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I have tons of lilis in my garden in the suburbs and i get flocks of butterflies to this garden. there are also a fair amount of daisies and other “wildflower” types of plants – I would really mix things up with wildflower mixes. That might work well.
Lantana, buddleia, pentas, firespike, milkweed. Start there and learn the rest at your local nursery.
Butterfly’s are attracted to bright colors. Here are a few I know work great.
Pentas, Butterfly Bush, butterfly weed(asclepias), Cleome
Necessities for a butterfly garden
Provide flowers to feed adults.
Dense “clusters” of small flowers such as zinnias, marigolds, tithonia, buddleia, milkweeds, verbenas, and many mint family plants generally work well.
Plant good nectar sources in the sun!
Your key butterfly nectar source plants should receive full sun from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Butterfly adults generally feed only in the sun. If sun is limited in your landscape, try adding butterfly nectar sources to the vegetable garden.
No to insecticides!
Insecticides such as malathion, Sevin, and diazinon are marketed to kill insects. Don’t use these materials in or near the butterfly garden or better, anywhere on your property. Even “benign” insecticides, such as Bacillus thuringiensis, are lethal to butterflies (while caterpillars).
Feed butterfly caterpillars.
If you don’t “grow” caterpillars, there will be no adults. Bringing caterpillar foods into your garden can greatly increase your chances of attracting unusual and uncommon butterflies, while giving you yet another reason to plant an increasing variety of native plants. In many cases, caterpillars of a species feed on only a very limited variety of plants. Most butterfly caterpillars never cause the leaf damage we associate with some moth caterpillars such as bag worms, tent caterpillars, or gypsy moths.
There are tons of others. Check out these sites.
The general requirements for butterfly gardening are : sunny , preferably wind protected area, some water or wet sand, nectar source plants, larval host plants, & a pesticide-free environment.
Adult butterflies are attracted to sweet, sharp and fragrant smells and the colors orange, yellow, pink, purple and red. All varieties love wild flowers & need both nectar plants and larval food plants to keep their life cycle going.
Some Butterfly Attracting Plants:
Alpine rockcress (Arabis alpina), Aster, Azalea, Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Weed, Bugle (Ajuga), Campion/ Catchfly (Silene), Caragana/ Pea tree (Caragana aurantiaca), Catmint/ Catnip (Nepeta x faasseniii), Chives (Allium schoenoprasum), Common marjoram (Origanum vulgare), Cosmos, Clover, Daisy, Daylily, Egyptian Star Flower, Field eryngo (Eryngium), French Marigold, Geranium, Heliopsis, Heliotrope, Hemp agrimony (Eupatorium purpureum), Honesty (Lunaria), Honeysuckle (Lonicera x tellmania), Hyssop, Iris, Ironweed, Joe-Pye Weed, Knapweed (Centaurea), Knautia Scabious, Lantana, Lavender, Lilacs, Leopards-bane (Doronicum), Ligularia, Martagon lily, Masterwort (Astrantia), Mezereon (Daphne), Mouse-ear (Cerastrium), Pennycress (Thlaspi), Petunia, Phlox, Pink (Dianthus), Pincushion flower (Scabiosa), Primrose (Primula), Purple Coneflower, Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), Ragged robin (Lychnis), Siberian squill, Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata),Snakeroot (Liatris spicata), Speedwell (Veronica), Stoke’s Aster, Stonecrops (Sedum), Blazing Star, Sweet pea , Thrift rose (Armeria), Thistle, Tickseed (Coreopsis), Vervain (Verbena), Vetch (Vicia), Viburnum, Yellow chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria), Zinnia.
A variety of blossoms offer nectar to adult butterflies, while leafy food sources, such as parsley, nourish the larvae. “Butterfly bush” lures butterflies of all sorts. Rocks are convenient perches for butterflies to sun themselves, and a birdbath provides water.
Here is a detailed butterfly garden plan… Locate it where it receives six or more hours of sun daily:
Plants listed for Monarch butterflies besides Milkweed which Monarch butterflies eat & thrive on.
Nectar source plants:
Larval host plants(by butterfly)
Here’s info on Monarch Migration:
Common butterfly attracting plants & caterpillars food plants:
Butterfly catterpillar host plant, & butterfly nectar source:
Photos: Click on links for info & to view each type of butterfly :
Good luck! Hope this helps.
Lots of flowers. Just wildly plant them every which way. And keep bowls of water if you dont have a natural pond.
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