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Butterfly-Attracting Plants

October 24, 2011

If you’re shopping for end-season bargains to attract butterflies next spring through fall, here are a few perennials to consider:

  • Aster/Michaelmas Daisy (Aster spp.)
  • Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
  • Black-eye Susan (Rudbeckia spp.)
  • Butterly bush (Buddleia spp.)
  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Cape Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)
  • Catnip (Nepeta mussinii)
  • Ceanothus (Ceanothus spp.)
  • Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
  • Coreposis (Coreopsis spp.)
  • Gaillardia/Blanket flower (Gaillardia grandifola)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Liatris (Liatris spp.)
  • Phlox(Phlosx spp.)
  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Scabiosa (Scabiosa atropurpurea)
  • Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina)

Most of these nectar plants grow well in California. For more choices within your zone, check with a local nursery or master gardener office.

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