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Flowers are a source of adding beauty and color to your garden. This beauty and color can be increased in another way. What is that? Yes, you can add another decorative and lively element in your garden and that is butterflies. If you want to attract butterflies to your garden, you must know that what types of flowers attract butterflies. For your help and information, I would like to suggest you some flowers that will attract butterflies to your garden.

Aster

In Greek language, aster means a star and this name has been given to this plant because its flowers have a shape like that of a star. Being a member of Compositae family, these flowers are commonly found in North America having more than 175 species. These flowers also grow in South America, Europe and Asia. Blooms of aster have yellow color in the center and have a diameter of about half inch to two inches. They have attractive colors like purple, pink, yellow and white. These flowers are perennial and require full sunshine and drained soil for their proper and healthy growth and the kinds of butterflies which they attract include American painted lady, question mark, American snout and sleepy orange butterfly.

Butterfly Bush

These spiky flowers grow on six feet tall woody-stemmed bushes and can be grown from three to ten inches long. Having more than 100 species, these flowers are very fragrant and contain considerable quantity of nectar. They come in beautiful colors like red, purple, blue and pink and the butterflies which they attract include monarch, giant swallowtail, coma and mourning cloak.

Zinnias

These annual flowers grow on long and green stalk and belong to Asteraceae family. These flowers are round-shaped and are popularly known for their attractive colors like yellow, pink, orange and red. Zinnias are native to American Southwest and Mexico but at the same time they are grown in warm climates as well. Butterflies which are attracted by zinnias include silvery checkerspot, painted lady, cloudless sulphur and little glassywing.

These were some types of flowers that attract butterflies towards them so if you want to attract butterflies to your garden, you are required to plant these flowers in your garden.

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Blue butterflies are one of the most attractive and charming butterflies. The reason is their unique color because most of the people think that butterflies have some common colors like brown, white etc. Blue color in butterflies is considered to be very unique and rare and most of us are ignorant that there is a special species of butterflies that are blue in color. Surprisingly, blue butterflies are in abundance in the world except from some of the endangered species. Here in this article I am going to describe some types of blue butterflies for your further information and knowledge.

The first type of blue butterflies is Mission Blue butterflies which are found in California. Male and female butterflies have different colors and patterns. Female butterflies are of brown color having small spots of blue color on the internal portion of wings while the males are totally blue in color and have black trim on the top of wings. On the inner side of the wings, male butterflies have white and black spots. Both male and female butterflies look very attractive and beautiful flying in the garden.

Eastern Tailed Blue butterflies are found in the eastern areas of United States. Arizona, California and Washington are some places where they are seen too. Eastern tailed blue butterflies like to eat asters, wild strawberries and clover plants.

Karner Blue butterflies are among one of the species of blue butterfly that are in danger of extinction because they are facing lack of food and loss of habitat. These butterflies look very beautiful in their blue color. Male and female butterflies differ in color. Male butterflies have silvery blue color having dark black color on the edges of the wings. The color of females is a mixture of gray and brown. But at the top of the wings, there is orange and blue color that makes the butterflies look attractive.

There is another type of blue butterflies that are found in the United States along with the coast of Pacific. These butterflies are named Pacific Dotted Blue butterflies. You can see these butterflies flying in the deserts, mountains, coastline, rock-strewn slopes and hills.  The male butterflies have beautiful lilac blue color of their wings while females are brown. On the inner side of wings both males and females have off-white color.

Fender’s Blue butterflies are featured with silvery blue color and they can be seen in Oregon. Their major source of food is a wild flower named Kincaid’s Lupine. It is also endangered specie and the reason behind this is loss of main food and locale.

These were some common types of blue butterflies. Some of its species are safe while others are in a great danger. Extensive efforts on a large scale are required to save the endangered species so that they can continue to attract us with their magnificent beauty and unique color.

 

Butterflies not only add beauty to your garden but also serve many other purposes in local ecosystem. Adult butterflies help in pollination, while both adults and caterpillars are the main food sources for birds and other animals.

Butterflies, like all wildlife, want to live in the place where there is enough food, water, and shelter. However, they need two types of food, one for the caterpillars (larval stage) and the other for the adult butterflies.

To attract butterflies, your garden will need the following:

  • Nectar plants for butterflies. Plants that provide food for butterflies are called nectar plants. If you want to attract butterflies to your garden then grow plants that bear nectar-producing flowers because nectar is the major source of butterfly’s food.

When selecting nectar plants for your garden, it is important to select different kinds of flowering plants with blooming time spaced out across summer, spring, and early autumn.

Some of the well-known nectar plants include:
Asters, Milkweeds, Azalea, black-eyed Susan, Phlox, Coneflowers, Oregano, Clover, Sunflowers, Mint, Marigolds, Zinnias, Bush Cinquefolia, Butterfly bush, Privet, Lilac, and Redbud Sweet pea, Lilac, Cosmos, Thistles, and various fruit trees.

  • Host plants for caterpillars. Plants that provide food for caterpillars are called host plants. Growing hose plants in your garden provides butterflies a place to lay their eggs. Therefore, if you want to attract unusual and uncommon butterflies in your garden then grow plants that caterpillars love to eat.

Some of the most common host plants include:
Milkweeds, Hollyhocks, Fennel, Parsley, Dill, Wild Senna, Passion Vine, Pipe Vine, Carrot, Wild Lilacs, Buckthorns, Hop-tree, Passion Vine, Wild Plums and Cherries, Sage, Citrus, Ashes, Poplar, and Wild Lime.

  • Enough sunlight. Butterflies love sunlight. You need to ensure that all the butterfly-attracting plants receive direct sunlight for much of the day, so that butterflies do not leave your garden in search of plants that are exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Shallow watering container. Butterflies need water frequently especially in hot days. There are number of choices to provide water to the butterflies. Some of them are as follows:

1.Fill a terracotta pot or small plastic container with pebbles and add water in it.
2.Add marbles in an old Frisbee and fill it with water.
3.Place an old cup into the ground near the plants and keep it filled with water.
4.Use an old pizza or jelly roll pan to provide water to butterflies.
5.Fill a shallow ceramic bowl, an old baking dish, or a large plate with sand and sink it into the ground. Ensure that the sand in it always stays moist.

  • Shelter from bad weather conditions. Butterflies need shelter during heavy rainstorms, strong winds, and other bad weathers. They usually look for shelter in trees, shrubs, and other densely planted places. You need to provide both sunny open areas and dense shadier ones for the butterflies to encourage them to stay in your garden.
  • Insecticides free environment. If you want to attract butterflies, never use insecticides and pesticides in your garden. These chemicals not only harm the insects, but also keep the butterflies at bay.

By following the above mentioned points, you will be able to turn your ordinary garden into a butterfly garden where you can not only enjoy the beautiful flowers but also the colorful butterflies.