Gardening Tips

Butterfly Gardening

"Finding fun in the flitter"

 

July 2004

Feed Caterpillars with Host Plants

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Caterpillar Host
Monarch Milkweed
Painted Lady Legumes
Red Admiral Nettles
Black Swallowtail Umbellifers
Zebra Swallowtail PawPaw
Gray Hairstreak Variety
Silver Checkerspot Sunflowers
Carolina Sphinx Moth (Hornworm) TomatoTobacco
Eastern Tailed Blue Legumes
Least Skipper Grasses
Luna Moth Various Trees Cattail

Create a Beneficial Environment

  • Choose a sunny spot
  • Create mass plantings
  • Use long flowering plants
  • Provide a variety of flowering nectar plants
  • Provide a variety of host plants
  • Employ fragrant flowers
  • Provide wind breaks
  • Provide resting/hiding places
  • Provide shallow water for puddling
  • Provide fruit tray
  • Stop using pesticides
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Attract Butterflies with Nectar Plants
Annuals
  • Verbena
  • Pentas
  • Lantana
  • Ageratum
  • Heliotrope
  • Petunia
  • Zinnia
  • Marigold
  • Herbs
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Bee Balm
  • Agastache
  • Lavender
  • Thyme
Wildflowers
& Perennials
  • Milkweed
  • Sedum
  • Coneflower
  • Coreopsis
  • Salvia
  • Daisy
  • Dianthus
  • Lobelia
  • Yarrow
  • Goldenrod
  • Gaillardia
  • Asters
  • Scabiosa
Shrubs
& Trees
  • Butterfly Bush SummerSweet Buckeye
  • Cherry
  • Willow
  • Spicebush
  • Abelia
  • Arrowwood
  • Lilac
  • Mock Orange

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