Plant food plants to attract butterflies
Who doesn’t like butterflies? And, if you are a butterfly lover, you probably enjoy seeing Monarch butterflies. So, how do you attract more butterflies to your garden? Plant food plants for butterflies. Monarchs need milkweed plants for their larvae to feed on. Unfortunately, most people find milkweed, at least the wild one (Asclepias syriaca) an unwelcome plant in their gardens. But there are couple other species of Asclepias that can be very nice additions to your garden that will attract all kinds of butterflies as a food plant for the adults, but also provide a food plant for monarch larvae.
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a great perennial plant for us here in the Great Plains because it is hardy and drought tolerant. It grows to about 30 high and wide. Butterfly weed starts flowering in early summer and can continue flowering until frost, especially if it is dead-headed when the flowers fade. The flowers are usually orange but can also be yellow. They form in clusters at the ends of the
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