Perennials for Butterflies

IMG_5716Butterflies make a garden come to life while they busily flutter from plant to plant sipping nectar. If you want to attract more butterflies to your garden, it’s important to not only plant those nectar rich plants, but also ‘host’ plants for the butterflies to live out their life cycle in your garden. While this list is not exhaustive, it will get you started on creating your own ecosystem for our friends, the butterflies.

Burnett’s Country Gardens has been lucky enough to host many butterflies through their life cycle. It is a beautiful journey they take and of course the fully mature butterfly in flight is majestic!

 

Try these perennial nectar plants:

  • Aster (Aster spp.)
  • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Blazing Stars (Liatris spp.)
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
  • Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
  • Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.)
  • Dianthus Family (Dianthus spp.)
  • Salvia (Salvia spp.) is currently on sale! Our 2 gallon Salvia May Nights are 20% off  through June 6th, 2018!
  • Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum spp.)
  • Violet (Viola spp. )
  • Woodland Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum)
  • Yarrow (Achillea spp.)

Try these perennial host plants:

  • Aster (Aster spp.)
  • False Indigo (Baptisia australis)
  • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
  • Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)
  • False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)
  • Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
  • Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum spp.)
  • Silver Brocade (Artemisia stellariana)
  • Violet (Viola spp. )
  • Woodland Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum)

 

*Photo by Heather Shells