Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Garden to Attract Monarchs and Others

Consider adding native plants (like the Butterfly Milkweed featured in the photo on this post) that act as a food source for butterflies to your gardens and yard.  A butterfly garden contains food plants for butterfly caterpillars and nectar plants for the adult butterflies.  Tangles of roots, logs, and stumps create cavity areas for pupating caterpillars.

There are several native milkweeds that are an important food source for Monarch Butterflies, a species at risk, currently in population decline.

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Butterfly Milkweed (above)

 

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Wild Columbine – woodland nectar plant

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Blue Harebell – full sun, long blooming – nectar plant

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Butterfly feeding on the nectar of a Coneflower

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A butterfly garden should always have larval host plants

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Above and below – examples of butterfly gardens

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