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5 Flowers That Attract Butterflies

Updated on February 27, 2011

Use beautiful fragrant flowers to lure droves of butterflies into your garden, and create your own little peaceful paradise. Just plant some plants or sow some seeds, and get ready for some company! Below are 5 beautiful flowers that will attract butterflies to your garden, and make your summer a bit brighter.

Butterfly Flower Mix
Butterfly Flower Mix

1. Butterfly Flower Mix

This colorful mix of yellow, orange, pink, and red blooms will attract butterflies to your garden all summer long. The flowers measure approximately 1/4 inch across, and the plants reach heights of 18-36 inches. Suitable for zones 2 through 8.

Green Envy Coneflowers
Green Envy Coneflowers

2. Green Envy Coneflowers

While the name may refer to the unique jade green color of the pedals, the beauty that these eye-catching flowers add to your garden will bring every butterfly in the neighborhood into your backyard, and may leave your neighbors green with envy!

2 butterflies on an Orange Butterfly Plant
2 butterflies on an Orange Butterfly Plant

3. Orange Butterfly Plant

This attractive plant produces bright orange flowers during the early summer, and acts like a magnet for butterflies. These make excellent cut flowers for floral arrangements, and naturalize well. Orange butterfly plants grow up to 36 inches tall and require full sun, so steer clear of planting these in shady areas.

An attractive monarch butterfly on a Black-Eyed Susan
An attractive monarch butterfly on a Black-Eyed Susan

4. Black-Eyed Susan

With a dark core and yellow petals that are as bright as the sun, the color contrast of this popular flower is sure to catch the eye of butterflies, and impulse them to swoop on down for a visit. The Black-Eyed susan's high tolerance to a wide range of conditions, and ease of growing will leave you with more time to enjoy the sweet serenity in your garden.

butterflies on a Butterfly Bush
butterflies on a Butterfly Bush

5. Butterfly Bush

Reaching heights of 6 to 10 feet, this bush is perfect for outlining landscapes, and creating privacy screens along your property border. These aromatic flowers which have a striking resemblance to lilacs emit an attractive perfume that will entice butterflies, and have you inching your lawn chair a bit closer to enjoy the aroma and scenery.

You love your garden, and work hard to make it beautiful. You did the lions share of work, now let mother nature add the finishing touches. Grow a few of the butterfly attracting flowers above, and be sure to take enough breaks from laboring to fully enjoy your artistic floral creations. Enjoy more helpful gardening tips through the links below, and have an award winning summer!


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    • lorddraven2000 profile image

      Sam Little 

      7 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      Awesome. I am putting in a butterfly garden at my library soon and this is great help.

    • jayjay40 profile image


      7 years ago from Bristol England

      Great hub, well written and beautiful photos

    • KristenGrace profile image


      7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I never even knew that certain flowers attracted butterflies - I just always smile when I see one fly by! Lovely idea for a hub, and I found it very useful. Great pictures as well.


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