summer",5,"hf, w"

"Callirhoe involucrata","Purple poppy mallow","Summer",4,"lw, hf, w"

"Carum Carvi","Caraway","Summer","bi-an","lw, hf, w, s"

"Coriandrum sativum","Coriander","Summer through fall","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Cosmos bipinnatus","Cosmos - white sensation","Summer through fall","annual","lw, hf, w, s"

"Daucus Carota","Queen annes lace","Summer through fall","annual","lw, lb, hf, w"

"Foeniculum vulgare","Fennel","Summer",5,"lw, lb, hf, w, s"

"Limonium latifolium","Statice","Summer through fall",5,"hf, w"

"Linaria vulgaris","Butter and eggs","Summer and early fall",4,"hf, w"

"Lobelia erinus","Edging lobelia","Summer","annual","hf, w"

"Lobularia maritima","Sweet alyssum - white","Summer","annual","hf, w"

"Melissa officinalis","Lemon balm","Summer",4,"hf, w, t"

"Mentha pulegium","Pennyroyal","Summer",7,"hf, w, t"

"Petroselinum crispum","Parsley","Summer","bi-an","hf, w, t"

"Potentilla recta 'warrenii'","Sulfur cinquefoil","summer and early fall",4,"lb, hf, w"

"Potentilla villosa","Alpine cinquefoil","Spring",5,"lb, hf, w"

"Sedum kamtschaticum","Orange stonecrop","Summer",4,"hf, w"

"Tagetes tenuifolia","Marigold - lemon gem","Summer through fall","annual","lb, hf, w, s"

"Tanacetum vulgare","Tansy","Late summer through fall",4,"lw, lb, w, t"

"Thymus serpyllum coccineus","Crimson thyme","Summer",5,"hf, w, t"

"Zinnia elegans","Zinnia - liliput","Summer through frost","annual","hf, w"


Tachinid flies:

"Anthemis tinctoria","Golden marguerite","Spring through fall",6,"lw, lb, hf, w, t"

"Fagopyrum esculentum","Buckwheat","Early fall","annual","lb, hf, t"

"Melissa officinalis","Lemon balm","Summer",4,"hf, w, t"

"Mentha pulegium","Pennyroyal","Summer",7,"hf, w, t"

"Petroselinum crispum","Parsley","Summer","bi-an","hf, w, t"

"Phacelia tanacetifolia","Phacelia","Late spring to early summer","annual","t"

"Tanacetum vulgare","Tansy","Late summer through fall",4,"lw, lb, w, t"

"Thymus serpyllum coccineus","Crimson thyme","Summer",5,"hf, w, t"


Spiders, Minute Pirate bugs, Damsel bugs, Big eyed bugs:

"Carum Carvi","Caraway","Summer","bi-an","lw, hf, w, s"

"Cosmos bipinnatus","Cosmos - white sensation","Summer through fall","annual","lw, hf, w, s"

"Foeniculum vulgare","Fennel","Summer",5,"lw, lb, hf, w, s"

"Medicago sativa","Alfalfa","Summer through fall",3,"bb, db, mpb"

"Mentha spicata","Spearmint","Summer",4,"hf, s"

"Solidago virgaurea","Peter Pan goldenrod","Late summer thru early fall",5,"hf, mpb"

"Tagetes tenuifolia","Marigold - lemon gem","Summer through fall","annual","lb, hf, w, s"


As you have noticed, there is considerable overlap across these groupings.  To download a single file containing all of the above plants, click here. The list is in comma delimited format which can be read into any database or spreadsheet software, after decompression..


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