Insectary plants provide nectar, pollen, and shelter throughout the year for natural enemies. In order to provide a year-round source of food for them, choose plant species and cultivars that flower at different times and are well-adapted to your area. Here are a few that you may already be growing in your garden or landscape:
- Sweet alyssum
- Western redbud
- Flannel bush
- California poppy
Visit UC IPM's Insectary Plants web page to learn more about the benefits of planting insectaries around the garden and to see a longer list of insectary plant species.