Butterfly Flowers

Butterflies eat flower nectar. So plant some butterfly flowers to provide butterfly food.

Butterfly weed and butterfly bush are favorite flowers for butterflies.

Tiger Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush, one of the favorite butterfly flowersTiger Swallowtail on a Butterfly Bush


Butterflies are color sensitive.

White flowers may attract butterflies.

But they are more attracted to bright colors like
yellow, orange, red and purple.



BUTTERFLY FLOWERS

Butterflies are more comfortable if they can land while they eat.

Daisies make a wonderful landing pad for butterflies.

The added bonus of daisy flowers is they are composite flowers.

Composite flowers have multiple containers of butterfly food.

The butterflies can land on a daisy and have a great feast.

How awesome is that!   Grow some Daisy Flowers.


Asters

Aster is a perennial. It grows from 6 inches to 3 foot plants, depending on the variety.

They flower in shades of blue, lavender, purple, pink and red during the summer and fall.

They like full sun and most soils.


Asters, a butterfly flower with painted lady butterflyAsters
Tiger Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush, one of the favorite butterfly flowersTiger Swallowtail on a Butterfly Bush

Butterflies are color sensitive. White flowers may attract butterflies.

But they are more attracted to bright colors like yellow, orange, red and purple.



Butterflies like to land while they eat. Daisies make a wonderful landing pad for butterflies.

The added bonus of daisy flowers is that they are composite flowers. This means they have multiple containers of butterfly food.

The butterflies can land on a daisy and have a great feast. How awesome is that!

BUTTERFLY FLOWERS

Asters

Asters, a butterfly flower with painted lady butterflyAsters

Aster is a perennial. It grows from 6 inches to 3 foot plants, depending on the variety.

They flower in shades of blue, lavender, purple, pink and red during the summer and fall.

They like full sun and most soils.

Blackeyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy

Rudbeckia hirta is a biennial or short lived perennial. It can be used as an annual.

It has daisy flowers that are 2 to 7 inches in size. They may be yellow, orange or mahogany with dark centers. There are also solid colors with the dark center. 

It flowers in the summer to fall with full sun.

It's an easy flower to grow and makes good cut flowers.

Rudbeckia attracts butterfliesBlack-eyed Susan

Butterfly Bush

Buddleia davidii is a deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub. It grows fast from 3 to 10 feet. It has 6 to 12 inch spikes of small fragrant flowers in mid summer. They are white, pink, lilac or purple with an orange center.

It freezes to the ground in the winter and grows from it's roots in the spring. It needs good drainage.

Butterfly Bush and Butterfly Milkweed are the most favorite flowers for the butterflies.

Butterfly Bush, a favorite butterfly flowerButterfly Bush
Butterfly Bush, a favorite butterfly flowerButterfly Bush

Buddleia davidii is a deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub. It grows fast from 3 to 10 feet. It has 6 to 12 inch spikes of small fragrant flowers in mid summer. They are white, pink, lilac or purple with an orange center.

It freezes to the ground in the winter and grows from it's roots in the spring. It needs good drainage.

Butterfly Bush and Butterfly Milkweed are the most favorite flowers for the butterflies.

Butterfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa (also called Butterfly Weed) is a perennial. It has clusters of bright orange flowers midsummer to frost.

It may grow up to 3 feet.

It requires good drainage and very little water.

Milkweeds are a favorite butterfly flowers for Monarchs and many other butterflies.

There are many varieties of butterfly milkweeds native throughout the nation.

Butterflies on Milkweed butterfly flowersButterfly Milkweed
Butterflies on Milkweed butterfly flowersButterfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa (also called Butterfly Weed) is a perennial. It has clusters of bright orange flowers midsummer to frost.

It may grow up to 3 feet.

It requires good drainage and very little water.

Milkweeds are a favorite butterfly flowers for Monarchs and many other butterflies.

There are many varieties of butterfly milkweeds native throughout the nation.

Tropical Milkweed

Asclepias curassavica is readily available in the nurseries. It grows from 30" to 48" tall.

It likes full sun. The bi-color flowers are orange and yellow or a solid yellow.

Milkweeds are host plants for the Monarch Butterfly. They lay their eggs on the milkweed so the caterpillars can eat the leaves of the plant.

The flowers are also food for the adult butterflies.

Monarch on Tropical MilkweedTropical Milkweed
Monarch on Tropical MilkweedTropical Milkweed

Asclepias curassavica is readily available in the nurseries. It grows from 30" to 48" tall.

It likes full sun. The bi-color flowers are orange and yellow or a solid yellow.

Milkweeds are host plants for the Monarch Butterfly. They lay their eggs on the milkweed so the caterpillars can eat the leaves of the plant.

The flowers are also food for the adult butterflies.

Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea is a perennial. It grows 2 to 4 feet with 2 to 4 inch daisy-like flowers. They are normally pink, but white, yellow, coral, and crimson varieties exist.

The new Cheyenne and Pow Wow varieties are wonderful plants with repeat flowering.

It likes full sun and most soils, but it prefers well drained soils. Average watering and it is drought tolerant after it is established.  Divide the clumps in spring or fall.

This is the plant that the Echinacea herb is derived from.

Many Butterfly Types feed from it's cone-flowers.

Purple Cone Flower and Monarch butterflyPurple Coneflower
Purple Cone Flower and Monarch butterflyPurple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea is a perennial. It grows 2 to 4 feet with 2 to 4 inch daisy-like flowers. They are normally pink, but white, yellow, coral, and crimson varieties exist.

The new Cheyenne and Pow Wow varieties are wonderful plants with repeat flowering.

It likes full sun and most soils, but it prefers well drained soils. Average watering and it is drought tolerant after it is established.  Divide the clumps in spring or fall.

This is the plant that the Echinacea herb is derived from.

Many Butterfly Types feed from it's cone-flowers.

Coreopsis

Coreopsis lanceolata is a perennial. It grows from 1 to 2 feet. It has golden yellow, red or bi-color daisy flowers. They are 1 ½ to 2 inches. They may be single or double.

They are an excellent cut flower.

Remove spent flowers and it will bloom all summer until frost

Once established they are drought tolerant and a dependable plant.

I love their cheery yellow flowers that provide what butterflies eat.

Coreopsis is what attracts butterfliesCoreopsis
Coreopsis is what attracts butterfliesCoreopsis

Coreopsis lanceolata is a perennial. It grows from 1 to 2 feet. It has golden yellow, red or bi-color daisy flowers. They are 1 ½ to 2 inches. They may be single or double.

They are an excellent cut flower.

Remove spent flowers and it will bloom all summer until frost

Once established they are drought tolerant and a dependable plant.

I love their cheery yellow flowers that provide what butterflies eat.

Cosmos

Cosmos is an annual growing from 2 to 8 feet depending on the variety. It blooms summer to fall with single, double or crested flowers in white, pinks, rose, lavender, purple or crimson. 

They are a resilient, easy flower and a good butterfly flower.

They are drought tolerant once established. They prefer to not have rich soil.

Daisy type flowers are favorite flower for butterflies.

Cosmos flowers attract butterfliesCosmos
Cosmos flowers attract butterfliesCosmos

Cosmos is an annual growing from 2 to 8 feet depending on the variety. It blooms summer to fall with single, double or crested flowers in white, pinks, rose, lavender, purple or crimson. 

They are a resilient, easy flower and a good butterfly flower.

They are drought tolerant once established. They prefer to not have rich soil.

Daisy type flowers are favorite flower for butterflies.

Lantana

Lantana is a perennial in warm areas. It is used as an annual in cooler areas.

It grows 1 to 3 feet. It flowers all summer until frost.

The flowers are white, yellow, orange, pinks, red, lavender and some bi-colors.

Lantana is one of my favorite butterfly flowers.

It is fast growing and so easy to grow.

It is drought tolerant and there is no need to dead head the flowers.

The hummingbirds like it too.

Lantana
Lantana

Lantana is a perennial in warm areas. It is used as an annual in cooler areas.

It grows 1 to 3 feet. It flowers all summer until frost.

The flowers are white, yellow, orange, pinks, red, lavender and some bi-colors.

Lantana is one of my favorite butterfly flowers.

It is fast growing and so easy to grow.

It is drought tolerant and there is no need to dead head the flowers.

The hummingbirds like it too.

Marigolds

Tagetes of various species is an annual. It grows from 6 inches to 4 feet depending the species. 

It likes full sun and it is easy to grow from seed. The flowers may be white, yellow, gold, orange or maroon. They are from 1 ½ to 5 inches.

They are good cut flowers and bloom all summer until frost. Marigolds are an easy butterfly flowers to grow.

They are good planted in your vegetable garden next to the tomatoes because they repel nematodes.

Marigolds, nectar flowers for butterfliesMarigold
Marigolds, nectar flowers for butterfliesMarigold

Tagetes of various species is an annual. It grows from 6 inches to 4 feet depending the species. 

It likes full sun and it is easy to grow from seed. The flowers may be white, yellow, gold, orange or maroon. They are from 1 ½ to 5 inches.

They are good cut flowers and bloom all summer until frost. Marigolds are an easy butterfly flowers to grow.

They are good planted in your vegetable garden next to the tomatoes because they repel nematodes.

Mexican Sunflower

Tithonia rotundifolia is a perennial grown as an annual. It is husky and rapid growing to 6 feet, some varieties to 4 feet.

It has striking 3 to 4 inch flowers that are orange-red with yellow centers. It flowers July until frost it is an excellent flower to provide butterfly food for fall migrating butterflies.

It likes full sun and average soil. It is heat and drought tolerant once established.

It is recommended as a fall blooming flower for Migrating Monarchs.

Gulf Fritillary on Mexican SunflowersMexican Sunflower
Gulf Fritillary on Mexican SunflowersMexican Sunflower

Tithonia rotundifolia is a perennial grown as an annual. It is husky and rapid growing to 6 feet, some varieties to 4 feet.

It has striking 3 to 4 inch flowers that are orange-red with yellow centers. It flowers July until frost it is an excellent flower to provide butterfly food for fall migrating butterflies.

It likes full sun and average soil. It is heat and drought tolerant once established.

It is recommended as a fall blooming flower for Migrating Monarchs.

Pentas

Pentas lanceolata is a perennial grown as an annual. It grows 2 to 3 feet tall with 4 inch wide clusters of star-shaped flowers in white, pink, lilac, or red.

It likes full sun and good water. Remove their spent flowers to encourage it to bloom all summer.

Many butterfly flowers are readily available at garden centers. They provide butterfly food and good color for your summer garden.

Hummingbirds like Pentas, too.

Penta flowers and queen butterfly picturePentas
Penta flowers and queen butterfly picturePentas

Pentas lanceolata is a perennial grown as an annual. It grows 2 to 3 feet tall with 4 inch wide clusters of star-shaped flowers in white, pink, lilac, or red.

It likes full sun and good water. Remove their spent flowers to encourage it to bloom all summer.

Many butterfly flowers are readily available at garden centers. They provide butterfly food and good color for your summer garden.

Hummingbirds like Pentas, too.

Phlox

Beautiful Phlox are annuals and perennials. There are various forms and sizes ranging from one half to four feet depending on the type. Many are native to North America.

They have showy flowers in white, pinks, rose, red, lavenders and blue. The bloom spring or summer depending on type.

They like sun, average soil and water.

More ways to Attract Butterflies to your backyard garden.

Tiger Swallowtail on Phlox flowersPhlox
Tiger Swallowtail on Phlox flowersPhlox

Beautiful Phlox are annuals and perennials. There are various forms and sizes ranging from one half to four feet depending on the type. Many are native to North America.

They have showy flowers in white, pinks, rose, red, lavenders and blue. The bloom spring or summer depending on type.

They like sun, average soil and water.

More ways to Attract Butterflies to your backyard garden.

Verbena

Verbena hybrida or peruviana are short lived perennials. They are many times used as an annual ground cover. They grow 6 to 12 inches tall.

Their flower clusters are 2 to 3 inches with white, pink, red, lavender or purple flowers.

They like sun with good air circulation. They are a fast, easy flower that blooms summer until frost.

I have red ones near my bird bath that come back every year.

They are an easy, no care plant. They overwinter in mild climates.

Verbena flowers for butterfy gardenVerbena
Verbena flowers for butterfy gardenVerbena

Verbena hybrida or peruviana are short lived perennials. They are many times used as an annual ground cover. They grow 6 to 12 inches tall.

Their flower clusters are 2 to 3 inches with white, pink, red, lavender or purple flowers.

They like sun with good air circulation. They are a fast, easy flower that blooms summer until frost.

I have red ones near my bird bath that come back every year.

They are an easy, no care plant. They overwinter in mild climates.

Zinnias

Zinnia has several species and varieties. They are an annual that grow from 8 inches to 3 feet depending on the type. 

The flowers are bright colors in yellow, pink, coral, red, salmon, and white.

It is a hot weather plant and it needs sun. It blooms summer to fall. It's flowers are 1 to 5 inches depending on variety.

Water at the base of plant to prevent mildew.

Zinnia is an easy flower to grow from seed. Zinnias were the first flowers I grew as a child.

Zinnia butterfly flowers and Tiger Swallowtail butterflyZinnias
Zinnia butterfly flowers and Tiger Swallowtail butterflyZinnias

Zinnia has several species and varieties. They are an annual that grow from 8 inches to 3 feet depending on the type. 

The flowers are bright colors in yellow, pink, coral, red, salmon, and white.

It is a hot weather plant and it needs sun. It blooms summer to fall. It's flowers are 1 to 5 inches depending on variety.

Water at the base of plant to prevent mildew.

Zinnia is an easy flower to grow from seed. Zinnias were the first flowers I grew as a child.

feeding butterflies

Growing butterfly flowers is so rewarding. We get to enjoy the flowers, while we are providing butterfly food for the beautiful gifts of God!

The butterflies appreciate it!








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