​Bee-u-tify Seed Packets

Our Non-Invasive and Pollinator Friendly Flower Mix Program

Your commitment to protecting our environment, economic resources, and recreational lands from Noxious Weeds does not need to come at the expense of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Here, we have compiled information about our non-invasive flower-blend as well as pollinator-friendly weed control.

To request a seed packet for your garden, please email us at noxiousweeds@agr.wa.gov or contact your county noxious weed control board

This flower blend is a fantastic way to attract pollinators to gardens and other landscaped areas and we'll be giving out these seed packets while supplies last! Share your Bee-u-tify flower gardens with us and we will add them to our gallery!

How You Can Help Our Pollinators

We all want to do our part to help pollinators! Here are some important steps you can take:

  • Control noxious weeds on your property. Though some of our noxious weeds are known to benefit honeybees and other pollinators, these plants severely impact our ecosystem, natural resources, and agriculture. For example, Yellow starthistle, while believed to make for great honey, colonizes rangeland and outcompetes the wildflowers and grasses that wildlife and livestock need to survive and its spiny flowerheads injure livestock and cause fatal chewing disease in horses. The benefits surely do not outweigh the ecological and economic consequences, especially with so many alternatives.
  • Plant and maintain pollinator-friendly plant species. Here's where those seed packets come in handy! Replace noxious weeds and under-utilized patches of land with native or nonnative, non-invasive pollinator-friendly plants, especially those which bloom from spring through fall. These plants provide bees with food throughout their active season. Check out Gardenwise (Eastern WA version here or Western WA version here), our popular booklet with suggestions for non-invasive plants to replace noxious weeds in gardens and landscaping. 
  • Follow pesticide application instructions carefully. While studies show that these products are not acutely toxic to bees when used correctly, it is always important to read and follow the instructions when using any weed control product.
  • Time your weed control to minimize bee impact. Bees are less active in the morning and evening, so these are optimal times for any control work you need to do. Additionally, controlling weeds during early spring, fall, and even winter when plants are not in bloom will help avoid interfering with busy bees. Have you seen our guide to protecting pollinators while controlling your noxious weeds?

Additional Resources

There are many great resources to help you manage your weeds and help bees and other pollinators. Check out the following links for information:

Don't forget: your County Noxious Weed Control Board and your local Conservation District are always available to help you manage your weeds in a ecologically and economically responsible way. The WSU Master Gardener Program and the Washington Native Plant Society also offer resources and assistance for landowners and interested citizens.

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What We're Doing To Help the Bees

The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board is made up of farmers, ecologists, resource managers, and a commercial beekeeper and we appreciate the importance of honeybees and our native pollinators. We believe that protecting ecosystems and agriculture from the impacts of noxious weeds while preserving and creating quality forage for pollinators is in the interest of all landowners in our state. 

We have been working to advance the cause of sustainable, pollinator-friendly weed control efforts. For example, the Board:

  • Created the brochure Bees and noxious weed control: finding common ground and Full Circle 
  • Control noxious weeds and grow healthy plant communities, which are intended for landowners, hobby gardeners, and horticulture/agricultural industry professionals alike.
  • Distributed over 68,000 non-invasive, pollinator-friendly Bee-U-Tify seed packets in 2015 and have more available for 2016.
  • Has supported proposed legislation in 2015 and 2016 addressing the replacement of noxious weeds with native or nonnative, pollinator-friendly forage.
  • Has given several presentations on bee-friendly noxious weed control at pesticide recertification classes, beekeeper association meetings, and gardening events.
Bee U Tify Seed Packet

Seed Mix Contents:

  • Lupinus succulentus/harwegii (Annual Lupine)
  • Coreopsis lanceolata (Lance-Leaved Coreopsis)
  • Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
  • Helianthus annuus (Dwarf Sunspot Sunflower)
  • Lupinus perennis (Perennual Lupine)
  • Gaillardia aristata (Blanketflower)
  • Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge Pea)
  • Ratibida columnaris (Mexican Hat)
  • Cosmos bippinatus (Cosmos Sensations Mix)
  • Phacelia tanacetifolia (Lacy Phacelia)
  • Coreopsis tinctoria (Plain Coreopsis)
  • Penstemon strictus (Rockey Mountain Penstemon)
  • Monarda citridora (Lemon Mint)
  • Limnanthes douglassi (Poached Egg Meadowfoam)
  • Trifolium incarnatum (Crimson Clover)
  • Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed)
  • Salvia farinacea (Blue Sage)
  • Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamont/Bee Balm)

Bee-U-Tify Garden Gallery

Whatcom Flowers

Image courtesy Mary Smith, Whatcom County

Whatcom Flowers2

Image courtesy Mary Smith, Whatcom County

Grant Flowers2

Image courtesy of Trish Durand, Grant County

Adams Flowers

Image courtesy of Marilyn Sielaff, Adams County

Gerry Saw

Image courtesy of Gerry Saw, Snohomish County

Abbe Sutton

Image courtesy of Abbe Sutton

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Image courtesy of Abbe Sutton

Durand Image 1

Image courtesy of Trish Durand

Durand Image 3

Image courtesy of Trish Durand

Durand Image 2

Image courtesy of Trish Durand