Plant Nectar Plants that Attract Butterflies

By Jack and Diane Voelker / Photography By Jack and Diane Voelker | June 12, 2017
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Bees and butterflies account for the pollination of 70 percent of our fruit and vegetable crops–not to mention an abundance of flowers–making their welfare and sustainability essential to human health and well-being.

The iconic monarch and its migration, once a familiar sight throughout much of North America, is now threatened. Over the past 20 years, the monarch population has dropped nearly 90 percent due to massive loss of habitat, expanded use of insecticides and herbicides and the impacts of climate change.

Wildflowers and nectar plants, are a critical source of food for adult monarchs and other pollinators.

On the local level, gardeners can plant milkweed and nectar plants to take up the monarch cause.

NECTAR PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES

Aster*
Azure Blue
Sage*
Beardtongue*
Bee Balm*
Black-eyed Susan*
Blanket Flower
Blazing Star*
Blue Salvia*
Boneset*
Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Weed*
Cardinal Flower*
Coral Bells
Delphinium
Field Thistle*
Foxglove
Fuchsia
Giant Hyssop/Mints*
Goldenrod*
Hollyhock
Impatiens
Joe Pye Weed*
Lamb's Quarters
Lantanas
Milkweed*
Mistflower*
Queen Anne's Lace*
Petunias
Phlox*
Pickerelweed*
Purple Cone Flower*
Sedum
Smooth Oxeye*
Sunflower*
Tickseed*
Vervain*
Weigela
Wild Bergamot*
Zinnias

*Native to WNY

 

Article from Edible Western NY at http://ediblewesternny.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/plant-nectar-plants-attract-butterflies
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