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Butterfly Plants Package 9 Plants

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Planning your butterfly garden with native plants

Designing your garden landscape specifically for butterflies can be a rewarding way of giving back to the environment and ensuring the survival of several endangered butterfly species. If you want to create a haven for butterflies, however, while also working on encouraging the restoration of their habitats, you will first need to do a little bit of planning. It would be best to use native plants in your area that suit your particular climate and location. Some plants are well-suited to various climates and do well in any butterfly garden.

Top 3 Butterfly Plants

1. Milkweed

Milkweed plants are not only well-suited to various climates, but they are also one of the favorite plants of the endangered monarch butterfly and its caterpillars. The name comes from the white sap it produces, a vibrant star-shaped flower in various colors, from yellow to pink. It is an excellent food source for butterflies and a plant suitable for hosting eggs. One should plant milkweed in full sun that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of light every day and in the spring after the last frost. It is very forgiving of the type of soil in which it grows and is low maintenance.

2. Red cardinal flowers

Red cardinal flowers refer to a particular type of perennial that grows best in moist soil. It is attractive to hummingbirds and native to North America, needing very little pampering. This particular plant prefers a shady area with wet soil and produces stalks of vibrant red or white flowers between July and September. It produces blooms heavy in nectar which attract hummingbirds and butterflies, but the leaves are also a good shelter for butterfly eggs. They will re-bloom several times throughout the summer, but it is short-lived. Despite this, they usually come back for a second and third year, with the longest surviving plants living up to five years.

3. Honeysuckle plants

Honeysuckle plants are another variety of nectar-producing plants that are attractive to butterflies. Coral honeysuckle is lovely to butterflies that use the plant for food and shelter for their larvae. It produces nectar-filled trumpet-shaped flowers in various colors, yellow and white being the most common, with coral plants showing shades of pink and white. Most honeysuckle species prefer to be grown in full sun or partial shade, with moist soil that encourages them to blossom. It is also native to most areas of North America and requires little attention. Trumpet honeysuckle can even be grown and clay soil or in pots.