Fun Flower Facts

What Flowers Do Butterflies Like?

March 8, 2016

For anyone who loves to plant, grow and take care of a backyard garden like us, then you know that the right flowers and the right landscaping aren’t the only things that contribute to their success – other aspects of nature, such as beautiful butterflies, do too. And although you may think that some gardeners just get lucky to have butterflies attracted to their home, the truth is that there are some specific flower types that butterflies are more likely to cling to.

Colorful Blue, Orange & Black butterfly on a red-orange flower

Butterfly Garden Plants

Aster

A classic plant for all of the fall gardeners, aster produces some of the most amazing red, blue, pink, purple and white flowers. Aster plants thrive best under sunny and moist conditions, and they can grow to be about five feet tall and two feet wide. And one thing’s for sure – butterflies love them!

Butterfly Bush

It has butterfly in its name, so of course it’s going to be something that butterflies are attracted to! A particular benefit of one of these bushes is that it sprouts incredibly beautiful flowers full of life and color. For those who are new to gardening, you can even expect your new butterfly bush to have finished growing after only one or two seasons!

Phlox

Phlox plants are known for their amazing blooms throughout the summer months – their flowers can be found in shades of red, pink, salmon and lavender, and you might just even find them in white. Since these plants can grow to be approximately four feet tall, just make sure you have enough room before adding one to your garden!

Purple Coneflower

So long as your garden is located in a sunny part of your yard, you should seriously consider purple coneflower if you want to have a swarm of butterflies surrounding your blooms. That’s because several butterfly species are attracted to its nectar, and an added benefit for you is that they’ll keep your garden looking stunning throughout the entire summer season.

Salvia

Ranging in size from short to tall, and ranging in color from red to orange, purple and pink, these are some of butterfly’s favorites each and every summer. Similar to the purple coneflower, these flowers do best in a sunny environment, and they also enjoy well-drained soil.

Zinnia

You love zinnia, we love zinnia and butterflies sure love zinnia too! A particular bloom that thrives all summer long, and in a number of colors we might add, these are the perfect addition to any garden if you want to see groups of butterflies fluttering throughout your yard.

Tips For Attracting Butterflies To Your Garden

When you have a goal of attracting butterflies to your garden, one of the most important things to know is what they’re looking for. A number one priority of theirs? To find nectar. That’s because they play a major role in pollination! Although bees may be viewed as the superior insect when it comes to pollination, butterflies can certainly get the job done too – as they travel from flower to flower in search of food, they collect pollen on their body and their legs and carry it with them to the various other flowers that they visit during the day (butterflies are more active during the day time and pollinate when the flowers are open). But in addition to finding plants and flowers that produce enough nectar that encourages this process, butterflies also enjoy sunny spots and shelter to protect them from the wind and other weather conditions, so be sure to consider this when you position each of your flowers and plants. Here are a few other tips we think you should know:

Butterfly on Flower

1. Adult butterflies primarily seek out flowers that are orange, yellow, pink or purple.
2. Butterflies rely on nectar throughout their entire adult life, so if you want to continuously see them in your yard, make sure you have plants ready to bloom at all possible times.
3. Certain insecticides, such as malathion and diazinon, are attractive to some gardeners because of their ability to kill insects. But if you want to keep butterflies coming to you, then stay away from them!

As we get closer to Spring, are you starting to think about what you’ll plant in your garden this year? If you want to see more than just flowers, then we highly recommend including some of the above beautiful blooms!