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I want to plant a Butterfly Garden in Southern California. Seasonal suggestions please?

I understand there are several steps and seasonal plants necessary for a good Butterfly Garden? Looking for info about the plants and seasons?

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  1. Garden Doc

    MASTER GARDENER TO THE RESCUE

    There are two parts to a butterfly garden. Plants for butterfly larvae and plants for adult butterfly….

    Here are a few examples for Southern Calif….

    Annuals and Perennials for butterfly LARVAE…
    common yarrow
    veronica
    penstemon
    mallow
    lupinus
    broccoli, cabbage and mustard
    wild buckwheat

    for ADULT butterfly…………..
    yarrow
    dianthus
    aster
    lobelia
    sweet pea
    phlox
    verbena
    candy tuft
    cosmos

    SHRUBS for LARVAE……
    cape plumbago
    hibiscus
    ceanothus
    rose
    cassia

    for ADULT butterfly…………
    honeysuckle
    lavender
    syringa
    rosemary
    rhus
    lantana
    scotch heather
    manzanita

    TREES for ADULT butterfly………
    acer
    willow
    citrus
    apple
    horsechestnut

    These are just a few examples. Plants vary with area so I suggest you contact your local Univ Extension and speak with a MASTER GARDENER for the best plants for your own neighborhood.

  2. Laura

    I live in zone 6, which is much cooler than your zone, but I believe most of my best butterfly plants would do well in your area: lilies, monarda (aka bee balm), lantana, phlox, rudbeckia (black eyed susan), Echinacea (coneflower), shasta daisies, butterfly bush, hibiscus,.

    Here are some lists of plants that butterflies love:
    http://plantsbulbs.suite101.com/article.cfm/plants_for_butterfly_gardens

    http://www.mswn.com/MSWNbutterflygardening.htm

    http://www.youcanlearnseries.com/Landscape/Plants/Plants.aspx

    http://butterflywebsite.com/butterflygardening.cfm

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