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14 Responses to “Looking for plants for a butterfly garden. Suggestions?”

  1. Swordsman

    Get a butterfly bush

  2. Tab H

    Butterfly bush, Bee Balm

  3. ASHESLYNN812

    Butterflies like bright colors like red and orange. They also like a tubular shaped flower.

  4. All 4 JR

    Astibule, Bee Balm, Cone flower, cosmos….brain lock. Hope these help.

  5. need2knw

    Yarrow, butterfly bush almost ant flower that has multiple flowers that form a big flower. Try this site.

    http://www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat/attractbutterflies.cfm .

  6. reunionrowdies

    Actually, butterfly bush is not that good at attracting butterflies.

    It depends on where you live. But generally, native sages and honeysuckles are great at attracting butterflies. Some more specific choices include butterfly weed, milkweed and flame acanthus (for the southern climate). Butterflies are attracted to the nectar of those plants. Some trees are good host plants for butterfly larvae, such as hackberry, wafer ash, and mexican plum (also for southern climates)

  7. skyeblue

    Lantana is excellent, plus the fact they can grow rather large, have thousands of blooms, and are easy on the eye. Butterfly bush, Hummingbird vine, sunflower plants, Brugmansia, Datura Angel Trumpet, Peony or anything with bright red and yellow blooms. All of these plants would be lovely for a butterfly garden.

  8. bellgoebel

    One good way to determine this for your area is to look at what attracts butterflies naturally in your area and work from there. You have lots of good suggestions here already, although I do disagree with the one fellow that says butterfly bush (Buddleia) isn’t that great at attracting butterflies. I’ve got a dozen Buddleia right now and the perennial bed is alive with butterflies. Lantana (which is a tender perennial. It won’t winter much north of zone 6), Salvias (sage and perennial blooming salvias), verbenas of perennial and annual varieties, and lots of prairie wildflowers (Gaillardia, daisies, Coreopsis, Liatris spicata, Achillea {yarrow} for example) all work beautifully here in zone 5. Milkweed, fennel, dill and parsley are all attractive to reproducing butterflies, so I let the milkweed grow where it show up and cultivate the herbs for caterpillars.

  9. keepsondancing

    Annuals: Alyssum, Cleome, Cosmos, Fuschia, Geranium, Impatiens, Morning Glory, Nasturtiums, Nicotiana, Petunia, Salvia, Snapdragons.

    Zone 4 hardy Perennials: Alcea, Aquilegia, Asclepius, Campanulas, Delphinium, Digitalis, Heuchera, Lilium, Lobelia, Monarda, Penstemon, Salvia.

    Also: fennel, milkweed.

  10. GARDEN DOK. MG.

    MASTER GARDENER TO THE RESCUE

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

    here are a few examples…

    annuals and perennials for butterfly larvae…
    common yarrow
    veronica
    penstemon
    mallow
    lupinus
    broccoli, cabbage and mustard
    wild buckwheat

    for adult butterflys…………..
    yarrow
    dianthus
    aster
    lobelia
    sweet pea
    phlox
    verbena
    candy tuft
    cosmos

    shrubs for larvae……
    cape plumbago
    hibiscus
    ceanothus
    rose
    cassia

    for adult butterflys…………
    honeysuckle
    lavender
    syringa
    rosemary
    rhus
    lantana
    scotch heather
    manzanita

    trees for adult butterflys………
    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 local master gardener for the best plants for your own neighborhood.

  11. jrgaither1008

    Butterfly bush and duranta repens.

  12. benloughmiller@sbcglobal.net

    Asclepias, salvia greggii, turks cap mallow, lantana(any color), Penta lanceolata

  13. fozzymozzy

    A beautiful perennial i have in my garden called ‘Verbeena’ they love it.

  14. monty

    hebes and budhlia

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