What plants should I buy to attract butterflies?

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A butterfly garden is simply a flower garden designed to include nectar-rich flowers that butterflies love to call home! If you create a garden that offers a wide variety of plants, grasses, and flowers you are sure to create a paradise for not only butterflies but hummingbirds and birds as well. If you design your lawn and/or garden to provide the right mix of flowers, shelter, water, and sun it is easy to create this environment. We have put together a list of plants and flowers that will help kick-start your butterfly garden.

Verbena’s: Blooms of white, purple, red, pink, yellow and blue. Plant in full sun. Add root stimulator and mulch. Will usually attract Buckeye butterflies. Offered at Mountain Valley Farms!

Petunia: Sunny spot. Well-drained soil, moist not soggy, and well fertilized. Most effective in single-color plantings. Add peat moss and compost when planting. Apply root stimulator and mulch. May start seeds indoors.

Crossvine: Full sun. Profuse bloomer. Large flowers. Drought tolerant once established. Space 3-6′ apart. Keep moist until established.

Butterfly Bush: This perennial blooms on new growth from summer through fall. It is an wonderful nectar plant for Anise Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulphur, Queen, Giant Swallowtail, Monarch, Fiery Skipper, Painted Lady, Spicebush Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary.

Lantana: Great Nectar plant for Julia, Giant Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Anise Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Buckeye, Cloudless Sulphur, Monarch, Gulf Fritillary. Supposed to be deer resistant. Offered at Mountain Valley Farms!

Phlox: Phlox are perennials and a favorite choice among wildflowers. These plants sport many star-shaped, colorful flowers when in bloom. Offered at Mountain Valley Farms!

Bee Balm: Plant in sun to dappled shade. Moist soil with afternoon shade. Watch for mildew. Space 3′ apart. Divide in Fall. Offered at Mountain Valley Farms!

Butterfly Weed: This is a milkweed. Butterflies will lay their eggs on this plant and use as larval food. Full sun. Dry, sandy soil. Drought resistant. Zones 3-9. Larval and nectar plant for Monarch butterflies.

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