Bring butterflies into the garden with a mix of nectar producing blossoms and preferred host plants.
Plant milkweed – it’s the only host plant of the monarch butterfly larvae -and it’s easy to grow! Purchase plants from your local garden center, plant seeds indoors in early spring, or directly into the ground once the risk of frost is over. Milkweed are an easy growing perennial that need little attention, but produce big results. Tall flower stems and pink or white blooms give monarchs a home for their young and provide food for all butterflies.
Not all butterflies lay eggs on the same plants that they feast on – many plants are simply host plants and are not food providers, so when planning a garden be sure to include both – you’ll attract plenty of butterflies and help keep the population strong!