Good Nectar Flowers: Butterfly Weed
(Asdepias tuberosa), Bloodflower (Asdepias curassavica), Honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.
The butterfly weed
is a tall perennial wildflower with delicate blooms that are reddish-orange with touches of yellow.
(Asclepias tuberosa) may be a rangy-looking plant, but because it's so cherished by monarch butterflies, this perennial is especially rewarding to grow.
Seeds of most hardy perennials, including butterfly weed
, columbine, liatris, and penstemon, require a period of chilling to germinate.
He's had good luck with this method with roses, butterfly weed
, and artichokes.
This 10- by 75-foot prairielike section combines blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis) with perennials, including blanket flower (Gaillardia grandiflora), butterfly weed
(Asclepias tuberosa), Penstemon barbatus, and Thelesperma filifolium.
(Asclepias tuberosa) is the most restrainable and garden-worthy of the many milkweeds.
are edging out delphiniums, clethra is hobnobbing with flowering dogwood, and sunflower is strutting like a prima donna.
Good nectar plants include Black-Eyed Susans, butterfly bushes, butterfly weeds
, goldenrods, purple coneflowers, and zinnia.
Other good larva plants include milkweeds and butterfly weeds
(for Monarch larva), snapdragons (buckeye larva), sassafras (spicebush swallowtail), violets (spangled fritillary), cherry trees (tiger swallowtail and viceroy) and honeysuckle (hummingbird moth).
For example, Monarch caterpillars will only feed on butterfly weeds
(also known as milkweed).