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Flowers to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Updated on January 9, 2012

Lantana flowers

Photo 1 : Butterflies love these flowers!
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Getting Butterflies to visit your garden

I love flowers and butterflies and the more I learn about them the more I want both in my garden. There is a variety of flowers and host plants and herbs that you can grow in your garden that will cause butterflies to stop and stay awhile.

Butterflies represent life and beauty and miracles to me. They are like flying flowers. They bring activity to an outdoor space and are just lovely little creatures that also help to pollinate other flowers. So there is a real benefit to having them around besides just their beauty. They bring joy and relaxation as they flutter by on a warm day. Why not add just a few flowers and plants to your own garden so that when butterflies are on the hunt for some food, they can find reason to stop off at your location? You won't regret it, and will be helping support a butterfly habitat.

Below in descriptions, and in the photos you can see some perfect examples of flowers that will bring butterflies to your yard.

Photos 1 and 5 - These are two different colors of lantana flowers. These can tolerate very high temperatures, and even a very dry day. Butterflies absolutely love these flowers. Once established, these are so easy to grow. I had some lantana that would come back every year when I lived in NE Texas. Where I am at in the Midwest, they do not come back. It is worth purchasing them or growing them each year to get the butterflies they attract.

Photo 2- These are some wild purple aster flowers. Asters of all kinds, are great to use to attract butterflies to your garden. They come in pink and white as well as purple, at the very least. I have grown asters, and as you can see, they attract butterflies and bees as well. Great for our pollinators out there!

Photos 3, 4, 6 and 8 - These are all different colors and varieties of zinnia flowers. All that you see here, were grown from seeds, though you will see them sold in places that sell flowers in the Spring. I love zinnias, especially grown from seed, because they grow best and are most impressive this way. The best part about that, is they are easy to grow and very tough flowers. They can add so much brightness, that you will be cheered simply by seeing them in the yard. I know that is how it is for me. When I see a butterfly visitor, I love them all the more.

Photos 7 and 9 - These flowers are called Cosmos. They are well loved by bees and butterflies alike. If you are worried about the bees, you need not be, as I have grown them for years, and been in the garden with them, and never been stung by a bee. They are lovely, blow nicely in the breeze, and have a lovely "meadowy" feel to them. They come in several cool colors as well. I grow from seed every year and they are great. Very easy to grow. This year I got a very late start, and I was able to have some of these blooming right up to the first harder freeze. They bring a lot of joy to my flower and butterfly garden.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Raincity, Planning ahead and being on top of one's gardening is the way to go. Even just thinking about it some in advance can be helpful. So glad you stopped by and left a comment, thank you. :)

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      raincity 6 years ago

      Thanks so much! it may only be january but this year I plan to be on top of my gardening so these tips were very helpful!!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Rosie, so great to come across another flower and butterfly lover out there! Aren't they just beautiful and so interesting? So happy you stopped by, and I will be like you in looking forward to Spring's arrival when it gets here. The butterflies, are truly like flying flowers to me. Thank you for the visit. :)

      Snakeslane, thank you very much. What would we do without our pollinators? They do help our earth so much and our lives. Thank you for the visit and comment, they are much appreciated. :)

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Lovely photos and info oceansnsunsets. The Lantana flower you open with is spectacular. Good to be reminded which flowers are beneficial to butterflies and help attract pollinators. Regards, snakeslane

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      Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

      I enjoy butterflies and flowers immensely as well. Your pictures are beautiful and make me wish spring would come sooner. I love your simile comparing butterflies to flying flowers.