Fifteen plants that attract butterflies
What are fifteen plants that attract butterflies? In this article, we will review these plants. To create a butterfly garden, read this article.
Here, we have gathered a list of fifteen plants that attract butterflies, moths, and other pollinators, which help you to create a butterfly garden.
1. Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)
Golden Alexanders are one of the fifteen plants that attract butterflies. It is native from eastern North Dakota south to eastern Texas. Also from east to the Atlantic and Maine to northern Florida. Golden Alexanders bloom in mid-to-late spring. It attracts a cornucopia of early-season pollinators, mostly small native bees, that are looking for pollen. They are also considered as a year-round host plant for black swallowtails. If you give it a little space, it will attract a lot of butterflies.
2. Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
To create a butterfly garden, consider planting Swamp Milkweed. Swamp milkweed is native in parts of all U.S. states except states such as Oregon, California, and Washington. Unlike its name, swamp milkweed attracts more habitats than just swamps. Monarch butterflies and other species such as milkweed beetles, tussock moths, and milkweed bugs can be attracted to swamp milkweed. It is said that the most monarch egg can be found on swamp milkweeds. It blooms in the early-to-mid summer.
3. Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)
To create a butterfly garden, consider a meadow blazing star that is native in the Rockies from northern New Mexico to Montana. It is considered a monarch butterfly nirvana. A few years before midsummer flower stalks shoot up, bulb-like corms start to develop.
4. Prairie Blazingstar (Liatris pycnostachya)
Prairie blazingstar is native eastern North Dakota south to Texas. They mainly attract adult butterflies, moths, and bumblebees. Both of the prairie blazing stars and dense blazing stars come in white hybrids.
5. Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)
This plant is native in South Dakota to Oklahoma and from Maine north to Florida. This type which is a mid-to-late summer bloomer is the most available. A medium to somewhat moist soil is suitable for sweet Joe Pye weed. This plant is a good home for bees.
6. Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Boneset is native from North Dakota south to Texas as well as Maine south to Florida. The diversity of butterflies will be attracted to its midsummer blooms. It is also a good host plant for different moth species. Boneset needs consistent moisture.
7. Stiff Goldenrod (Oligoneuron rigidum)
This plant is Native from Montana south to New Mexico and Massachusetts south to Georgia. Goldenrods support adult pollinators like butterflies. Stiff goldenrod prefers consistent moisture. Its tall stems are good places for butterflies to sun themselves.
8. Tall Tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris)
Tall tickseed is native in southern Great Plains to the central East Coast and Southeast. It has a long bloom time in mid-to-late summer. As a result, it provides a constant nectar supply for butterflies and pollen for bees. Some moth species can feed on the leaves, and others on the flower petals.
9. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Purple coneflower is considered native Nebraska south to Texas. When it blooms, many creatures from bees to beetles and wasps to butterflies visit this plant. You can consider many other coneflower species such as pale purple coneflower and Tennessee purple coneflower.
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10. Baldwin’s Ironweed (Vernonia baldwinii)
This plant attracts butterflies and is native from South Dakota to Colorado to Texas and east. Among ironweed species, Baldwin’s ironweed is special due to its ability to withstand drought. Butterflies and long-tongued bees will be attracted to all types of ironweeds.
11. Smooth Aster (Symphyotrichum leave)
It is native everywhere except California. Large numbers and diversity of insects in early-to-mid fall will be attracted to smooth aster. It is attractive to the smaller species of butterflies such as admirals, skippers, sulfurs, and this crescent. Their long blue leaves can add a smooth texture to the garden.
12. Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)
Aromatic aster is native from eastern Montana to New Mexico, it is also native from Pennsylvania south to Alabama. Aromatic aster blooms in autumn and has a shrubby appearance. It is considered a host to the silvery checkerspot butterfly. Its late-autumn bloom is important for insects that are completing their nesting and for migrating butterflies.
13. Prairie Sunflower (Helianthus petiolaris)
It is native to Texas and the Dakotas to Nevada and Arizona and also from Wisconsin to Missouri. Sunflowers offer copious amounts of pollen and nectar. One of the annual sunflowers is the prairie sunflower that grows in areas that have less plant competition.
14. Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Cup plant is native from North Dakota south to Oklahoma. Also it is native from east to Georgia in the south and Maine in the north. It also can be found in Canada, Ontario, and Quebec. It is considered a sunflower’s cousin and can attract butterflies. Its stems are good places for bees. Besides, its large leaves can collect water for birds and insects to drink.
15. Wild Senna (Senna hebecarpa)
Native from Wisconsin south to Alabama as well as east to the Carolinas and New England. Countless sulfur butterfly eggs have been seen in this plant. Wild senna and its sibling Maryland senna, bloom for almost a month in midsummer.