In Celebration Of Earth Day – Attracting Butterflies

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Welcome to my blog!

By now, many of you are familiar with my aversion to the world of birds. However, I wholeheartedly embrace the world of butterflies. In fact, I believe I have a spiritual connection with butterflies which was clearly demonstrated to me. I may tell you about this connection at another time.

We’re here in celebration of Earth Day. April 22, 2015. I thought it might be nice if I shared information for attracting butterflies. It will make the world a more beautiful place. Butterflies and flowers are a natural combination.

First, a warning. Please check out any butterfly attracting plant or bush for its appropriateness in the planting Zone in which you live. Some of these plants have become invasive in specific areas. Please investigate before you plant.

Also, please consider planting milkweeds to attract monarch butterflies whose numbers are decreasing. Maybe if the environment is more supportive, they will find a way to thrive. Again, please determine appropriateness for your planting Zone.

Note Well – The information listed below comes directly from the website of “The Old Farmer’s Almanac.” I did not compile this list and I am not the originator of this information. I am using it to support my focus on attracting butterflies as an Earth Day activity.

 

                        According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac
In attracting butterflies to your garden, it’s important to understand what they want most out of life: nectar. The ancients, who believed that nectar fell directly from heaven, named it after the wines of the gods. A butterfly’s wish list also includes sunny open spaces, shelter from the wind, and fresh water.

For a nectar-rich flower border designed to satisfy these requirements, consider the plants listed below. Then invite a few butterflies over for a drink.

Common Name                                                 Latin Name
Allium                                                                         Allium
Aster                                                                            Aster
Bee balm                                                                     Monarda
Butterfly bush                                                            Buddleia
Catmint                                                                       Nepeta
Clove Pink                                                                  Dianthus
Cornflower                                                                 Centaurea
Daylily                                                                         Hemerocallis
False indigo                                                                Baptisia
Fleabane                                                                     Erigeron
Floss flower                                                               Ageratum
Globe thistle                                                              Echinops
Goldenrod                                                                  Solidago
Helen’s flower                                                           Helenium
Hollyhock                                                                   Alcea
Lavender                                                                     Lavendula
Lilac                                                                             Syringa
Lupine                                                                         Lupinus
Lychnis                                                                        Lychnis
Mallow                                                                         Malva
Milkweed                                                                     Asclepias
Mint                                                                              Mentha
Pansy                                                                            Viola
Phlox                                                                             Phlox
Privet                                                                            Ligustrum
Purple coneflower                                                      Echinacea
Rock cress                                                                     Arabis
Sage                                                                                Salvia
Sea holly                                                                        Eryngium
Shasta daisy                                                                  Chrysanthemum
Snapdragon                                                                   Antirrhinum
Stonecrop                                                                       Sedum
Sweet alyssum                                                               Lobularia
Sweet rocket                                                                   Hesperis
Tickseed                                                                          Coreopsis
Zinnia                                                                               Zinnia

Happy Earth Day 2015! Please make a commitment to help our planet thrive in whatever way you choose.

© 2015 All rights reserved.

 

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