Terms of flowering honey plants in the USA and Canada

According to observations of naturalists and beekeepers.

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Terms of flowering honey plants in the USA and Canada
Plant name Plant type Picture Flowering period
Acer saccharinum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, branch with flowers, early spring.
Scientific name:

Acer saccharinum

Common name(s): Silver maple, Soft maple.
Tree

Acer saccharinum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, branch with flowers, early spring.
February ↔ May
Pyrus communis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Pear blossoms in white, inflorescence closeup.
Scientific name:

Pyrus communis

Common name(s): European pear, Common pear.
Tree

Pyrus communis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Pear blossoms in white, inflorescence closeup.
March ↔ May
Celtis laevigata – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the beginning of flowering, branch.
Scientific name:

Celtis laevigata

Common name(s): Hackberry, Sugarberry, Lowland hackberry, Sugar hackberry, Arizona sugarberry, Netleaf hackberry, Small's hackberry, Southern hackberry, Texas sugarberry.
Tree

Celtis laevigata – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the beginning of flowering, branch.
March ↔ May
Acer negundo – description, flowering period and time in Washington, this plant begins to bloom simultaneously with the appearance of leaves.
Scientific name:

Acer negundo

Common name(s): Boxelder, Western boxelder, Arizona boxelder, California boxelder, Texas boxelder, Interior boxelder, Violet boxelder.
Tree

Acer negundo – description, flowering period and time in Washington, this plant begins to bloom simultaneously with the appearance of leaves.
March ↔ May
Rubus spectabilis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, branch with scarlet big flowers.
Scientific name:

Rubus spectabilis

Common name(s): Salmonberry.
Shrub-liana

Rubus spectabilis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, branch with scarlet big flowers.
March ↔ June
Acer glabrum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, blooming flowers close-up.
Scientific name:

Acer glabrum

Common name(s): Rocky Mountain maple, Douglas maple, Greene's maple, New Mexico maple, Torrey maple.
Tree-shrub

Acer glabrum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, blooming flowers close-up.
Late March ↔ Early May
Salix lucida – description, flowering period and time in Washington, One beautiful catkin, close up.
Scientific name:

Salix lucida

Common name(s): Shining willow, Greenleaf willow, Tail-leaf willow, Whiplash willow, Pacific willow, Lance-leaf willow, Longleaf willow, Red willow, Western shining willow.
Tree-shrub

Salix lucida – description, flowering period and time in Washington, One beautiful catkin, close up.
Late March ↔ June
Salix exigua – description, flowering period and time in Washington, delicate flowers.
Scientific name:

Salix exigua

Common name(s): Narrowleaf willow, Coyote willow.
Shrub-tree

Salix exigua – description, flowering period and time in Washington, delicate flowers.
April ↔ May
Prunus americana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, The branch is blooming.
Scientific name:

Prunus americana

Common name(s): American plum, Goose plum, River plum, Wild plum.
Shrub-tree

Prunus americana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, The branch is blooming.
April ↔ May
Acer grandidentatum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowers close up.
Scientific name:

Acer grandidentatum

Common name(s): Bigtooth maple, Canyon maple, Western sugar maple.
Tree-shrub

Acer grandidentatum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowers close up.
April ↔ May
Prunus cerasus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowers close-up..
Scientific name:

Prunus cerasus

Common name(s): Sour cherry, Tart cherry, Dwarf cherry, Montmorency cherry.
Tree

Prunus cerasus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowers close-up..
April ↔ May
Crataegus douglasii – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowering branch.
Scientific name:

Crataegus douglasii

Common name(s): Black hawthorn, Douglas hawthorn, River hawthorn, Western thornapple.
Tree, Shrub

Crataegus douglasii – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowering branch.
April ↔ May
Populus tremuloides – description, flowering period and time in Washington, long catkins hanging from a branch.
Scientific name:

Populus tremuloides

Common name(s): Quaking aspen, Trembling aspen, Aspen, American aspen, Mountain aspen, Golden aspen, Trembling poplar, White poplar, Popple, Alamo Blanco.
Tree

Populus tremuloides – description, flowering period and time in Washington, long catkins hanging from a branch.
April ↔ May
Salix scouleriana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, The plant is preparing to bloom, a picturesque landscape in the background.
Scientific name:

Salix scouleriana

Common name(s): Scouler's willow, Upland willow.
Tree-shrub

Salix scouleriana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, The plant is preparing to bloom, a picturesque landscape in the background.
April ↔ June
Acer circinatum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the beginning of flowering.
Scientific name:

Acer circinatum

Common name(s): Vine maple.
Tree, Shrub

Acer circinatum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the beginning of flowering.
April ↔ June
Prunus emarginata – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branch with beautiful flowers.
Scientific name:

Prunus emarginata

Common name(s): Bitter cherry.
Tree, Shrub

Prunus emarginata – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branch with beautiful flowers.
April ↔ June
Malus fusca – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branch of a plant with green leaves and white flowers..
Scientific name:

Malus fusca

Common name(s): Oregon crab, Oregon crab apple, Pacific crab apple, Western crab apple.
Tree, Shrub

Malus fusca – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branch of a plant with green leaves and white flowers..
April ↔ Early July


May bloom now!
Salix bebbiana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowering plant.
Scientific name:

Salix bebbiana

Common name(s): Bebb willow, Beak willow, Beaked willow, Long-beaked willow, Diamond willow, Chaton, Petit Minou, Smooth Bebb willow.
Tree, Shrub

Salix bebbiana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowering plant.
April ↔ August


May bloom now!
Acer macrophyllum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, plant flowers bloom along with leaves.
Scientific name:

Acer macrophyllum

Common name(s): Bigleaf maple, Big-leaf maple, Oregon maple.
Tree

Acer macrophyllum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, plant flowers bloom along with leaves.
Late April ↔ Early May
Malus domestica – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowers stuck to the apple tree branch.
Scientific name:

Malus domestica

Common name(s): Pyrus pumila, Malus pumila, Apple.
Tree

Malus domestica – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowers stuck to the apple tree branch.
Late April ↔ May
Acer platanoides – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the beginning of the flowering period. Flowers bloom and secrete nectar.
Scientific name:

Acer platanoides

Common name(s): Norway maple.
Tree

Acer platanoides – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the beginning of the flowering period. Flowers bloom and secrete nectar.
Late April ↔ Early June
Rubus ursinus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Rubus ursinus (California blackberry) beautiful flowers bloomed.
Scientific name:

Rubus ursinus

Common name(s): California blackberry, California dewberry, California grapeleaf dewberry, Douglasberry, Pacific blackberry.
Shrub

Rubus ursinus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Rubus ursinus (California blackberry) beautiful flowers bloomed.
Late April ↔ Early July


May bloom now!
Salix drummondiana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, young willow inflorescences.
Scientific name:

Salix drummondiana

Common name(s): Drummond's willow, Beautiful willow, Blue willow.
Shrub

Salix drummondiana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, young willow inflorescences.
May
Salix lemmonii – description, flowering period and time in Washington, close-up of inflorescences on a young branch.
Scientific name:

Salix lemmonii

Common name(s): Lemmon's willow, Lemmon willow.
Shrub

Salix lemmonii – description, flowering period and time in Washington, close-up of inflorescences on a young branch.
May ↔ June
Salix planifolia – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branches with catkins and young green leaves.
Scientific name:

Salix planifolia

Common name(s): Diamondleaf willow, Planeleaf willow.
Shrub

Salix planifolia – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branches with catkins and young green leaves.
May ↔ June
Salix boothii – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branch with catkins and green leaves.
Scientific name:

Salix boothii

Common name(s): Booth's willow.
Shrub

Salix boothii – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branch with catkins and green leaves.
May ↔ June
Salix amygdaloides – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowers and leaves close-up.
Scientific name:

Salix amygdaloides

Common name(s): Peachleaf willow, Peach leaf willow.
Tree-shrub

Salix amygdaloides – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowers and leaves close-up.
May ↔ June
Robinia pseudoacacia – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branch with flowers.
Scientific name:

Robinia pseudoacacia

Common name(s): Black locust, False acacia, Yellow locust, White locust, Green locust, Post locust, Falsa acacia, Robinia.
Tree

Robinia pseudoacacia – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Branch with flowers.
May ↔ June
Ajuga reptans – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Stems, leaves and flowers.
Scientific name:

Ajuga reptans

Common name(s): Bugle, Blue bugle, Bugleherb, Bugleweed, Carpetweed, Carpet bugleweed, Common bugle, St. Lawrence plant.
Forb-herb

Ajuga reptans – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Stems, leaves and flowers.
May ↔ June
Astragalus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, delicate flowers in a pine forest.
Scientific name:

Astragalus

Common name(s): Milkvetch, Locoweed, Goat's-thorn.
Herb, Shrub

Astragalus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, delicate flowers in a pine forest.
May ↔ June
Rubus laciniatus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, beautiful flowers on a branch.
Scientific name:

Rubus laciniatus

Common name(s): Cutleaf blackberry, Evergreen blackberry, Slashed blackberry.
Shrub

Rubus laciniatus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, beautiful flowers on a branch.
May ↔ July


May bloom now!
Rhus glabra – description, flowering period and time in Washington, big red flower.
Scientific name:

Rhus glabra

Common name(s): Smooth sumac, Common sumac, Rocky Mountain sumac, Red sumac, Western sumac, White sumac.
Tree-shrub

Rhus glabra – description, flowering period and time in Washington, big red flower.
May ↔ August


May bloom now!
Salix geyeriana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, willow blooms.
Scientific name:

Salix geyeriana

Common name(s): Geyer willow, Silver willow.
Tree, Shrub

Salix geyeriana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, willow blooms.
May ↔ August


May bloom now!
Brassica napus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, small delicate flowers.
Scientific name:

Brassica napus

Common name(s): Rapeseed.
Forb, Herb

Brassica napus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, small delicate flowers.
May ↔ September


May bloom now!
Allium schoenoprasum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, spherical umbrellas of wild onion inflorescences.
Scientific name:

Allium schoenoprasum

Common name(s): Chives.
Forb

Allium schoenoprasum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, spherical umbrellas of wild onion inflorescences.
May ↔ September


May bloom now!
Sinapis arvensis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, delicate yellow flowers bloom.
Scientific name:

Sinapis arvensis

Common name(s): Charlock mustard, California rape, Charlock, Corn mustard, Canola, Kaber mustard, Rapeseed mustard.
Forb, Herb

Sinapis arvensis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, delicate yellow flowers bloom.
May ↔ October


May bloom now!
Prunus serotina – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Black cherry flowering branch.
Scientific name:

Prunus serotina

Common name(s): Black cherry, Wild black cherry, Rum cherry, Mountain black cherry, Wild cherry.
Tree

Prunus serotina – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Black cherry flowering branch.
Late May ↔ Late June
Calendula officinalis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, bright orange flowers.
Scientific name:

Calendula officinalis

Common name(s): Marigold, Calendula, Pot marigold, English marigold.
Forb, Herb

Calendula officinalis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, bright orange flowers.
Late May ↔ September


May bloom now!
Prunus virginiana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowering time is coming to an end.
Scientific name:

Prunus virginiana

Common name(s): Chokecherry, Western chokecherry, Common chokecherry, Black chokecherry.
Tree-shrub

Prunus virginiana – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowering time is coming to an end.
Late May ↔ Early June
Salix glauca – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowering branches in white fluff.
Scientific name:

Salix glauca

Common name(s): Grayleaf willow, Gray willow, Gray-leaved willow.
Tree, Shrub

Salix glauca – description, flowering period and time in Washington, flowering branches in white fluff.
June
Vaccinium corymbosum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) flowers closeup.
Scientific name:

Vaccinium corymbosum

Common name(s): Highbush blueberry, High-bush blueberry, Northern highbush blueberry, Tall blueberry, Rabbiteye blueberry, Blue huckleberry, Tall huckleberry, Swamp huckleberry, High blueberry, Swamp blueberry.
Shrub

Vaccinium corymbosum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) flowers closeup.
June
Rubus idaeus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) little flowers.
Scientific name:

Rubus idaeus

Common name(s): Raspberry, Black-haired red raspberry, Brilliant red raspberry, American red raspberry, Red raspberry, Smoothleaf red raspberry, Wild raspberry, Wild red raspberry, Grayleaf raspberry.
Shrub

Rubus idaeus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) little flowers.
June ↔ July


May bloom now!
Rubus parviflorus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) white flowers towering above the bushes.
Scientific name:

Rubus parviflorus

Common name(s): Thimbleberry, Western thimbleberry.
Shrub

Rubus parviflorus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) white flowers towering above the bushes.
June ↔ July


May bloom now!
Salix brachycarpa – description, flowering period and time in Washington, willow at the beginning of flowering.
Scientific name:

Salix brachycarpa

Common name(s): Shortfruit willow, Barren-ground willow, Small-fruit sand dune willow, Small-fruit willow.
Shrub

Salix brachycarpa – description, flowering period and time in Washington, willow at the beginning of flowering.
June ↔ July


May bloom now!
Amorpha fruticosa – description, flowering period and time in Washington, small flowers collected in thick long brushes.
Scientific name:

Amorpha fruticosa

Common name(s): Desert false indigo, False indigo-bush, Bastard indigobush, Indigo Bush.
Shrub

Amorpha fruticosa – description, flowering period and time in Washington, small flowers collected in thick long brushes.
June ↔ July


May bloom now!
Brassica rapa – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the beginning of the flowering period.
Scientific name:

Brassica rapa

Common name(s): Field mustard, Common mustard, Wild mustard, Wild turnip, Forage turnip, Wild rutabaga, Birdsrape mustard, Rape mustard.
Forb, Herb

Brassica rapa – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the beginning of the flowering period.
June ↔ August


May bloom now!
Echium vulgare – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowering plant - a very valuable honey plant.
Scientific name:

Echium vulgare

Common name(s): Viper's bugloss, Blueweed, Blue thistle.
Forb, Herb

Echium vulgare – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowering plant - a very valuable honey plant.
June ↔ August


May bloom now!
Salsola kali – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowering bushes, blurred background.
Scientific name:

Salsola kali

Common name(s): Russian thistle, Tumbleweed, Prickly saltwort.
Forb

Salsola kali – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowering bushes, blurred background.
June ↔ August


May bloom now!
Rubus armeniacus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Rubus armeniacus (Himalayan blackberry) branch with flowers. Bumblebee collects nectar..
Scientific name:

Rubus armeniacus

Common name(s): Himalayan blackberry, Rubus discolor, Rubus procerus.
Shrub

Rubus armeniacus – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Rubus armeniacus (Himalayan blackberry) branch with flowers. Bumblebee collects nectar..
June ↔ August


May bloom now!
Agastache foeniculum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowering plants.
Scientific name:

Agastache foeniculum

Common name(s): Giant hyssop, Blue giant hyssop, Anise hyssop, Fragrant giant hyssop, Lavender giant hyssop.
Forb-herb, Subshrub

Agastache foeniculum – description, flowering period and time in Washington, Flowering plants.
June ↔ September


May bloom now!
Chamaenerion angustifolium – description, flowering period and time in Washington, bright flowering stems in the sunshine.
Scientific name:

Chamaenerion angustifolium

Common name(s): Fireweed, Great willowherb, Rosebay willowherb, Saint Anthony's Laurel, French-willow.
Forb, Herb

Chamaenerion angustifolium – description, flowering period and time in Washington, bright flowering stems in the sunshine.
June ↔ September


May bloom now!
Cucumis melo – description, flowering period and time in Washington, creeping melon stems with delicate yellow flowers.
Scientific name:

Cucumis melo

Common name(s): Cantaloupe, Rockmelon, Sweet melon, Spanspek, Honeydew melon, Honeymelon, Crenshaw, Casaba.
Forb-herb, Vine

Cucumis melo – description, flowering period and time in Washington, creeping melon stems with delicate yellow flowers.
June ↔ October


May bloom now!
Borago officinalis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the bee collects pollen.
Scientific name:

Borago officinalis

Common name(s): Borage, Starflower, Common borage, Cool-tankard, Tailwort.
Forb, Herb

Borago officinalis – description, flowering period and time in Washington, the bee collects pollen.
June ↔ October


May bloom now!
Cirsium arvense – description, flowering period and time in Washington,.
Scientific name:

Cirsium arvense

Common name(s): Creeping Thistle, Canada thistle, Field thistle, California thistle, Lettuce from hell thistle, Corn thistle, Cursed thistle, Green thistle, Hard thistle, Perennial thistle, Prickly thistle, Small-flowered thistle, Way thistle, Stinger-needles.
Forb, Herb

Cirsium arvense – description, flowering period and time in Washington,.
Late June ↔ Early October


May bloom now!
Calluna vulgaris – description, flowering period and time in Washington, evergreen flowering shrub.
Scientific name:

Calluna vulgaris

Common name(s): Heather, Scotch heather, Common heather, Ling, Simply heather.
Shrub

Calluna vulgaris – description, flowering period and time in Washington, evergreen flowering shrub.
July ↔ November


May bloom now!