“The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly.” – Ponce Denis Ecouchard Le Brun.
One of the joys of working at the nursery is watching the butterflies fluttering inside to feed on the flowers after they have bloomed. There are hundreds of varieties of plants growing on benches and the butterflies know exactly which ones hold the nectar.
From observing them recently I noticed one of the butterfly’s favorite plants was the Lantana. We had a bench filled with Landscape Gold Lantana and the Monarch Butterflies were fluttering all over them searching for nectar.
The Asclepias or Milkweed plant was also one of the most attractive to butterflies at the nursery. They were especially searching out the Silky Deep Red and Scarlet Asclepias, but also loved the Gold and Mixed varieties.
Other popular Butterfly attracting plants growing at the nursery are Buddleia or Butterfly Bush, Dianthus, Echinacea or Coneflower, Agastache, Ageratum, Phlox, Viola, Pansy, Salvia, Alyssum, Lobularia, Coreopsis or Tickseed, and Zinnia. To grow your own butterfly garden, all of these Butterfly plug plants can be found at BountifulPlants.com!
Watch Video of a Monarch Butterfly on Lantana at the Nursery: