20 Flowers that Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Flowers are nice... but butterflies are better! At least I think so. And if you plant the right flowers, you can attract these ethereal little creatures to your garden throughout the spring, summer and fall.

That's right: while butterflies tend to be abundant in spring, that doesn't mean you can't have flowers that attract butterflies to your garden during the summer and fall as well. Below I've listed several flowers for each different season so (depending on your local climate) you can attract butterflies for most months out of the year!

Flowers that Attract Butterflies in the Spring
  1. Moss Phlox
  2. Lilac
  3. Peony
  4. Clover
  5. Chives
  6. Violets
  7. Narcissus
  8. Crocus

Flowers that Attract Butterflies in the Summer

  1.  Coneflower
  2.  Lantana
  3.  Tiger Lilies
  4.  Sunflowers
  5.  Black-Eyed Susans
  6.  Buddleia 

Flowers that Attract Butterflies in the Fall

  1.  Goldenrod
  2.  Sedum
  3.  Salvia
  4.  Aster
  5.  White Snakeroot
  6.  Sneezeweed

Stokes Butterfly Book : The Complete Guide to Butterfly Gardening, Identification, and Behavior Of course, it helps if you're trying to attract butterflies that normally live in your region! Here's a useful site for seeing which butterflies are native to your specific area.

For some more in-depth coverage of how to attract butterflies to your garden, check out Stokes Butterfly Book: The Complete Guide to Butterfly Gardening, Identification, and Behavior. No true butterfly enthusiast should be without it!

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