Butterfly Gardening -- Nectar Sources

By The Old House Web
Cultivated Flowers:

1. White Alyssum 2. Blackberry Lily 3. Daisies 4. Lantana 5. Marigolds 6. Pink Live-Forever (Sedum alboroseum) 7. Pink Phlox 8. Purple Aster 9. Zinnias


1. Blazing Stars (Liatris) 2. Black-Eyed Susan 3. Boneset (Eupatorium) 4. Clover 5. Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) 6. Coneflowers 7. Goat's beard 8. Goldenrods 9. Dogbane 10. Ironweed (Veronia) 11. Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium) 12. Milkweeds 13. Phlox 14. New England Aster 15. Spearmint 16. Thistles 17. Verbena 18. Wild Bergamot (Monarda)

Shrubs and Trees

1. Buckeye (Aesculus) 2. Butterfly Bush (Buddelia) 3. Blueberries (Vaccinium) 4. Hawthorns (Crataegus) 5. Fruit Trees 6. New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus) 7. Privet (Ligustrum) 8. Lilac (Syringa) 9. Redbud (Cercis) 10. Spicebush (Lindera) 11. Spirea (Spirea) 12. Sumac (Rhus)

Remember that butterflies are attracted to the flowers. Look for plants that bloom in the late spring and summer. That may be difficult for most trees and shrubs but there are some forms that bloom later. Check with a nurseryman.

See: Butterfly Gardening--Larval Food


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