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Plants for Butterflies

By choosing a number of different flowers and shrubs that are fed on by butterflies you will ensure that butterflies visit your garden. Even in a small area you can make a bright, diverse, and colorful butterfly friendly garden that is attractive throughout the growing season. Butterflies need food (nectar plants), cover, water, and plants to lay their eggs on.

When putting together a butterfly garden or improving your local area to be more suitable habitat for butterflies, plan ahead. Determine what environmental conditions you have: soil type and light conditions will dictate which plants are best for your area. Try to proved some areas within your garden that are sheltered from wind so the butterflies can rest and feed with out being blown about. For most plants that attractive butterflies, at least six hours of direct sunlight each day is best, but some plants will grow in areas with less.

Group your plants in large diverse plantings; this will optimize the gardens display and attraction for butterflies. The butterflies will be able to locate your plants from a longer distance away and will more likely find some plants that they like and stay longer. Use plants that vary in color, size, and their season of bloom. Provide a variety of plants that have flowers with different flower shapes. Butterflies have varying lengths of tongues, which are called proboscises, which determine the flowers they can best feed from.

Good butterfly gardens also have cover and shelter to protect the butterflies during windy weather, or when predators come into the area. Broad-leaved trees, shrubs, tall grasses, and piles of sticks and logs are suitable shelter areas. Since butterflies are insect, which relay on the sun to warm their bodies, several sunbathing perches in open and sunny areas throughout the garden will be welcomed by most butterflies. Water sources, which can include, ponds, birdbaths, pans, and buckets are most welcome by butterflies and will provide needed water. If mud is also availed it can provide some needed nutrients.

Code Name Image Price  
SABD-A9 Agastache 'Blue Delight' Agastache 'Blue Delight' $2.35
Ag99-A9 Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee' Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee' $2.99
AGN4-A3 Agastache nepetoides   $2.00
SABL-H5 Agastache scrophulariifolia 'Blue Licorice' Agastache scrophulariifolia 'Blue Licorice' $2.95
AGH7 Agastache urticifolia   $2.35
SAFH-A3 Alcea ficifolia hybrids 'Mixed Colors' Alcea ficifolia hybrids 'Mixed Colors' $2.50
AA7T-A6 Allium senescens 'Tanguticum'   $2.45
ASSM-A7 Allium senescens ssp. montanum   $2.45
AAX4 Angelica archangelica Angelica archangelica $1.95
AG26-A2 Angelica gigas Angelica gigas $3.99
4XS1-A1 Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red'   $3.45
ACSY-A3 Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold'   $2.65
ASC2-A1 Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Scarlet'   $2.80
AIM1-A9 Asclepias incarnata Asclepias incarnata $2.00
ASC1-A3 Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' $2.95
AIIB-A4 Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' $2.85
ASIM-A8 Asclepias incarnata 'Mixed'   $2.00
AP07-A3 Asclepias physocarpa Asclepias physocarpa $2.99
ACPL-A7 Asclepias speciosa Asclepias speciosa $2.65
AS01-A9 Asclepias sullivantii Asclepias sullivantii $2.40
AS02-A8 Asclepias syriaca Asclepias syriaca $2.00
ATHY-A9 Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' $3.99
AV01 Asclepias verticillata Asclepias verticillata $2.95
ATGM-A2 Asclepias X tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies Mix' Asclepias X tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies Mix' $2.95
CO2G-A3 Cosmos bipinnatus 'Rubenza' Cosmos bipinnatus 'Rubenza' $2.00
99CO-A3 Cosmos sulphureus 'Cosmic Orange' Cosmos sulphureus 'Cosmic Orange' $2.25
ECF4-A3 Echinacea angustifolia Echinacea angustifolia $2.55
EC75-A3 Echinacea pallida Echinacea pallida $2.00
EPHD-A9 Echinacea pallida 'Hula Dancer' Echinacea pallida 'Hula Dancer' $2.65
EP32-A9 Echinacea paradoxa Echinacea paradoxa $2.65
ECHP-A3 Echinacea purpurea Echinacea purpurea $2.00
EPRS-A7 Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinstern' Ruby Star Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinstern' Ruby Star $3.05
EPWS-A1 Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' $2.45
ECF2-A3 Echinacea tennesseensis Echinacea tennesseensis $2.65
513E-A3 Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top Hybrids' Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top Hybrids' $2.45
EC02 Echinops ruthenicus 'Platinum Blue' Echinops ruthenicus 'Platinum Blue' $3.55
1ED1-A3 Echinops sphaerocephalus Echinops sphaerocephalus $2.45
1ED3 Echinops sphaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow' Echinops sphaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow' $2.95
N88L-A6 Eupatorium maculatum (hort)   $2.95
310E-A8 Eupatorium purpureum   $2.35
24FO-A9 Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce 'Rubrum'   $2.45
HEMA-A3 Heliotropium arborescens 'Marine'   $1.95
HAMM-A3 Heliotropium arborescens 'Mini Marine'   $1.95
LIA1-A7 Liatris pycnostachya   $2.00
LSFV-A3 Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'   $1.95
LSK7-A9 Liatris spicata 'Kobold'   $2.00
MMA1-A6 Malva moschata 'White Perfection'   $2.00
MSBH-A1 Malva sylvestris 'Brave Heart'   $3.65
MSMM-A1 Malva sylvestris 'Mystic Merlin'   $3.65
MSZ1-A8 Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'   $2.00
SA2G-A3 Salvia argentea Salvia argentea $2.65
4SX3-A3 Salvia azurea   $2.45
SCCN-A1 Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph' Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph' $2.65
SAL6-A2 Salvia coccinea 'Hummingbird Forest Fire' Salvia coccinea 'Hummingbird Forest Fire' $2.19
SFBB-A8 Salvia farinacea 'Blue Bedder'   $2.00
SFS3-A3 Salvia farinacea 'Strata' Salvia farinacea 'Strata' $2.00
SAVB-A7 Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue' Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue' $2.19
SA3A Salvia flava v. megalantha Salvia flava v. megalantha $3.65
SA48 Salvia hians Salvia hians $2.95
102H Salvia hispanica 'Chia'   $2.00
SA2S-A3 Salvia horminium 'Blue Monday'   $2.00
SA08-A1 Salvia jurisicii   $3.95
4SG2-A2 Salvia lyrata 'Purple Prince'   $3.65
SLPV-A2 Salvia lyrata 'Purple Volcano'   $3.15
SA06-A3 Salvia nemorosa Salvia nemorosa $2.75
SA2A Salvia patens 'Blue Angel' Salvia patens 'Blue Angel' $3.10
SR45-A1 Salvia ringens   $2.95
SL24-A2 Salvia sclarea   $2.00
LK29 Salvia splendens 'Picante Light Purple'   $2.25
ST54 Salvia transsylvanica Salvia transsylvanica $2.96
SA58-A3 Salvia x superba 'Rose Queen'   $1.95
SA64-A3 Salvia x superba 'Rosenwein'   $1.95
SA87-A8 Sedum acre Sedum acre $2.00
DES1 Sedum acre 'Oktoberfest' Sedum acre 'Oktoberfest' $2.00
SA29-A2 Sedum aizoon Sedum aizoon $2.00
30SY-A6 Sedum hispanicum Sedum hispanicum $2.45
30SS-A6 Sedum montanum Sedum montanum $2.65
SR47-A2 Sedum reflexum Sedum reflexum $2.00
SDN4-A Sedum selskianum 'Spirit'   $2.00
SA376 Sedum sexangulare Sedum sexangulare $2.00
SA39-A1 Sedum spurium 'Coccineum' Sedum spurium 'Coccineum' $1.60
SSS7-A2 Sedum spurium 'Summer Glory' Sedum spurium 'Summer Glory' $2.00
1RS2-A7 Sedum spurium 'Voodoo' Sedum spurium 'Voodoo' $2.95
RS08-A2 Sedum telephium var. purpureum   $2.00
SHP-A9 Sidalcea malviflora Hybrid 'Purpetta'   $2.40
5SID-A9 Sidalcea malviflora 'Starks Hybrids'   $2.25
S62D-A Sidalcea neomexicana Sidalcea neomexicana $2.95
SPGR-A8 Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia   $2.95
ZPRO Zinnia hybrids 'Profusion Double White' Zinnia hybrids 'Profusion Double White' $2.95
ZDS3-A3 Zinnia marylandica 'Zahara Double Fire' Zinnia marylandica 'Zahara Double Fire' $3.65
ZNN2 Zinnia elegans 'Zinnita Scarlet' Zinnia elegans 'Zinnita Scarlet' $3.65
ZNAD-A2 Zinnia 'Thumbelina Mix' Zinnia 'Thumbelina Mix' $2.00
ZH94-A2 Zinnia 'Cut and Come Again' Zinnia 'Cut and Come Again' $2.45
AGME-A9 Agastache mexicana   $2.95
AGS3 Agastache hybrida 'Arizona Sunset' Agastache hybrida 'Arizona Sunset' $3.95
28AG-A1 Agastache aurantiaca 'Raspberry Daiquiri'   $2.95
AGAU-A8 Agastache aurantiaca 'Lilac Sprite'   $2.65
BULK1 Agastache 'Blue Delight'   $9.00
NB67-A1 Monarda x 'lambada'   $1.55
4MN2-A8 Monarda pectinata   $2.65
27MF-A9 Monarda fistulosa Monarda fistulosa $2.00
MDPM-A8 Monarda didyma 'Panorama Mix'   $2.25
MOND-A9 Monarda didyma 'Bee Balm Mixed'   $2.85
KK9J-A8 Monarda didyma Monarda didyma $3.50
62MO-A7 Monarda bradburiana 'Lavender'   $2.00
MO3A-A8 Monarda bradburiana Monarda bradburiana $2.00