Grow plants that attract butterflies to your yard

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Triad -- Butterflies are nice visitors to your yard; you may feel lucky when one drops by. Here's a way to make them regular guests.

Different species of butterflies like different types of nectar. They are attracted to specific tastes and colors. The more variety you have, the more diverse your butterfly population will be. Here are a few types of plants to try according to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Aster
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Coreopsis
  • Daylillies
  • Goldenrod
  • Hibiscus
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Marigold
  • Oxeye Daisies
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Redbud
  • Rosemary
  • Verbena

Try planting both wild and cultivated plants. Give it even more variety by planting things that bloom at different times of the day and different times of the year. You'll want to group similar things together so it will be easier for them to see.

When you design your butterfly garden, keep a few things in mind. Like all insects, butterflies are cold blooded. They can't regulate their own body temperature. They like to soak up some rays on sunny days but you won't see much of them on cloudy days. Make sure you leave a sunny spot - maybe with some rocks for them to hang out on when the weather is nice. Also have some shade so they can hide when it is cloudy or if it gets too hot for them.

If this all seems like a little too much work, there are other options. There are butterfly gardens in the Triad. You might want to visit the R.R. Allen Family Butterfly Garden and Fountain in the Greensboro Arboretum. There is also the All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm in High Point.

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

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