Looking to draw butterflies into your backyard? Well here is a list of the plants that they love. These nectar loving plants; both annuals and perennials, will attract the pollinators you love, and even feed the larvae that live on them.
Among the many perennials that attract pollinators are alliums, coneflowers, chives, forget-me-nots, Valerian, sunflowers, yarrow, catmint, and goldenrod.
There are many larvae you may find in your flower garden including; black swallowtail, mourning cloak, tiger swallowtail, monarch, viceroy, red-spotted purple, Great Spangled fritillary, and buckeye.
There are many reasons to attract pollinators to your garden. Pollinators are crucial for making food through pollination. Without these pollinators, our food chain would collapse. Additionally, many of these pollinators are at risk of extinction through their ecosystems being destroyed over the years. Your pollinator garden can create the island of life a pollinator species needs to survive in your area.
Each plant can host different larvae. Carrots, parsley. and dill can host black swallowtail. Willows and elms can host Mourning cloak larvae. Wild cherry, birch. and popular can attract tiger swallowtails. Milkweed and butterfly weed can attract monarchs. Willows and poplars can attract red-spotted purple. Willows can attract viceroy larvae.
This infographic is provided by the University of Illinois Extension, check out their website for more great content on annuals and perennials. In the meantime, share this infographic with your friends, family, and others so that we can all build a healthier environment.
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