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I have had a fascination for a long time with butterflies.I have a small backyard so its probably only giong to be a few 6 or so flowers.I read in a website i need to know what butterflies live in my area.What butterflies live in Orlando Florida?What else do i need to know about making a butterfly garden?Thanks if u help!

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5 Responses to “how can i make a butterfly garden in my backyard?In Orlando?”

  1. GERALD G

    Go to a local nursery, and you will get all of the information necessary to do a good job!!

  2. Nao

    plant butterfly bushes. they have little purple flowers

  3. Jared

    this site shows the butterfly and the plant that attracts them.

    http://www.rickharrison.com/texts/info/bfly.html

  4. reynwater

    Florida butterflies: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=butterflies+of+fl&ygmasrchbtn=web+search&fr=ush-ans When you research them find out what plants they like to lay their eggs on. (Monarchs prefer milk weed for laying.) They’ll also lay on desireable plants and defoliate or kill them when they hatch and begin to eat.

    butterfly flowers: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=butterfly+flowers&ygmasrchbtn=web+search&fr=ush-ans

    They love zinia, cosmos, dianthus, impatiens…lots of pretty flowers.

  5. Tashi Delek

    Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia) now come in dwarf hybrids, so that you can have the flowers to attract the butterflies without the massive bulk.
    Butterflies absolutely love oregano plants. I have had plants bent under hundreds and hundreds of them. They also like:

    Butterfly Weed (Asclepias Tuberosa)
    Yarrow (Achillea)
    Schizanthus
    Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)
    Sea Thrift (Armeria)
    Valerian
    Centranthus
    Liatris (Kansas Gay Feather)
    Gaillardia (blanket flower)
    Lilacs
    Asters
    Chrysanthemums
    Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)
    Hesperis Matronalis (Sweet Rocket)
    Dianthus (pinks)

    Butterflies need food for the other stages of their lives, which means plants that are not so decorative or aesthetically pleasing. Nettles and milkweed are examples of favorites.

    Also, butterflies need a supply of water to drink from throughout the day. One of the easiest ways to supply this is to keep a large plant saucer filled with sand and keep it constantly soaking wet. The butterflies will swarm there to sip.

    Butterflies need a place to roost at night. Each species has preferences. There are hundreds of great web sites and books on the subject; just type in “butterfly gardening” on your search engine.

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