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Aug 23, 2006
How To Attract Butterflies
Adapted from The Family Butterfly Book, by Rick Mikula.
Butterflies, with their gorgeous colors and lilting flight, are such a joy to watch. They add so much beauty to our summers, like seeing flowers flying.

It’s easy to invite more butterflies to make a seasonal stop in your yard. Find out which plants they just can't resist - and learn a few fun facts about butterflies that you may not know, right here.



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Here are 20 plants that will invite butterflies to your yard!
20 FAVORITE PERENNIAL PLANTS FOR BUTTERFLIES

Asters: late summer to fall

Bee balm (bergamot): summer through fall

Butterfly weed: summer through fall

Clover (white or red): summer to fall

Coreopsis: summer to fall

Dianthus: spring to fall

Lavender: summer

Lupine: late spring to early summer

Mints: all summer

Passionflower: summer to fall

Phlox: summer to fall

Purple coneflower: summer to fall

Sage: summer to fall

Salvia: summer to fall

Scabiosa 'Butterfly blue': summer through fall

Shasta daisy: summer

Thistle: late spring through fall

Violet: spring

Yarrow: summer

Fun Facts ABout Butterflies

Have you ever heard that if you touch a butterfly, you'll rub off the powder from its wings, and it will die? Or that if a butterfly gets a drop of water on it, it will drown? Ever hear that a torn or broken butterfly wing will grow back? And everyone knows that all butterflies go to Mexico for the winter, right?

Actually, none of these statements is true! A lot of myths like these were probably started with the best intentions, so that people wouldn't harm butterflies.

The truth is,that butterflies have evolved to survive and thrive in extreme conditions. They exist everywhere in the world except for Antarctica. Butterflies are definitely stronger than they look: many species migrate thousands of miles every year, and not just to Mexico!

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