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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 encouraging the restoration of their habitats, you will first need to do a little bit of planning. It would help if you used native plants in your area suitable for your particular climate and location. Some plants are well-suited to a variety of different climates and do well in any butterfly garden.
Butterfly Plants include milkweed, red cardinal flower, and honeysuckle
Milkweed plants are not only well-suited to a variety of different climates, but they are also one of the favorite plants of the endangered monarch butterfly and its caterpillars. This wildflower is not a weed at all but instead is a challenging and hearty species native to North America and can be found in wetlands and prairies. The name comes from the white sap that it produces, and it produces a vibrant star-shaped flower in various colors ranging from yellow to pink. For butterflies, it is an excellent food source and a plant suitable for hosting eggs laid on the leaves' underside. It would help if you planted it in full sun that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of light every day and should be planted in the spring after the last frost. It's very forgiving of the type of soil it grows, is very easy to grow, and does not need much attention.
2. Red cardinal flowers
Red cardinal flowers refer to a particular type of perennial that grows best in moist soil. It is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds and is also 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. The plant can reach up to four feet tall and 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 beautiful 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 encouraging 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.
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