Bee-Friendly Beef

Integrating wildflowers into cattle pastures for pollinator conservation

About the Wildflowers

We chose our seed mix based on species that are native to North America, are nontoxic to cattle, and bloom at different times of the season so that flowers will be continually available to pollinators throughout their foraging period.

Wildflower Species List

Scientific Name
Common Name
Agastache foeniculum Anise hyssop
Chamaecrista fasciculata Partridge pea
Coreopsis lanceolata Lanceleaf coreopsis
Dalea candida White prairie clover
Dalea purpurea Purple prairie clover
Desmanthus illinoensis Illinois bundleflower
Desmodium canadensis Showy ticktrefoil
Desmodium paniculatum Panicled leaf ticktrefoil
Echinacea purpurea Purple coneflower
Gaillardia pulchella Annual gallardia
Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides Oxeye sunflower
Lespedeza capitata Roundhead bush clover
Lespedeza virginica Slender bush clover
Ratibida columnifera Upright prairie coneflower
Ratibida pinnata Grey-headed coneflower
Rudbeckia hirta Black-eyed susan
Silphium perfoliatum Cup plant
Solidago canadensis Canada goldenrod


This research is generously funded by the USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant program and the USDA NIFA.