Flowers for honey

flowers for honey production, in order to save the bees

Flowers for honey, a fantastic selection of plants that produce flowers or honeydew and provide food for our bees, both  honey bees and wild bees. If you are encouraged to plant them, it will be a fantastic way to help and feed them all year round. Therefore, a good way to save them from extinction.

You don’t have to have a big or small garden, even a few small pots in one of the windows will have a very good effect on these beloved insects.


  1. Flowers for honey; A grain of sand to save bees
  2. More honey flowers
  3. Bees in the olive grove

Summary: Honey flowers are flowers that provide food for bees. Therefore, growing and caring for these plants means caring for the bees in your area. Likewise, in our shop in Las Rozas de Madrid you have at your disposal this monofloral honeys and many others.

Other interesting articles: Good honey will come out of theses flowers

1. A contributio to save the bees; plant the flowers for honey production

Another thing I did this year was not to fumigate the trees in the spring, as many of the insecticides and fungicides we use in our gardens are killing the insects that are so beneficial. If we plant flowers for honey production, and then fumigate them, what we’re doing is poisoning the bees.

This Easter of 2017 I was taking out my camera again and I dedicated another afternoon to two of my hobbies, contact with nature and photography. I will now show you a selection of the photos I took during these days.

In the photo below we can see the flower of a rockrose and a bee on its petals. The flowers of the rockrose are beautiful and have the peculiarity that they bloom quickly and in a couple of days at the most, their petals disappear.  The flowers of the rockrose provide abundant pollen to the bees, but they have no nectar, so no rockrose honey is produced.

lower of a rockrose with a bee resting on it

Photo 1: Flower of a rockrose with a bee resting on it

One of the flowers with the most powerful and relaxing scent I know, lavender, or rather lavender because it is wild.

Lavender blooms at this time of year, when spring settles in and has a melliferous flower, which provides abundant nectar from which the bees make the much-loved lavender honey.

In this picture below you can see a bee flying, which is headed to pollinate the lavender flowers.

Bee heading for lavender flowers

Photo 2: Bee heading for lavender flowers

a) More bee-friendly flowers

Also at this time the holm oaks bloom and have their first shoots. The holm oak is pollinated by the wind, the bees do nothing to pollinate it.

The bees get their food from the holm oaks and produce their honey from the holm oaks, which is so rich in minerals, through small drops that the holm oaks release and the bees collect.

Holm oak in bloom and growing

Photo 3: Holm oak in bloom and growing

These little flowers that we see below are not from a plant that I don’t know what it’s called, but that is frequently grown in gardens and in these times is filled with flowers. It must also be melliferous, because you could hear a bee passing from flower to flower.

Garden flowers

Fhoto 4: Garden flowers

Next we show the poppy, a flower that made me very happy to see it. The poppy was a flower that covered all the Mediterranean and continental fields, but with the overuse of herbicides they have been disappearing and becoming less and less visible. For this reason, I was very happy to find her again in my garden.

The poppy does not produce nectar, so bees do not produce honey with it, but it produces a very complete pollen from the nutritional point of view that helps to strengthen the bee’s immune system.

Poppy flower

Fhoto 5: Poppy flower

At the beginning of the year I planted marigolds, which you can see in the picture below. I have planted these for ornamental purposes, although I don’t know if they will help the bees much.

Marigold flowers

Photo 6: Marigold flowers

b) Others bee-friendly flowers of Madrid

Another of the precious flowers, despite being small, is the orange blossom with which bees make one of the richest and sweetest raw honeys of all, orange blossom honey. This flower is very melliferous and is therefore highly valued by bees.

These orange trees are in Madrid, a place with a very cold climate so that the orange trees can survive the winter. I have the orange trees planted in big pots, so that in winter you can put them in the house and protect them against the eladas.

What I like most about orange blossom is its pure white colour. Another of the delights of enjoying this flower is its aroma

Orange blossom

Photo 7: Orange blossom

In Las Rozas de Madrid we are lucky enough to enjoy the many natural areas covered with holm oaks, rockrose and lavender. These Easter days I had the opportunity to stroll around them and meet lavender very often, among many of them, I photographed this one.

Lavender in an oak grove

Photo 8: Lavender in an oak grove, one of the best flowers for honey production and save the bees

Another flower that is beautiful and that I saw some bee posing on it, is the quince flower.

Quince flower

Photo 9: Quince flower

Finally the purple lilies I grew. Beautiful purple flowers that I don’t think are melliferous.

Purple lily flowers

Photo 10: Purple lily flowers

Let us all encourage the planting of these flowers for honey production. Consequently, you can help save the bees who are on their way to extinction.

I took all these photos during Easter 2017. This spring I enjoyed the beauty of nature and took out my camera again. I dedicated another afternoon to two of my hobbies, contact with nature and photography. Nature, a luxury that we should take care of as we take care of ourselves.

2. More honey flowers

Also in your garden, you can grow these other flowers that will provide food for the bees. Furthermore, they are also very useful in the kitchen and for making natural cosmetic products.


Scientific name
Common name
Agastache rugosa Agastache rugosa Aromatic and food
Agastache foeniculum Agastache foeniculum Aromatic and food
Ammi visnaga Ammi visnaga Medicinal
Bocopa monnieri Bocopa monnieri Medicinal
Borago officinalis Aromática
Carum roxburghianum Spice and medicinal
Coriandrum sativum Edible
Cosmos sulphurecum Aromatic
Desmodium canadense Medicinal legume plant
Dracocephalum moldavicum Aromatic
Helianthus Arikara Edible and medicinal
Helianthus Taiyo Edible and medicinal
Helianthus Grand primerose Edible and medicinal
Ocimum basilicum (Citriodorum) Culinary
Ocimum sanctum Culinary Culinary
Ocimum basilicum (Trisiflora) Culinary
Ocimum sp. (Thai) Culinary
Origanum majorana Culinary
Matricaria recutita Medicinal
Monarda citriodora Medicinal
Nigella damascena Aromatic and medicinal
Shizonepeta japonica Medicinal
Silphium Medicinal
Phacelia tanacetifolia Edaphological use
Lupinus albus (Amiga) Edaphological use
Lupinus angustifolius Edaphological use

Table 1: Melliferous plants

3. Bees in olive groves

The Ecology, Evolution and Conservation of Mediterranean Vegetation Group of the University of Jaén (UJA) has managed to identify 13 solitary bees. These bees inhabit olive groves in Andalusia, nesting in canopies and in the trunks of olive trees. Also, these insects do not form hives and live alone, but they are a good indicator of the ecological richness of olive groves.

This study was carried out by Carlos Martincez-Núñez and published in the scientific journal “Ecological indicators”.

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