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Plants that attract butterflies

Isobel
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Plants that attract butterflies

I'd like to attract more butterflies to my garden. What should I plant?

greygardener
Super Contributor

Re: Plants that attract butterflies

You need to cater to all stages of a butterfly's life - egg, caterpillar, butterfly. Caterpillars like food plants, while butterflies love nectar. Wattles can offer both. You also will need to avoid using any chemicals. 

 

Melbourne Zoo has a great guide - http://www.zoo.org.au/sites/default/files/10-steps-butterfly-gardening-zoo-highlights_1.pdf

CathD
Super Contributor

Re: Plants that attract butterflies

Flowers that typically have tubular or long flowers are pollinated by butterflies.

 

Try these:

  • Bottlebrush
  • Buddleia
  • Daisies
  • Grevillea
  • Kangaroo paw
  • Lantana
  • Lavender
  • Melaleuca
  • Purple-top verbena
  • Tea tree
  • Wattle

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