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
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
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!