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These Flowers Attract Butterflies
Flowers that attract butterflies to the garden: Environmental stress and other outside influences are not only a problem for bees and other insects, but also for butterflies. To keep their strength up, they need sweet flower nectar and an occasional spot to sunbathe with wings spread.
A real treat for the little flutterers: wild bushes, wildflowers, wild herbs. About fifty butterfly species feed on nettles, so feel free to leave some of the otherwise unpopular plants. Little foxes (butterfly species), for example, lay their eggs on the leaves, and the caterpillars will have plenty of food later.
Citronella butterflies, on the other hand, prefer buckthorn, and tree whites fly to fruit trees.
Flowers And Plants To Lure Butterflies To Your Garden
Blue Cushion (Aubrieta)
After the little butterflies awaken from their hibernation, the early-flowering bluebush offers them good food.
As the name suggests, the flowers shine in intense shades of blue, as well as red and purple. The cushion plant thrives best in a sunny spot on sandy loam soil.
The butterfly bush (Buddleia)
A peacock butterfly cannot resist it: Do you want to attract beautiful guests to your garden? Then you need butterfly bushes. The scent and color of this plant are not only loved by butterflies. But they like to feast on the nectar.
The flower panicles of the “summer lilac” are smaller than those of the common lilac – but they are both beautiful. But it is the summer lilac, also known as the butterfly bush, that attracts the filigree insects.
The Autumn Aster (Aster Dumosus)
Autumn asters bloom late in the year and provide insects with the last reserves of food – important for all the butterflies that hibernate.
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Asters are hardy and easy to care for. You should prune the plant back after flowering. Morning is the best time to water.
Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia)
If you love French cuisine, you know lavender as an herb in the famous mixture of “Provençal herbs” – if you love nice smells, you know lavender as an ingredient in many fine perfumes.
And if you like butterflies, you will love the plant in your garden. Butterflies are attracted to the lavender scent: since it can be produced synthetically, the cultivation of real lavender has steadily declined.
The Marjoram (Origanum Majorana)
Blue butterflies love to feast on the nectar of marjoram flowers. Marjoram is of the lipflower family and is also known as sausage herb.
But don’t worry, your garden won’t smell like sausage if you plant marjoram. The plant gets its name from its leaves, which are added to sausage meat as a flavoring. Butterflies are more attracted to the smell of the essential oils in the tiny flowers.
The herb, which is native to warm regions around the Mediterranean, likes a location sheltered from the wind, but in full sun – just like butterflies.
The silverleaf (Lunaria)
It’s a sight for sore eyes when playful butterflies feast on the nectar the purple flowering silverleaf. Silverleaf, with its purple or white flowers, is popular with butterflies and bees.
The name of this annual plant refers to its seed-filled, round and glistening silver pods. Silverleaf is easy to care for, but loves sun – as does the aurora butterfly, which likes to visit the plant.
The flowers of stonecrop or Sedum spectabile are a beautiful sight, especially with a butterfly on top.
The fleshy leaves of stonecrop store water – good for dry areas and rock gardens. The plant is also called wall pepper because it grows like a carpet on walls. Butterflies love the small flowers; they prefer plants with flowers between red and pink. Stonecrop is easy to care for; you can also keep the plant in a container. They bloom until late summer.