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During the shipping season (May thru October), our Facebook fans will receive notification of special promotions being offered on our web site. Sometimes we have more supply than we do demand for Monarch caterpillars or milkweed plants and then we advertise a flash sale on Facebook. During the winter, we post lots of butterfly photos and information that might be of interest to the butterfly gardener.

     Butterfly gardening involves essentially two things: (1) planting the perennials and annuals which attract butterflies (both for nectaring and egg-laying) and then (2) refraining from the use of chemical insecticides (which would likely kill the butterflies you attract). For best results, plant your butterfly garden in full sun and plant the tallest flowers behind the shorter ones--so you'll be able to see all the flowers and butterflies that appear in your garden.
     While some flowering plants, like Butterfly Bush and Purple Coneflower, attract a lot of butterfly species for nectar, others attract none or maybe just a few butterfly species. Monarchs are especially fond of the nectar produced by Butterfly Bush, Purple Coneflower, Meadow Blazing Star, Joe-Pye Weed, Brazilian Verbena, and Mexican Sunflower. These plants are pictured and described below. For 20 years we offered these plants to our customers but as of 2020, now in semi-retirement, we will be offering only milkweed plants (the host plant for Monarchs) and a few plants that serve as hosts for other butterfly species. Whatever plants we offer, you'll find them on the 'Milkweed Plants' page of the web site. None of the plants show below though, will be available through our web site.

We no longer offer these plants but you will likely find them at www.ButterflyBushes.com 

Butterfly Bush
(Buddleia davidii)

Depending upon the cultivar, Butterfly Bushes grow 20" to over 8' high. They are by far, the # 1 choice of Monarchs (and many other butterfly species also) for nectaring. Butterfly Bushes generally bloom from mid July thru late September.
In some areas, Butterfly Bushes are said to reseed profusely, and for that reason many native plant enthusiasts are advocating that Butterfly Bushes should not be planted. No where. Never. I strongly disagree because butterflies (and lots of other insects and hummingbirds too) LOVE the nectar that is produced by Butterfly Bushes and now, there are lots of Butterfly Bushes on the market that produce sterile seed (seed that will not germinate). Why deprive insects and hummingbirds from one of their favorite nectar sources? I say you shouldn't.

Perennial, zones 5-9.

Purple Coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Coneflower bears large, daisy-like flowers of lavender-pink. Grows 30"-36" high and blooms from mid July through frost. Highly recommended at our plant nursery. Deer resistant and drought tolerant.


Perennial, zones 3-8. 

 

Meadow Blazing Star  (aka Rocky Mountain Blazing Star)
(Liatris ligulistylis)


While most Liatris do not attract butterflies, this particular species is a butterfly magnet. Especially attractive to Monarchs, Meadow Blazing Star is native to the north central states and generally blooms August thru September. Grows 36"-48" tall and is easy to grow.  
The true color of the flower is deep blue-lavender, not pink as shown left.
Monarchs love this plant!

Perennial, zones 6 - 9.

Phlox 'Jeana'     (Phlox paniculata 'Jeana')

 Founded by and named after Jeana Prewitt of Nashville, TN, this native wildflower possesses outstanding mildew resistance. Maturing at 30"-36" high, 'Jeana' produces lavender flower heads (smaller than those of most Garden Phlox) July thru August. Fragrant. Deer resistant and drought tolerant. While most garden phlox are not highly attractive to butterflies, this particular Phlox is exceptionally attractive to butterflies, and particularly to Swallowtails and Monarchs.
High on Rose Franklin's list of the best butterfly nectar plants.

Perennial, zones 4-8.          

 

Joe Pye Weed
(Eupatorium )

'Joe Pye Weed grows 36"-60" high (depending upon the species and  cultivar) and produces large mauve-pink flower heads in late summer. Several butterfly species are attracted to Joe Pye Weed for nectar. Prefers a moist location but generally does well even in a dry location. Spreads fast to become a large clump. Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-8.

 

Mexican Sunflower
(Tithonia )

Mexican Sunflower grows 36"-60" high (depending upon the cultivar and growing conditions) and produces large orange diasy-like flowers from around mid July thru frost. Monarchs are lured to this plant for the tasty nectar produced in the flowers. Mexican Sunflower is an annual and thus, must be replanted every year. Seeds are generally east to find and they can be planted directly in the garden after the last spring frost.  Deer resistant.

Annual

Verbena bonariensis Brazilian Verbena
(Verbena bonariensis)

This tall Verbena is a Monarch favorite and grows 36"-48" high and produces rounded clusters of lavender-blue flowers. Tender, but generally immortal in the garden due to prolific self-sowing.  Treat as a reseeding annual. 


Tender Perennial (usually reseeds), zones 7-9.  


Don't know what zone you live in? Check out our  USDA plant  hardiness zone map.

Milkweed (Asclepias) also produces a sweet nectar which lures Monarchs (and other butterflies also) to the garden for feeding. You'll find the milkweed species we offer on our 'milkweed plants' page.

Here's some annuals that attract Monarchs:
These you can start from seed or find them in your local nursery.

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia) Zinnia Verbena bonarienssis Cosmos

butterfly gardening, butterfly attracting plants Fast Track BUTTERFLY GARDENING   (August, 2012)           $20.00

                                          by Rose Franklin

Within the pages of this book you will learn how to design and plant a nectar-rich butterfly garden, identify many of the butterflies that visit your garden, lure butterflies to your property for egg-laying, and lots more.

Book format: 8.5" X 11"; 104 pages; over 100 color photos.

FYI: If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can order this book on Amazon and get free shipping.

Rose Franklin's Perennials
Our plant nursery is located in Spring Mills, PA  16875

(814) 422-8968        Email:  MilkweedLady@aol.com

During our busy shipping season (May 1 thru September 30), please email, don't call.

 

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