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Butterfly Gardening with Native Nurseries
|Butterfly Gardening||Nectar Food Plants to Entice and Nourish Butterflies
If you only have room for four, plant:
Butterfly Bush →
The foundation of the
butterfly garden; lavender,
white, pink or purple flowers
all summer and fall;
cut back in late February
or early March
for best results.
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|Two: Pentas ↑
In Tallahassee pentas can easily be grown as an annual, but will usually serve as a perennial
if heavily mulched over winter. It is slow to come back in the spring, so you might
want add one or two new ones for the butterflies until the plants from previous years sprout.
Pink or red are the best.
|Three: Lantana ↑
Cold hardy perennial (in Tallahassee) that disappears in winter but comes back consistently
in spring; many colors and heights to choose from; prune two or three times through the
season for optimum blooming.
Native to south Florida
but a tender perennial in Tallahassee,
bright orange flowers on a shrub
with pretty foliage.
Donna reports that hers
comes back every year.
Particularly enjoyed by
|More Nectar Food Plants . . .
Wildflowers, Herbs, Perennials and Annuals:
Mexican sunflower (Tithonia)
Mexican Bush Sage
|Larval Food Plants for Some of the Butterflies
You will Likely see in Tallahassee:
Black Swallowtail—parsley, dill, fennel, rue, native snakeroot (Eryngium)
Giant Swallowtail—rue, citrus, hoptree, Hercules' club
Spicebush Swallowtail—redbay, sweetbay, spicebush, sassafras
Tiger Swallowtail—tulip poplar, cherry, willow
Palamedes Swallowtail—redbay, sweetbay, sassfras
Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Longwing—passionvine
Variegated Fritillary—passionvine, wild violets
Common Buckeye—Agalinis, snapdragon
Red Admiral—false nettle
Red-spotted Purple—willow, hawthorn, cherry
Cloudless Sulphur, Orange-barred Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Little Yellow—Senna,
Southern Dogface—Leadplant or Indigo Shrub (Amorpha)
Hackberry Emperor, Tawny Emperor, American Snout, Question Mark—Hackberry
Long-tailed Skipper—legumes, native wisteria
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