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Butterfly plant is not an individual species; instead, it is a category that includes plants rich in pollen and serve as a nectar source; hence, they are known for attracting butterflies and bees. This category covers plants that serve as host plants or food sources for butterfly caterpillars.
Almost three-fourths of the butterfly species are nearly extinct in the UK. However, gardeners can play a critical part in ensuring that these brightly colored visitors access vital habitats by creating gardens filled with native plants that attract them. The Monarch butterfly is easily identifiable in the garden owing to its four-inch wingspan and vivid black and orange color. But unfortunately, this species suffers the most due to lack of habitat and severe weather conditions. These butterflies are particularly fond of blue flowers and gravitate towards them. Hence, a butterfly-friendly garden might also resemble an ocean in this sense.
In urban environments, even relatively small gardens may host many different species of butterflies, provided they have the proper plants. Butterfly gardens are also a widespread phenomenon these days. They are full-sun gardens that include plants that excel in attracting butterflies. Some of these plants include the following:
Milkweed: This plant attracts various kinds of Lepidoptera species, particularly Monarch butterflies. They may easily cling onto the spikes of this plant’s numerous tiny tubular flowers; hence, sucking and enjoying its nectar with relative ease. Moreover, the long blooming period of this perennial plant provides Monarch butterflies with a consistent intake of nutrition while they conclude their annual migration trips.
Liatris plants (Blazing Star) attract various pollinators, including hummingbirds and butterflies. People generally refer to them as butterfly magnets. It is excellent for use in borders, cutting gardens, and natural environments. The majority of varieties of this species bloom from summer to early autumn.
Bee Balm (Monarda Fistulosa): Native to the United States, this plant is well-known for drawing various butterflies, especially Swallowtail butterflies. It bears violet flowers with an abundance of nectar and emerges in July, lasting until the end of fall.
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa): Flowering constantly throughout the summer, this perennial plant has excellent value. Its magnificent clusters of vibrant orange to yellow-orange blooms emerge in the summer; These season-long flowering plants actively contribute to the survival of the monarch butterfly and the painted lady butterfly. You can protect these beautiful creatures by growing milkweed inside your garden and giving them a safe space.
Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum): Plant this perennial in your garden and watch how a swarm of brightly colored butterflies rush in. Flowers of this eastern North American woodland wildflower attract both hummingbirds and bees with their tiny white, pink, or purple blossoms.
Bloom time varies according to plant species; however, most flowers bloom from early spring to fall.
Soil: Not all butterfly plants thrive on the same soil, but most require moist, well-drained soil.
Zone: You can find different varieties in different zones.
Sun exposure: Most butterfly plants require full sun to partial shade.
Growth habit: The height of these plants varies according to their species.
Specialty plants - Butterfly Plants
Butterfly plants are the special categorization of beautiful, bright colors of flowering plants that have the distinctive ability to attract butterflies and honey bees. The addition of versatile and graceful plants to your garden makes it elegant. But when the presence of colorful adult butterflies enhances the beauty of your garden, then the combination will be worth watching. Butterfly garden plants generate food sources for Lepidoptera by the role of their colorful flowers that act as a source of nectar.
BEST BUTTERFLY PLANTS FOR YOUR GARDEN
BLAZING STAR PLANT
The blazing star plant is the topmost preference of monarch butterflies to get nectar. The native plant of Eastern North America form colonies of purple or white purple flowers that blossom in summers. They become an impressive addition to your sunny gardens without so much gardening care of that plant because these plants are drought tolerant.
The mesmerizing subgroup of butterfly garden plants requires full sun for six to eight hours a day to reach their maximum height and produce purple flowers to attract a variety of butterflies. The distinctive qualities of coneflowers are carefree growing phase, drought-tolerant, hardy, and long-blooming flower capacity.
HUMMINGBIRD PLANT PACKAGE WITH 6 PLANTS
The hummingbird plant package gives trumpet vines, honeysuckle vines, and coneflowers in one bag. All these plants have versatile colors. The blue color of the flowers of these plants is drawing hummingbirds and butterflies. The mutualistic relation between these plants and hummingbirds gives the perfect scenery for the viewers.
INDIAN PINK PLANT
This amazing perennial wildflower species is famous for its ornamental properties. A shady environment and moist soil are imperatives for Indian pink plants to reach their average height of 30 to 45 cm. The pharmaceutical properties of woodland pinkroot make it an exclusive and unique attachment to your butterfly garden plants.
GROUND COVER GRAB BAG WITH 25 PLANTS
The amalgamation of different ground covers plants in a single box is a worth buying experience for your garden. Make your garden more attractive and elegant by buying this ground cover grab bag with twenty-five different plants. All the plants have a distinctive feature of attracting beautifully colored butterflies and insects that enhance the beauty of the scenery.
BUTTERFLY PLANT PACKAGE WITH 9 PLANTS
Get yourself a lovely butterfly garden by purchasing a versatile package of butterfly plants with nine different plants whose flowers are variable in color, from pink to purple, white to yellow, and orange to red. All these plants drop their pollans and give nectar to insects as food and thus get help from them in pollination.
This lovely wildflower plant solely plays the host for monarch butterfly caterpillars. They have a vital role in the life process of the monarch butterfly. The average height of the milkweed plant is almost five feet. Make this wildflower plant a must-buy for your garden list to get the fragrance and enhance the grace of your garden.
PINK VELOUR CREPE MYRTLE
This long-blooming pink velour crepe myrtle serves many functions for ornamental purposes. The pink velour crepe myrtle becomes a versatile addition to your grassland. The average height of these plants is 10 to 12 feet.
PINK WEIGELA SHRUB
The varying shades of weigela are white, red, pink, and yellow. Among all the shades, pink weigela is the most attractive and the prettiest one. Pink flowers are tubular, and dozens of such flowers emerge in the spring to summer season transition. Regular pruning of these plants is not mandatory.
RED CARDINAL FLOWER
The intensive red color of flowers of red cardinal plants attracts butterflies' caterpillars and adult butterflies. A full sunny environment to partially shady conditions is adequate for their propagation. It is a long-blooming plant that serves as a source of food for hummingbirds.
RED ROCKET CREPE MYRTLE
The velvety red texture of flowers of red rocket crepe myrtle becomes a sensible touch to the grace of your lawn. They are highly tolerant to extreme temperature, drought conditions, and soil texture. The favorite season of red rocket crepe trees in summer to show the maximum growth and flower blossom.
The cluster of beautiful flowers of Japanese meadowsweet can change their color from blue to purplish over time. Their colorful flowers attract varieties of butterflies by providing them with nectar. Little care is needed for these plants as they require pruning twice a year to spread their branches.
STELLA DE ORA DAYLILY
The golden yellow to orange color wide flowers of this easily growing perennial makes a perfect boundary of your garden that melts the heart of observers. Fulfilling the requirement of the full sun enhances its growth to an extended level.
TRELLIS CLIMBER PACKAGE WITH 15 PLANTS
The blooming season of the plants in the trellis climber package with 15 plants is in the spring or summer season. Carefree plants require less pruning or shearing and thus become very beneficial for the lovers of gardeners.
TRUMPET VINE PLANT
The yellow to orange chrome perennial species with the ability to grow readily and make your grassland attractive is native of the eastern United States. The flower of the trumpet creeper is trumpetlike in shape, and it can grow to magnificent tall height if some solid support is given to the stem.
WILDFLOWERS PACKAGES WITH 9 PLANTS
Wildflower's package contains a set of three different plants named dutchman's breeches, Indian pink plants, and daffodil plants. All these plants have required low care for their growth compared to many domestic plants. All these colorful plants draw monarch butterflies and hummingbirds. Butterfly weeds also grow among these plants, and they are an essential source of food for insects.
Tn nursery provides an amazing opportunity to greenery lovers by giving a beautiful variety of colorful plants for your butterfly-filled garden. Butterfly garden plants make your pastureland decorative and elegant. These butterfly plants act as bee balms due to their unbeatable medicinal properties. The combination of vibrant butterflies and colorful flowers make it worth seeing in your garden.