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How to Attract Butterflies

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Butterflies are welcome visitors to the garden. There are various ways to attract these delicate beauties. This guide is about how to attract butterflies.


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By 3 found this helpful
August 16, 2011

Attracting butterflies can be easily be accomplished by using native plants. In my midwest location some of the best plants are Coreopsis, Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan) and Echinacae (Coneflower). Also planting parsley in the spring feeds the emerging caterpillars. I recently planted a butterfly/bee garden at a local school, that will be used as a teaching garden.

My Jr. Master Gardeners and Girl Scouts helped plant the garden. It was a wonderful experience. If you garden with children, planting a butterfly garden will give you a chance to teach the children about these marvelous little creatures, and explain how they go from caterpillars to beautiful butterflies.

By Lilly M from NW Michigan

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By 0 found this helpful
August 22, 2017

Butterflies just love flowers. That's their drinking fountain full of the nectar they feed on. So be sure and plant flowers in your garden if you want them to come visit. Here are some of their favorites:


  • daisy
  • zinnia
  • cosmos
  • marigold
  • black-eyed susan
  • purple coneflower
  • and violets.

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April 3, 2010

What are the most popular or most fragrant flowers that attract butterflies?

Hardiness Zone: 8a

By Tineja from Atlanta, GA


April 3, 20100 found this helpful

Zinnias attract butterflies and are one of the easiest to grow.

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April 23, 20100 found this helpful

Try Salvia, Pentas, and Bleeding Heart.

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June 8, 2015

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These flowers attract so many butterflies and bees. These plants are very necessary for the well being of the bee and butterfly population.


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Saylorsburg, PA

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March 26, 20180 found this helpful

Beautiful orange and black Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed as a home for their larvae. This is a guide about how gardeners can help Monarch butterflies.

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