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DAYSIDE GARDEN: Plants to attract butterflies

Updated: Friday, May 23 2014, 11:42 AM CDT
It is time to install plants to attract butterflies.
A low maintenance plant for gardeners that also attracts butterflies is Yarrow or Achillea.  This is an easy to grow perennial that can tolerate some drier conditions once it is established.

There is a selection called 'Terra Cotta' with flowers that start yellow and then mature to a deep bronze.  If you want another color, plants also come in flower colors of white or pink.

Adult butterflies will visit the flowers to get nectar.  Leaves are very feathery and plants grow well and are easy to divide. 

Foliage will be low growing but flower stalks will rise about 1 foot above the foliage in late spring and early summer. 

Place plants in full sun or areas that receive good morning sun and afternoon shade.

DAYSIDE GARDEN: Plants to attract butterflies


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