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6 Responses to “I want to attract butterflies to my garden, what is the best and easiest butterfly flower to grow?”

  1. pondlady

    Buddleia is great. If you are up north, milkweed is wonderful. They love all the salvias as well.

  2. Gina

    I have found that the best and easiest flowers to grow that attract butterflies are Zinnias. I plant them every year in my garden and I have never seen them fail to attract butterflies to my garden. For more information please visit me at http://my-butterfly-garden.com/36/flowers-that-a…ct-butterflies/

    I hope you find this information helpful

    Best of Luck,

    Gina

  3. Autumn Leaves

    Zinnias. They also attract birds.

  4. chickengal

    one of the easiest is “butterfly bush”{budleia},it is actually a shrub and grows fast!,you can even train it into a small tree!,and comes in an array of colors,purple,pink.yellow,more.also,butterflys love verbena,which makes a wonderful flowering groundcover,and also comes in alot of colors,purple,red,pink etc.,and another that i dont see alot of people have in their yards is chaste tree/vitex,it looks somewhat like the butterfly bush with flowers being similiar and grows into a small to medium size tree.I would look up butterflys on internet/library to get a list of nice plants for your yard!

  5. BobT

    One of the best ways to attract butterflies is to grow the plants the caterpillars feed on depending on where you live, in the long run you will be far more successful. There are a number of butterflies native to the Eastern US that are slowly be squeezed out because they actually need the food plant more than the flowers that most people hope will attract them. For instance, Spicebush will attract the spicebush swallowtail and once you plant it you will see them regularly. Paw Paw is the food source for the Zebra swallowtail and is a good example of a native tree that is almost never planted and thus you never see the butterfly anymore. Viceroy butterfly feeds on willow shrubs/trees (they look very much like Monarchs). I could make a lengthy list but it’s worth investigating if you’re serious.

  6. jeffd

    Buddleia aka Butterfly Bushes. They are stunning when in bloom and you have so many bloom colors to choose from. Here’s a link to view the different plants and their blooms. http://www.naturehills.com/catalog/Bushes_and_Shrubs/Butterfly_Bushes.aspx

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