There are two types of butterfly attracting plants. The first type have flowers that provide nectar or fruit for adult butterflies, and the second type are host plants that provide food for butterfly larvae (caterpillars).
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Butterfly host plants and butterfly nectar plants for Butterfly Gardens. Aristolochia, Asclepias (Butterfly weed), Buddleia (buddleja ... Butterfly bush), Liatris and many more.
Many people love to garden because they enjoy nature and the beauty of plants. In addition, some flowering plants attract brightly colored wildlife to the garden whose kinetic energy and flashing colors greatly add to the visual appeal. Butterflies are the most prized gardening accessory, followed by hummingbirds, birds and then insects, garden gnomes and pink flamingos. We have searched through our enormous database of perennials to create this collection of the best butterfly attracting flowers for perennial gardens.
What flowers attract butterflies? There are two types of butterfly attracting plants. The first type have flowers that provide nectar or fruit for adult butterflies, and the second type are host plants that provide food for butterfly larvae (caterpillars). Each butterfly species has a small set of plants they prefer, so good butterfly gardens will contain a wide variety of butterfly attracting flowers to bring in the most diverse mix of lepidopterons.
As a general rule, the best butterfly attracting flowers produce clusters of colorful, tubular flowers. You should plant butterfly attracting plants together in large groups to provide an all-you-can-eat buffet for butterflies. Mix up the flowering dates so that your garden provides food all year long. In addition to plants, a good butterfly garden will provide shallow pools of drinking water, some flat stones for basking, and some shady, protected spots for butterflies to cool-down in and escape high winds. Remember not to spray insecticides on your butterfly garden in order to preserve the adults and caterpillars. In fact, good butterfly gardens should be well-chewed up.
The following is a list of the best butterfly attracting plants available at Plant Delights Nursery. The list is divided into nectar plants and larvae host plants so when you design your butterfly garden, choose a variety of plants from the Nectar column and from the Larvae column. When you are ready to buy butterfly attracting flowers for your butterfly garden, you can use the list below.
List of nectar and fruit plants for adult butterflies (What flowers attract butterflies)