Minnesota Pollinator Resources Tables

These tables feature information on the value to native pollinators of plant species found in native plant communities in Minnesota. They are designed to aid management and restoration of native plant communities, highlighting the role of native plant communities in supporting Minnesota's insect pollinators.

The tables are based on plant lists for native plant community classes originally published in field guides describing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (MNDNR) statewide native plant community classification. The plant lists were generated from data recorded in representative vegetation plots across Minnesota, supplemented here with information on the value of each plant for native insect pollinators Each list includes:

  • native plant community class code and name
  • characteristic native plants, sorted by life-form
  • frequency of each plant in the vegetation plots
  • average percent cover (as a range) of each plant in the vegetation plots
  • primary agent of pollination (animal, wind, or water)
  • information on nest value of plant for pollinators
  • blooming period (early, mid, or late growing season)
  • supplemental notes on pollinator nest values, plant habitat and plant range

More information about the native plant communities and plant lists appears in descriptions and fact sheets in the MNDNR publications Field Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota: The Prairie Parkland and Tallgrass Aspen Parklands Provinces and Field Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota: The Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province, and Field Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota: The Laurentian Mixed Forest Province. Fact sheets and other information about the MNDNR's native plant community classification are available online

The Minnesota DNR has supported pollinators for many years through conservation and management of native plant communities. The pollinator resource tables will continue to be updated as more survey and research data become available on the ecological value of native plant communities for pollinators.

For additional information about the MNDNR's work with native insect pollinators, please contact:

Crystal Boyd, Minnesota Biological Survey Bee Specialist
[email protected]
651-259-5699

Robert Dana, Minnesota Biological Survey Butterfly & Moth Specialist
[email protected]
651-259-5086


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FD: Fire-Dependent System Pollinator Resources

FDn12

Northern Dry-Sand Pine Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDn22

Northern Dry-Bedrock Pine (Oak) Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDn32

Northern Poor Dry-Mesic Mixed Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDn33

Northern Dry-Mesic Mixed Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDn43

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest Pollinator Resources

FDc12

Central Poor Dry Pine Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDc23

Central Dry Pine Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDc24

Central Rich Dry Pine Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDc25

Central Dry Oak-Aspen (Pine) Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDc34

Central Dry-Mesic Pine-Hardwood Forest Pollinator Resources

FDs27

Southern Dry-Mesic Pine-Oak Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDs36

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak (Maple) Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDs37

Southern Dry-Mesic Pine-hardwood Forest Pollinator Resources

FDs38

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak-Hickory Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDw24

Northwestern Dry-Mesic Oak Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDw34

Northwestern Mesic Aspen-Oak Woodland Pollinator Resources

FDw44

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland Pollinator Resources

MH: Mesic Hardwood System Pollinator Resources

MHn35

Northern Mesic Hardwood Forest Pollinator Resources

MHn44

Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest Pollinator Resources

MHn45

Northern Mesic Hardwood (Cedar) Forest Pollinator Resources

MHn46

Northern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest Pollinator Resources

MHn47

Northern Rich Mesic Hardwood Forest Pollinator Resources

MHc26

Central Dry-Mesic Oak-Aspen Forest Pollinator Resources

MHc36

Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Eastern) Pollinator Resources

MHc37

Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Western) Pollinator Resources

MHc38

Central Mesic Cold-Slope Hardwood-Conifer Forest Pollinator Resources

MHc47

Central Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest Pollinator Resources

MHs37

Southern Dry Pine-Oak Forest Pollinator Resources

MHs38

Southern Mesic Oak-Basswood Forest Pollinator Resources

MHs39

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest Pollinator Resources

MHs49

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest Pollinator Resources

MHw36

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest Pollinator Resources

FF: Floodplain Forest System Pollinator Resources

FFn57

Northern Terrace Forest Pollinator Resources

FFn67

Northern Floodplain Forest Pollinator Resources

FFs59

Southern Terrace Forest Pollinator Resources

FFs68

Southern Floodplain Forest Pollinator Resources

WF: Wet Forest System Pollinator Resources

WFn53

Northern Wet Cedar Forest Pollinator Resources

WFn55

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp Pollinator Resources

WFn64

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp Pollinator Resources

WFs57

Southern Wet Ash Swamp Pollinator Resources

WFw54

Northwestern Wet Aspen Forest Pollinator Resources

FP: Forested Rich Peatland System Pollinator Resources

FPn62

Northern Rich Spruce Swamp (Basin) Pollinator Resources

FPn63

Northern Cedar Swamp Pollinator Resources

FPn71

Northern Rich Spruce Swamp (Water Track) Pollinator Resources

FPn72

Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Eastern Basin) Pollinator Resources

FPn81

Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Water track) Pollinator Resources

FPn82

Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Western Basin) Pollinator Resources

FPs63

Southern Rich Conifer Swamp Pollinator Resources

FPw63

Northwestern Rich Conifer Swamp Pollinator Resources

AP: Acid Peatland System Pollinator Resources

APn80

Northern Spruce Bog Pollinator Resources

Apn81

Northern Poor Conifer Swamp Pollinator Resources

APn90

Northern Open Bog Pollinator Resources

APn91

Northern Poor Fen Pollinator Resources

CT: Cliff/Talus System Pollinator Resources

 

RO: Rock Outcrop System Pollinator Resources

ROs12

Southern Bedrock Outcrop Pollinator Resources

LK: Lakeshore System Pollinator Resources

RV: River Shore System Pollinator Resources

UP: Upland Prairie System Pollinator Resources

UPn12

Northern Dry Prairie Pollinator Resources

UPn13

Northern Dry Savanna Pollinator Resources

UPn23

Northern Mesic Prairie Pollinator Resources

UPs13

Southern Dry Prairie Pollinator Resources

UPs14

Southern Dry Savanna Pollinator Resources

UPs23

Southern Mesic Prairie Pollinator Resources

OP: Open Rich Peatland System Pollinator Resources

OPn81

Northern Shrub Shore Fen Pollinator Resources

OPn91

Northern Rich Fen (Water Track) Swamp Pollinator Resources

OPn92

Northern Rich Fen (Basin) Swamp Pollinator Resources

OPn93

Northern Extremely Rich Fen Pollinator Resources

OPp91

Prairie Rich Fen Pollinator Resources

OPp93

Prairie Extremely Rich Fen Pollinator Resources

WM: Wet Meadow/Carr System Pollinator Resources

WMn82

Northern Wet Meadow/Carr Pollinator Resources

WMs83

Southern Seepage Meadow/Carr Pollinator Resources

WMs92

Southern Basin Wet Meadow/Carr Pollinator Resources

WMp73

Prairie Wet Meadow/Carr Pollinator Resources

MR: Marsh System Pollinator Resources

MRn83

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh Pollinator Resources

MRn93

Northern Bulrush-Spikerush Marsh Pollinator Resources

MRp83

Prairie Mixed Cattail Marsh Pollinator Resources

MRp93

Prairie Bulrush-Arrowhead Marsh Pollinator Resources

WP: Wetland Prairie System Pollinator Resources

WPn53

Northern Wet Prairie Pollinator Resources

WPs54

Southern Wet Prairie Pollinator Resources