Plants to attract butterflies to your yard
Tips to attract and keep butterflies in your yard:
Pesticides are a butterfly’s worst enemy. If absolutely necessary, apply only organic pesticides sparingly and selectively after sun-down, when most butterflies are inactive. Even better, attract beneficial insects and birds to your yard to keep pest populations under control, naturally.
Create basking spots for butterflies by placing a few flat stones in sunny, sheltered locations.
Leaf litter, fallen logs, or brush piles allow adult butterflies a safe place to hibernate.
Leave garden cleanup until spring or do it carefully in the fall to avoid destroying the pupae of butterflies that overwinter on plant stems or leaf litter.
Add some night-blooming flowers, such as Evening Primrose, Fireweed, Phlox, and Cardinal Flower, to attract night-flying moths.
Suggested Plants to Attract Butterflies:
To attract butterflies to your garden, there are two types of plants to consider: ones that draw the adult butterfly, and, more important, plants for the young larvae that will become those beautiful adults.
Larval Food Plants of Vancouver Island Butterflies
* A great choice for butterflies associated with Garry oak ecosystems.
Spiraea, Oceanspray, Dogwood, Viburnum, Cherry, Ceanothus
Grasses To provide nectar for adult butterflies in your garden:
* A great choice for butterflies associated with Garry Oak ecosystems.