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Attract Nature’s Fairies – Butterflies!

Attract Nature’s Fairies – Butterflies!

How to Attract Butterflies

Remember, Butterflies are only one stage of a four-part life cycle (metamorphosis) which begins with an egg that becomes a larva (caterpillar), which turns into a pupa (chrysalis) that finally emerges into an exquisite adult flying insect.

• Plants that attract Butterflies in the garden are not just about providing nectar to the adult. They are also used for laying eggs, food for the larvae, and pupating.

• Plant a variety of flowering plants that Butterflies are attracted to for three seasons.

• Butterflies are attracted to the scents of certain garden plants rather than the flower colour and shape.

Plant Varieties:

Some crossover plants that will beckon both Butterflies and Hummingbirds are:

  • Lilac
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Butterflybush
  • Bee Balm
  • Lavender
  • Liatris
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Nicotiana (Annual)

Attract more nectar feeders: Hummingbirds and Orioles.

Spring:

  • Candytuft (Perennial)
  • Primula (Perennial)
  • Wall Cress (Perennial)
  • Soapwort (Perennial)
  • Bridalwreath Spirea (Shrub)
  • Viburnum (Fragrant Varieties, Shrub)

 Summer:

  • Heliotrope
  • Alyssum
  • Cosmos
  • Lantana
  • Shasta Daisy (Perennial)
  • Helen’s Flower (Perennial)
  • Coneflower (Perennial)
  • Pincushion Flower (Perennial)
  • Daylily (Perennial)
  • Tickseed (Perennial)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Perennial)
  • Butterfly Weed (Perennial)

Shrubs:

  • Summersweet
  • Caryoptens
  • Potentilla

Autumn:

  • Chrysanthemums
  • Sedums
  • Asters