Pollinator Conservation Resources – South Central Region

The pollinator resources found on this page support habitat restoration in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and southern Illinois.

View all the regions in North America for other pollinator resources.
Click here to access national resources for the US and Canada including:

  • Conservation guides and fact sheets for farms, gardens, parks and natural areas
  • Information on native bee nests
  • Pollinator plant lists
  • Pesticide guides
  • Bee identification and monitoring resources

For questions, comments, or to suggest additional content, please email pollinators@xerces.org.

Recommended Pollinator Plants

Pollinator Plants: Midwest Region (The Xerces Society: fact sheet)
Recommended native plants that are highly attractive to pollinators such as native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds, and are well-suited for small-scale plantings in gardens, on business and school campuses, in urban greenspaces, and in farm field borders.

South Central Plants for Native Bees (The Xerces Society: fact sheet)
A general information guide to selecting common native and ornamental garden plants that attract native bees.

Native Plant Profiles and Lists (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: web site resource)
The Xerces Society has collaborated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to create plant lists that are attractive to native bees, bumble bees, honey bees, and other beneficial insects, as well as plant lists with value as nesting materials for native bees. These lists can be narrowed down with additional criteria such as state, soil moisture, bloom time, and sunlight requirements.

Regional Milkweed Guides A series of regional guides to the native milkweeds of North America, developed in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Monarch Nectar Plant Guides While native milkweed is critical to support of monarch breeding, these regional guides were created to address a need for evidence-based, monarch-specific nectar plants throughout the U.S. These guides were developed in partnership with the Monarch Joint Venture and National Wildlife Federation and are geared toward gardeners and landscape designers but are also be useful for land managers who are implementing large-scale monarch restoration projects.

Pollinator Plants for North Central and West Texas and Southwestern Oklahoma (Texas USDA-NRCS: technical note)
This detailed list of pollinator plant information for cropland, rangeland and wildlife areas includes the type of pollinator each plant attracts.

Pollinator Plants for Texas Conservation Practices (Texas USDA-NRCS: technical note)
An overview of various native trees and shrubs of Texas, and their benefits to pollinators.

Pollinator Plants for North-Central and West Texas and Southwestern Oklahoma (USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center: technical note)
An overview of plants and their benefits to pollinators.

Plants for Pollinator Habitat (USDA-NRCS: informational poster)
This poster is a publication of the East Texas Plant Materials Center, and profiles several plant species appropriate to the region.

Conservation Guides
Pollinator Plants of the Central United States: Native Milkweeds (Xerces and USDA-NRCS joint publication)
This guide profiles milkweed species of the lower Midwest and central United States, describes their wildlife value, and provides guidance on how to include milkweeds in habitat restoration plantings that benefit monarch butterflies, native bees, and other beneficial insects.Pollinator Conservation and Farm System Planning (USDA-NRCS Manhattan Kansas Plant Materials Center: technical note)
This article provides an overview of pollinators and their conservation, and describes the role of the NRCS Plant Materials Program in identifying and propagating bee-friendly wildflower species.

Native Forb and Non-native Legume Inter-Seeding (Missouri USDA-NRCS: job sheet)
A technical guide to establishing pollinator-friendly legumes and native wildflowers into existing grass pastures and fields.

Missouri Native Pollinators (Missouri USDA-NRCS: job sheet)
This job sheet provides guidance on establishing and maintaining habit in Missouri to benefit pollinators.

Native Pollinator Plant Nurseries and Seed Companies

Bamert Seed Co. , Muleshoe, TX
Bamert Seed Co. offers native seed of prairie grasses and fobs.

Browning Seed, Inc. , Plainview, TX
Browning Seed, Inc. provides grasses and some forbs native to the Midwest.

Buchanan’s Native Plants, Houston, TX
Buchanan’s Native Plants is a nursery that sells Texas native plants.

Bustani Plant Farm , Stillwater, OK
Bustani Plant Farm offers a selection of Oklahoma native transplants.

De Lange Seed, Inc. , Girard, KS
De Lange Seed sells wildflower and grass seeds native to Kansas.

Douglas King Seeds , San Antonio, TX
Douglas King Seeds specializes in native grass seeds and seed mixes.

Easy Wildflowers, Willow Springs, MO
Easy Wildflowers provides potted native wildflower plants from Missouri.

Feyh Farm Seed , Alma, KS
Feyh Farm Seed provides native grasses and wildflower seeds for wholesale and retail.

Grasslander, Hennessey, OK
Grasslander offers seeds and rhizomes of prairie species, and wetland and upland seed mixtures and prairie seed planting equipment.

Grogg’s Green Barn , Tulsa, OK
Grogg’s Green Barn carries organic and non-GMO plants including Oklahoma natives.

Hamilton Native Outpost, Elk Creek, MO
Hamilton Native Outpost produces local eco-type wildflower and prairie grass seed for central Missouri. The company offers prepared seed mixes, and tours and classes for the public.

Heep’s Native Plant Nursery, Harlingen, TX
Heep’s Native Plant Nursery specializes in native shrubs, vines, grasses and groundcovers.

Holland Wildflower Farm, Elkins, AR
An online seed store, Holland Wildflower Farm offers wildflower seeds and seed mixes appropriate for Arkansas.

Johnston Seed Co. , Enid, OK
Johnston provides Oklahoma wildflower and grass seeds and seed mixes.

Kansas Native Plants , Topeka, KS
Kansas Native Plants carries seeds of native wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs.

Kaw River Restoration Nurseries, Eudora, KS
Kaw River supplies local ecotype native seed and plants to western Missouri and east-central Kansas.

Lorenzo’s OK Seeds LLC, Okeene, OK
Lorenzo’s sells wildflower, native grass and wetland seed of Oklahoma species.

Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Jefferson City, MO
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery sells Missouri ecotype nursery propagated plants and both wild harvested and nursery grown seeds.

Native American Seed, Junction, TX
Native American Seed offers 100% native and locally harvested wildflower and grass seeds as well as the bare root stock of many perennials.

Natives of Texas, Kerrville, TX
Natives of Texas deal exclusively in plants native to central Texas, including perennials, shrubs, and trees.

Pine Ridge Gardens, London, AR
Pine Ridge is a mail order nursery with a large diversity of native wildflower, grass, tree and shrub species available in pots.

Prairie Pride Plants , Wichita, KS
Prairie Pride Plants provides native plants for gardening and landscaping.

Pure Air Natives , Wentzville, MO
Pure Air Natives offers restoration seed mixes and native plants for agricultural landscapes.

Sharp Bros. Seed Co. , Greely, CO and Healy, KS
Sharp Bros. Seed Co. offers Midwest native grass and wildflower seeds.

Star Seed , Osborne, KS
Star Seed provides seeds of wildflowers and grasses native to Kansas.

Sunshine Nursery, Clinton, OK
Sunshine Nursery is a small retail nursery with a wide variety of native trees, shrubs, and perennial plants.

Turner Seed, Breckenridge, TX
Turner provides native grass and wildflower seeds, wholesale and retail.

Vinland Valley Nursery , Baldwin City, KS
Vinland Valley Nursery sells organic plants including a selection of natives.

Western Native Seeds , Coaldale, CO
Western Native Seed specializes in seeds of plants which are native to the Rocky Mountains, western Great Plains, and adjacent areas.

Wildseed Farms, Inc. , Fredericksburg, TX
Wildseed offers regional wildflower mixtures and a selection of native grasses.

Bee Identification and Monitoring Resources

Texas Bumble Bees (Texas Parks and Wildlife: Online ID guide)
A website devoted to the bumble bees of Texas, with identification guidance, natural history, and species distribution information.

Bumble bees of the Eastern United States (USDA Forest Service: field ID guide)
This field guide was produced by the USDA Forest Service and the Pollinator Partnership. The Guide covers the most commonly encountered bumble bees of the Eastern United States. Each bee species has information on preferred food plants, nesting biology, seasonal activity patterns, identification guidelines, and distribution maps.

Bumble bees of the Western United States (USDA Forest Service: field ID guide)
This field guide was produced by the USDA Forest Service and the Pollinator Partnership. The Guide covers the most commonly encountered bumble bees of the Western United States. Each bee species has information on preferred food plants, nesting biology, seasonal activity patterns, identification guidelines, and distribution maps.


Policy Analysis Paper: Policy Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services with a Focus on Pollination (Berkeley Food Institute)
The Berkeley Food Institute collaborated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to author this publication. It considers the mainstreaming of ecosystem services at both national and international levels, with a focus on pollination services. Following work undertaken through the GEF/UNEP/FAO Global Pollination Project, and through funding from the Norwegian Environment Agency, this publication addresses the interface between science and policy as a contribution to the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Supporting the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
This set of guidelines, released as a follow-up to the President’s Memorandum on pollinator health, is a supplement to older guidance on sustainable management of landscapes. The guidance will help Federal agencies incorporate pollinator friendly practices into new federal construction and landscaping projects. Click here to download the guidelines, or read more at WhiteHouse.gov


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