Pollinator Corridor Winter Blooms: Key to Bees and Insects!


By Joshua Baker

Has anyone seen the pops of color in the Lloyd this Winter? Check out the pictures below from the NE Multnomah Pollinator Corridor! Did you know that plants like these that flower in the winter play an important role for various insects? Bees and other pollinators that fly about during cold, dark winter days depend upon plants for the nourishment that keeps them alive until Spring. Black-tailed bumblebees, for example, are out and about as early as January according to Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service. Native bees, on the other hand, are often seen later in February when the wild willow starts to bloom. Even though winter-flowering plants do grow in the wild, the majority of pollinators don’t live close enough to them. This means that planting winter bloomers is an important move to take into consideration when planning landscaping or a garden. Even rare species can benefit from small amounts of habitat that contains plants such as the ones that are part of the NE Multnomah Pollinator Corridor: 

We got some of our information for this post from Oregonlive.com’s These winter-blooming plants give bees a boost article and we encourage you to check it out to learn more!

Are there any plants mentioned in this post that you might try planting in your garden or landscaping? If so, we’d love to hear from you! To reach out, shoot us an e-mail at emma@ecolloyd.org