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Posted on Jun 5, 2013 in Pests & disease | 0 comments

Attracting Beneficials

Attracting Beneficials

Attracting beneficial or predatory insects to your garden can help keep the less than desirable garden insects at bay and reduce or eliminate your need to spray. So this year, when browsing through those fruit and vegetable seed catalogues, have a think about what flowers and herbs you could plant near your edibles to manage the pests before they become a problem.

Annual plants

  • Arroyo Lupine (Lupinus succulentus)
  • Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila elegans)
  • Bachelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus)
  • Barley (Hordeum vulgare)
  • Basils (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Bee Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia)
  • Bird’s Eyes (Gilia tricolor)
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
  • Blue Lace Flower (Trachymene coerulea, aka Didiscus coeruleas)
  • Borage (Borago officinalis) Annual | Edible: Leaves and flowers edible. Flowers taste like cucumber and are bright blue | Attracts: Bees
  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
  • California Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica)
  • Candytuft (Iberis umbellata)
  • Celery (Apium graveolens)
  • Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)
  • Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)
  • Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Corn (Zea mays)
  • Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
  • Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum)
  • Dill (Anethum graveolens)
  • Goldfields (Lasthenia californica)
  • Gopher Stopper (Melilotus indica)
  • Johnny Jump-Up (Viola cornuta)
  • Lobelia (Lobelia erinus)
  • Meadow Foam (Limnanthes douglasii)
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
  • Pincushion Flower, aka Sweet Scabious (Scabiosa atropurpurea)
  • Rye (Secale cereale)
  • Signet Marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia)
  • Subterranean Clover (Trifolium subterraneum)
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)
  • Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
  • Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)
  • Triticale (X Triticosecale)
  • White Sweetclover (Trifolium repens)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Perennial plants





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