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1-Purple coneflower 2-Dill 3-Hollyhock 4-Joe-Pye weed 5-Globe centaurea 6-Peony 7-Turtlehead 8-Swamp milkweed 9-Yarrow 10-Queen Anne lace 11-Tawny daylily 12-Marine heliotrope 13-Gayfeather 14-Butterfly weed 15-Petunia 16-Mountain bluet 17-Annual aster 18-Autumn Joy sedum 19-Rock cress 20-French marigold 21-Happy Returns daylily 22-Blanket flower 23-Nasturtium 24-Goldenrod

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Designing a Butterfly Garden

Flower nectar is the primary food source for most butterflies and is obtained from many annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vines and herbs. Most of the flowers butterflies favour are ones that gardeners choose for their beauty or fragrance. Many are often recommended for attracting hummingbirds, but butterflies prefer a slightly different garden design from hummingbirds. The main difference in a butterfly garden design is that they require open, sunny gardens, since butterflies are cold-blooded and need sunlight to warm their bodies, often flying only when temperatures are at least 60F. Butterflies need a food source, water, cover from the elements, and a place to spend the night. The environment must be stable and predictable and balancing all the components butterflies require is part of the challenge and art of butterfly gardening.

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To attract butterflies, you'll need:

-Sunshine

-Colorful flowers--including purple, orange, yellow, and red

-Shelter from the wind and for hibernating (some butterflies actually spend the winter in the Midwest)
-Nectar plants to provide food for the adults
-Host plants to provide food for the caterpillars

Be sure to create a mass of color and include flowers that have landing pads, like daisies, yarrow, and sunflowers.

Add a few annuals, like lantana, penta, and single-petal zinnias. Plant a touch of perennials, such as butterfly weed, meadow blazing star, and black-eyed Susan. And throw in an herb or two, like fennel or parsley.

When possible, use soaker hoses. Watering from sprinklers can wash eggs, pollen, and caterpillars off of the plants. It also limits the time butterflies have to reach flowers.

If you have lots of space, add these:

-Tall plants for nighttime roosting shelter

-Basking stones to help cool butterflies get warm in the morning sun

-Some rotting fruit for early spring flyers like mourning cloaks, red admirals, painted ladies, and angelwings

-Mud, sand, or damp soil, which offer moisture and minerals

Only have a little room?
Just have an apartment terrace or small deck? That's okay! You still can attract lots of butterflies using container gardens.



How to create butterfly habitat only a small amount of space is needed to provide butterfly habitat.
 You can create butterfly-friendly habitat by providing food (nectar plants), cover, water, and larval plants. Before you start, plan ahead. Map your yard and determine what environmental conditions you have (i.e., soil type and amount of sun). Locate gardens near areas that are sheltered from wind. Select areas that receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Plant flowers in large diverse groups. Choose plants that vary in color, season of bloom, and height to provide different foraging opportunities and maximum year-round habitat for butterflies. Choose flowers with different structures. Butterflies have different length proboscises (tongues) that determine which flowers they can feed from. Provide cover and shelter such as broad-leaved trees, shrubs, and log piles. Provide several landing pads or sunbathing perches in open and sunny areas throughout the garden. Butterflies rely to a large degree on thermal heating and sunbathe in these open spots. Provide a water source or puddle for butterflies. Bury a bucket or shallow lid in the ground and fill it with equal ratios of sand and soil, then periodically saturate the sand/soil mixture with water. Provide access to the water puddle by placing a few large rocks around the bucket or lid.

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Monarchs need your help NOW! During the past few years about 75% of the wintering Monarchs from North America froze to death in Mexico as a result of three days of rain and sub freezing conditions, there is also a Nationwide shortage of milkweed. These freak weather patterns and destroyed habitat kills millions of helpless Monarchs. Habitat must be protected now to ensure their survival, before we see the day when this miracle of Nature is only a memory. The Monarchs need your help NOW, please plant seeds and ensure their survival.
Milkweed in every yard!