There are a lot of lists out there that suggest plants that attract butterflies. These are a great help for sure, but I've found a few "super-attracting butterfly" plants out there that really fill the bill. They aren't exotic or difficult to grow either which makes them a huge garden bonus.
I know this post is about the plants and all you see are the butterflies. Well, the butterflies are the evidence that these plants really do attract butterflies. And who minds looking at butterfly pics anyway?
This brings us to a perennial that is a great flower all around and is native to boot. Purple Coneflower or Echinacea is a classic that should be in every garden. I've seen so many insects and butterflies on these plants, it's like a fast food restaurant at lunch time. Also, if you leave the seed heads on, they will attract goldfinches to your garden as well. They love to eat the seeds of this plant and it's a great economical way to feed the little guys. I really love watching birds eat "naturally" even though feeders can be fun.
Which brings me back to the subject of butterflies and the last plant pictured here (and with the yellow tiger swallowtail in the first pic.) This is my easiest and sure fire butterfly attractor plant and one that I refuse to not have in the landscape. Best of all, it's a perennial, a bush and it's pretty! Yes, I am referring to Butterfly Bush or "Buddleia davidii." It totally lives up to it's name and is well worth every penny spent. I've had mine for over ten years and it keeps on coming back, flowering in late spring well into August - September. I do randomly dead head the flowers in order to keep them producing. The flowers just get smaller but keep coming on making a continual butterfly show! So, from someone who has grown one, this plant is the one to beat for bringing those winged lovelies in to your space. Here's a site to purchase your own or to find out more info about them.
|Okay, this is the coolest...a monarch and yellow tiger feasting on the same bloom from a butterfly bush!|
Okay, that's the low down on what I have experienced as fool proof butterfly attractors! Hopefully it will inspire you with ideas with what to plant in your space. What flowers or plants have you grown which the butterflies love? I would really love to hear what you have grown! Blessings!
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