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Attracting Butterflies

Create a Butterfly Habitat That Your Friends Will Envy!

Author: Gina Burns

English: A Julia Butterfly in the garden

A Julia Butterfly in the garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Would you like to create a butterfly habitat that your friends will envy? Here is what you need to do! First, make sure that you plant flowers that will give the butterflies a steady source of nectar all through the summer months

You do not have to be a master gardener to have a butterfly habitat. You only need to plant butterfly flowers. After all, butterflies are not particular about nectar plants. They will seek out any flowers that produce abundant amounts of nectar for them.

It is quite simple to develop a butterfly habitat. You may even discover that you already grow some flowers that draw butterflies. With just a small amount of effort you can bring into existence a charming environment for these lovely winged creatures, and the butterflies will to flock to your yard.

If you are starting from scratch, and will be making a new flower bed for your butterfly habitat, you will first need to learn how to properly develop a planting bed for your flowers. If you will be making a new butterfly garden from the ground up, it is imperative to have information about how to enrich the soil and select the appropriate plants for your habitat.

When making a choice of where to establish your butterfly habitat, pick a place that is not isolated from other plants. Butterflies will be more apt to track down your garden if there are other plants nearby to lead them to your butterfly habitat. But if your butterfly habitat is the only patch of flowers in a extensive sea of grass, butterflies will not have much of an excuse to visit the area. If you have a strip of flowering shrubs and other butterfly-enticing plants that are spread out around your yard, the butterflies are much more disposed to spending time in your butterfly habitat.

The butterfly habitat should most certainly include a wide assortment of plants that are of interest to butterflies, and those blooms should be in a wide assortment of colors and heights. You should plant a number of different combinations of flowers in a wide range of sizes and colors. Think about planting rhododendrons,azaleas, and lilacs for height. Fragrant ‘James McFarland’ lilacs seem to be especially attractive to butterflies. Weigela, with its blooms that look like dainty bells, is another good shrub for attracting butterflies.

Every butterfly habitat needs Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Not only will the flashy orange blooms attract a large number of butterflies, but the plant will also supply food for caterpillars. Without the caterpillars there would be no butterflies. Dill and Parsley also supply food for butterfly caterpillars. If you are fortunate, you may even have Monarch butterflies laying their eggs on the milkweed and you can witness the entire life cycle, from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

Many other commonly grown blooms will attract butterflies, like Hollyhocks, Pentas, Cosmos, Black-Eyed Susans, Purple Coneflowers, Zinnias, Bee Balm, and Cleome. Buddleia, also known as butterfly bush, is a must in any butterfly garden. If you have room for this large plant, Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) will entice large numbers of hummingbirds and butterflies with its bright orange blooms.

Design your butterfly habitat so there are flowers all summer long. The Azaleas, Rhododendrons, and Lilacs will provide a spring snack for butterflies, followed by summer-blooming plants including the Buddleia and Asclepias. In the fall, butterflies will sip nectar from ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum and Asters.

Together with providing food for butterflies, your butterfly habitat should also furnish them with a resting place as well as a sanctuary from the cold and wind. Put flat rocks in your garden where the butterflies can warm themselves. It is even more desirable if the rocks have shallow depressions where water will puddle and turn into a place for butterflies to meet up for a drink.

A small log pile will furnish shelter from the weather for butterflies in your habitat. You can also purchase butterfly shelters that look rather like tall, narrow birdhouses with several slots for entrances. These may attract butterflies, but in my experience yellow jackets have a tendency to move in, and this can prevent any butterflies from entering.

One last element that every butterfly habitat should have is a comfortable bench placed where you can sit down and admire the beautiful butterflies. After all, you have created this butterfly habitat not only for the butterflies; but also for your own (and your friends!) enjoyment as well.

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About the Author

Gina Burns is an avid gardener and writer. She enjoys getting outside to work in her many different types of gardens. Butterfly gardening is a special pastime for Gina, it keeps her connected with fond childhood memories, and close to nature by watching all the butterflies that are found there. Learn more about butterfly gardening at her site

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TROPICAL SUNSET Flower Seed – Asclepias curassavica – Scarlet Milkweed Seeds – Zones 3 – 10 (1000 Seeds – 1000 Seeds)

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Crop of Image:Asclepias curassavica.jpg. Asclepias curassavica, from the Milkweed family. Common names: scarlet milkweed, bloodflower, silkweed, Indian root. Taken in my backyard in Sarasota, Florida, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Asclepias curassavica – Scarlet Milkweed, Sunset Flower Seeds
This tender perennial is native to South America, but has naturalized worldwide in many tropical and subtropical areas.

It is part of the milkweed family, and as such, exudes a milky sap from the stem and leaves when cut. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on this plant, and the resulting larvae use the plant leaves as a food source.

The flowers are red-orange with yellow hoods, and bloom for a longer period than the perennial milkweeds that are winter hardy in some areas. These brilliant wildflowers also attract hummingbirds!

Like most milkweeds, it has opposite leaves and milky sap. The leaves are about 5 in (12.7 cm) long, narrowly elliptic, and pointed at both ends. Scarlet milkweed gets about 3-4 ft (0.6-0.9 m) tall and usually has a few pairs of symmetrical branches.

The flowers are orange and red and borne in terminal and axillary clusters that are 2-4 in (5.1-10.2 cm) across. It blooms continuously from spring until autumn. The fruits are spindle shaped pods, 3-4 in (7.6-10.2 cm) long, that eventually split open to release little flat seeds that drift away on silky parachutes

Origin: Not US Native
Other Common Names: Bloodflower, Silkweed, Indian Root, Cotton Bush, Sunset Flower
Duration: Annual
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 18″ to 36″
Spacing: 15″ to 18″
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium
USDA Zone: 3a-10b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Soak seeds in hot water for 24 hours, then sow seeds on soil surface at 70F and water.

All milkweeds are poisonous if ingested, and the milky sap is a skin irritant. The butterflies whose caterpillars feed on milkweeds contain the same poisonous glycosides and are poisonous as well. (more…)

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Burpee 40965 Mixed Flowers Rainbow Colors Seed Packet

Burpee Mixed Flowers Rainbow Colors Seed Packet

Burpee Mixed Flowers Rainbow Colors Seed Packet

Burpee Mixed Flowers Rainbow Colors Seed Packet

Mixture includes 20% each of Calendula, Cornflower, Cosmos, and Crimson Clover; 15% of Annual Baby’s Breath and 5% of Gloriosa Daisy.

  • Days to Maturity: 65
  • Non-GMO and easy to grow
  • Mixture includes 20% each of Calendula, Cornflower, Cosmos, and Crimson Clover; 15% of Annual Baby’s Breath and 5% of Gloriosa Daisy
  • Bold mix attracts butterflies
  • Germination rate: 70%

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Rosmarinus Officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’ Great Culinary Herb, Too

'Tuscan Blue' Rosemary Plants (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

‘Tuscan Blue’ Rosemary Plants (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

As with all varieties of rosemary, it performs
very well in pots and may be brought indoors for winter use.
Tuscan Blue rosemary has a lemon-y tang that goes along with its pine flavor and scent.
It is not as harsh a taste as most other varieties and partners well with chicken, lamb, and fish.

  • Homegrown by 9GreenBox
  • Rosemary is a great culinary herb for the garden, and the broad, bushy cultivar ‘Tuscan Blue’ has the added appeal of distinctly sea green foliage and violet-blue flowers.
  • In the South, it is classified as a shrub.Throughout the year, this Mediterranean native has needle-like leaves, which are very fragrant from afar. In mid-spring to early summer, its small violet blue flowers cover the plants and attract bees and butterflies. Prune the plants after flowering and in the summer, fertilize potted plants after the flowers have appeared.
  • As with all varieties of rosemary, it performs very well in pots and may be brought indoors for winter use. Tuscan Blue rosemary has a lemon-y tang that goes along with its pine flavor and scent. It is not as harsh a taste as most other varieties and partners well with chicken, lamb, and fish.
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Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard

Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard

Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Backyard reveals the secrets for creating irresistible gardens and a welcoming landscape, which will lure these amazing creatures up close and personal for your enjoyment and wonder!

The book includes a field guide to the 16 hummingbird species found in North America and 75 of the most popular butterfly species, along with Roths entertaining and insightful guide to butterfly and hummingbird behavior.

  • Learn The Screts!
  • Attract Butterflies & Hummingbirds!

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Topsy Turvy® Hummingbird Upside Down Planter – red

The topsy turvy hummingbird hangout planter is the most unique, hassle free way to grow abundant flowers.

Topsy turvy is the famous upside down planter, where gravity forces the water and nutrients to pour directly down from the root to the flower. It features easy to use, efficient grow bag technology and it has seven side ports for an even more luscious flower yield.

Simply place your favorite flowering plant in the topsy turvy, add favorite potting soil, hang it up and water. Sun warms the plant like a green house. The root system explodes and thrives inside the planter.

No need for pesticides, digging or weeding. Hanging in the air eliminates ground fungus, harmful bacteria and cutworm damage.

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Lemon Queen seeds for soft yellow flowers that attract butterflies

Lemon Queen seeds for soft yellow flowers that attract butterflies

Lemon Queen Sunflower Seeds

Common name: Lemon Queen Sunflower

Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus

Cycle: Annual

Color ” Lemon Yellow

Height: 5-6′tall

Origin: Native to the Americas

Germination Time: 10-20 days, depending on soil and weather conditions.

Planting Season: Spring or Fall

Bloom Season: Summer

Light Requirements: Full Sun, Mostly Sunny, Half Sun / Half Shade

Soil Moisture: Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Drained Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Drought/Dry Soil Ideal Growing

Region: All regions of North America Zones 1-10

Other Information: Hedge / Screen, Showy Flowers, Extended Blooms, Easy to Grow

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Hummingbird Scarlet Firebush

Hamelia Patens is known as Hummingbird or Scarlet Firebush producing long tubular bright orange red clusters which attract hummingbirds..

Blooms late spring thru fall. May be used as a bedding plant, container gardening, or as shrubs in the deep south…Cannot Freeze.

  • attracts hummingbirds
  • scarlet orange red tubular flowers
  • blooms spring thru fall
  • great for containers
  • tolerates full sun and heat

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Butterfly Garden Plants



Creating a butterfly habitat is not as difficult as many people might believe. Following a few simple steps and growing the right butterfly garden plants will bring a mass of butterflies to your backyard for years to come.

Having the most desirable plants available to butterflies goes a long way in drawing the most with the least amount of effort. Let’s begin with identifying which plants attract butterflies, by their nectar, and then move on to the butterfly host plants.

Butterfly Nectar Plants – Most Common

  • Butterfly Bush
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Common Milkweed
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Autumn Joy Sedum
  • Marigolds
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Garlic Chives
  • Red Clover
  • Lilacs

The butterfly host plants are used mainly by the butterflies for laying eggs and as a source of nutrition for the caterpillars.

Butterfly Host Plants – Most Common

  • Most of the Milkweed family
  • Pawpaw Tree
  • Alfalfa
  • Herbs (such as Parsley & Dill)
  • Clover family
  • Mustard family
  • Willows

By planting these commonly available garden plants you can attract the most wide array of butterflies to your garden. You’ll want to also plant an assortment of other perennials and grasses to provide a cover for your butterflies to retreat to.

Your butterfly garden wouldn’t be complete without a place for the butterflies to drink from. While you may find a desperate butterfly taking a sip at the edge of a bird bath, you would do well to give them a more natural watering hole. If you don’t have a naturally wet spot in your garden you can easily make your own by filling a shallow container with some sand and then keeping the water level right below the surface of the sand. That way the butterflies can actually land on the damp surface and take a drink.

While there are many more garden plants that you could grow to draw specific types of butterflies, these tips will draw a host of butterflies to your garden in a hurry. Don’t forget that once you create your butterfly habitat, you should be responsible in the maintenance of it.

Copyright © 2009 – Brian French – All rights reserved

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Learn more about garden trees & plants at the author’s gardening information website, where you’ll find many more how to gardening articles.
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