Butterflies and flowers were made for each other, and there are certain flowers that butterflies absolutely love to be around. As the poet pointed out, butterflies are flying flowers, and flowers are tethered butterflies.
In attracting butterflies to your garden, it’s important to understand what they want most out of life: nectar. The ancients, who believed that nectar fell directly from heaven, named it after the wines of the gods.
A butterfly’s wish list also includes sunny open spaces, shelter from the wind, and fresh water. They also look for host plants where they will lay their eggs (some butterfly species are fussier than others as to what plants are best); once the larvae hatch, the host plants will serve as food for the developing caterpillars. To encourage butterflies to your garden, it is good to include food for both young (host plants) and adults (nectar plants).
List of Plants That Attract Butterflies
For a nectar-rich flower border designed to attract adult butterflies, consider the plants listed below. Then invite a few butterflies over for a drink.
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