Roll out the red carpet for butterflies by selecting the plants, shrubs, and trees they crave. Ethereal and graceful, butterflies will reward your gardening efforts by enlivening your view and pollinating your plants.
When planning your garden, remember that the same native plants that add color, texture, and fragrance to your landscape are also much-needed food sources for pollinators.
Asters, Coneflower, Hyssop, Liatris, and Phlox draw several types of butterflies -- but flowering plants are just the beginning.
The Black Swallowtail feeds on Parsley, Fennel, and Carrots (both wild and cultivated). The Eastern Tailed-blue enjoys plants that belong to the Pea family, and the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is attracted to Wild Black Cherry and Tulip trees and a variety of lilies.
Elms attract the beautiful Question Mark and Eastern Comma butterflies. Question Marks will also feed on Hackberry trees. One of the first butterflies to appear in the spring, the Mourning Cloak, is drawn to Willows.
Encourage some White Clover to feed the Clouded Sulphurs, and plant Gerardia to benefit the Common Buckeye.
Save a bit of room in your garden for Asclepias, an important element in the Monarch’s life cycle. Rohsler’s invites local gardeners to plant the organically grown, chemical-free milkweed we grow from seed.
For the best advice butterfly gardening advice, be sure to visit Rohsler’s.
Rohsler's Allendale Nursery
100 Franklin Tpke
Allendale, NJ 07401-2231