The butterfly weed flower or Asclepias tuberose is a species that serves both as a food source for monarch butterflies and as a host plant for them to lay their eggs. Although they have similar common names butterfly bush Buddleja spp and butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa are two different plants.
And like many flowering plants it supplies lots of nectar.
Flower that looks like a butterfly. Pollinators adore the tiny blooms of sweet alyssum. Thank you very much for the visits. And true if the tree attracts butterflies its garden worthy.
Butterfly Bush Doesnt Really Benefit Butterflies. The plant will attract butterflies as well as birds including hummingbirds. This annual looks lovely cascading from containers window boxes and hanging baskets or tucked into a rock garden as a flowering ground cover.
Gorgeous flower by the way. Fall flowers like goldenrod and sedum bring butterflies well after summer ends. The striking appearance of the Psychopsis flowers led to its common nickname – the butterfly orchid as they closely resemble large brightly-colored butterflies.
The flowers have long thin petals that look like antennas and brightly colored sepals that resemble butterfly wings. Shamrocks are vigorous spreading plants that can quickly take over a yard. Give it full sun and regularly trim the dead blooms to encourage new ones.
The bright purple leaves are bent upwards so they appear like butterflies floating above the stem. Shamrocks particularly the purple shamrock or Oxalis triangularis have triangular-shaped leaves with soft edges that often look like butterflies. Youll adore the honey-sweet scent.
If you want to focus on attracting Monarch butterflies try planting milkweed zinnias and the Miss Molly butterfly bush. Clethra alnifolia Sweet Pepperbush This beautiful shrub has fragrant white or pink flower spikes in the late summer and will grow in sun part shade and shade as well as with clay soil. 1 Sweet Alyssum.
But when its the only species you grow for butterflies youre not going to have butterflies anymore Tallamy warns. Autumn Belle Wednesday May 26 2010. When they hatch the larvae eat the foliage that contains a milky substance called cardiac glycoside which is.
In zones 5-6 buddleia dies to the ground in winter returning the the following spring. Also spelled buddleja pronounce it BUD-lee-ah either way this bush produces spires of sweet-scented tiny flowers that seem to draw butterflies like a magnet. Theres no denying that butterfly bushs long narrow tufts of flowers look beautiful.
From the front the flower looks a bit like a butterfly from the side it looks to me like a praying mantis. Once established your butterfly garden will keep those winged beauties in sight all season long.