February is still considered winter in the UK, but there are still some plants that can provide food and habitat for pollinators during this time. Here are some examples of flowering plants that may be attractive to pollinators in February in the UK:
- Snowdrops (Galanthus): These small, delicate bulbs produce white, bell-shaped flowers that can emerge as early as January or February, depending on the climate.
- Crocuses (Crocus): Crocuses are a genus of small, perennial plants that produce cup-shaped flowers in shades of purple, white, yellow, and orange. They can begin to bloom in February in milder climates.
- Winter Aconite (Eranthis): This small, early-flowering plant produces bright yellow, cup-shaped flowers that provide an important early food source for bees and other pollinators.
- Mahonia (Mahonia): Mahonia is a genus of evergreen shrubs that produce clusters of fragrant, yellow flowers in late winter or early spring, attracting early emerging bees and other pollinators.
- Hellebores (Helleborus): Hellebores, also known as Lenten roses, produce elegant, bell-shaped flowers in shades of white, pink, purple, and green. They are early-blooming plants that can begin to flower in late winter and provide a valuable food source for bees and other pollinators.
It’s important to note that the availability and timing of flowering plants may vary depending on your specific location and climate in the UK. It’s always a good idea to consult with local gardening resources or experts to determine the best plants for attracting pollinators in your area.