Heaven's Garden, LLC
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coloring and benefit gardens by spreading pollen as
they sip nectar from the flowers.

Attracting some of the 12,000 species of butterflies
and moths in North America to your garden is as
easy as providing food for the changing life cycle
of butterflies.  Adults search for colorful flowers
that provide nectar.  Most adult butterflies only live
20 to 40 days, so a source of food for caterpillars
most also be present.  Don’t worry about the
larvae feeding on trees because they usually only
stay in this stage for about 15 days, a time too
short to do any real damage.

All of the perennials listed should be planted in the
sun.  Butterflies rarely feed in the shade.  Try a
variety of plants that will provide blooms
throughout the season.  Red, pink, and purple
blooms usually attract the most butterflies.

Also remember to supply water for butterflies to
drink.  This can be as easy as a birdbath, pans of
water, or puddles.  A goldfish type pond with flat
rocks around the edge works best.
ATTRACTING BUTTERFLIES TO YOUR GARDEN
Larval Host Plants:

Milk weed, Aster, Wild Senna,
Turtlehead, Goatweed, Queen Anne’s
Lace, Fennel, Clover, Nettles, Heuchera,
Lobelia, and many deciduous trees
Adult Nectar Sources:
Achillea, Coreopsis, Iberis, Phlox, Aquilegia, Dianthus,
Knifophia, Rudbeckia, Allium, Digitalis, Lavendula,
Salvia, Armeria, Echinacea, Liatris, Scabiosa,
Asclepias, Gaillardia, Malva, Sedum, Buddleia,
Heliopsis, Monarda, Verbena, Centaurea, Hemerocallis
, Nepta , Veronica, Campanula, Hibiscus, Penstemon
You may want to try one of the new butterfly nectar feeders or
a butterfly house to encourage residence in your garden during
hibernating periods for those who don’t migrate.  Add a
butterfly sculpture to your garden and enjoy the wildlife!
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