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Do you want to see monarch butterflies in your garden? If yes then you will have to grow those flowering plants in your garden which attract monarch butterflies. Do not you know about those flowering plants? Don’t worry. In this post, I am going to provide you with the names of those flowers which you can grow to attract monarch butterflies. These flowers include Purple Coneflowers, English Lavender and of course, Milkweed.

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower is a perennial plant which can grow to a height of 2 to 3 feet. As its name suggests, this flowering plant produces flowers of pink and purple color in months of June, July and August. You can plant purple coneflowers in either sunny or partial shaded area. These flowers require moist and fertile soil to grow. Although these are drought tolerant, they still required to be watered during hot summer months.

English Lavender

English Lavender is a flowering shrub and an evergreen perennial. It naturally grows on dry and rocky grassy hills and if you want to grow them in your garden, you will require a sunny location for this purpose. It can be grown easily as it can tolerate different types of soils and humidity levels. Growing up to 2 to 4 feet tall, this plant produces pink, purple or blue flowers throughout summer season.

Milkweed

These plants are necessary to grow in your garden if you want to attract monarch butterflies. The reason is quite obvious. Monarch butterflies lay eggs on milkweed and at the same time, these plants are a major source of nectar. Milkweed can be grown in all types of soils such as dry, moist or wet. It requires sunny or partially shaded area to grow well. It can also tolerate dry weather conditions but still it requires to be watered during hot months. There are different varieties of milkweed plant which you can grow in your garden such as:

Scarlet Milkweed: Scarlet milkweed produces red or orange flowers and can grow up to 3 to 4 feet high.

Common Milkweed: Common milkweed is a beautiful plant as it produces flowers in burgundy color. These plants can be naturally found in fields, along roadsides, waste grounds and woods.

Swamp Milkweed: They grow almost in the same areas in which common milkweed grows and they produce flowers in white or pink color.

 Butterfly Weed: Being shorter than other types of milkweed, it can reach to a height of just 18 to 24 inches. They produce yellow or white blooms and are found in those areas in which we find common milkweed.

Butterflies make a garden look vibrant and alive with their colors and elegance. Monarch butterflies are one of the butterflies gardeners want to see in their garden. How to attract them to your garden? Follow these simple tips and attract monarch butterflies to your garden and enjoy their grace:

  • Most of the adult monarch butterflies like nectar present in flowers so you can plant those flowers in garden. These flowers include lantana, daisies, coneflowers, daylilies and sedum. All these are perennials which bloom after year and year. If you have an herb garden, fill it with mints, verbena and bee-balm.
  • Female butterflies always fly here and there in search of plants where they can lay eggs. You can also grow those plants on which monarch butterflies lay their eggs. Monarch butterflies like to lay their eggs on milkweed. Milkweed has different species and you do not need many efforts to grow these plants. Some types of milkweed which you can grow include Showy Milkweed, Smooth Milkweed, White Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Green Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed and Sand Milkweed. After young caterpillars come out of eggs, you may don’t like them to be in your main garden. The solution to this problem is simple. You may plant milkweed away from main garden area that is near to nectar plants.
  • Male monarch butterflies also like to be gathered around damp sand and mud ponds. If you want to attract monarch butterflies to your garden, you should consider about making such a spot for them. For this, dig a spot and fill it with thin layer of sand and then cover it with dirt. Don’t forget to keep the sand and dirt moist throughout summer season. Again to save beauty of your main garden, make this puddle in your yard away from major garden area.
  • Monarch butterflies also need a shelter area to protect themselves from harsh weather conditions like strong winds. Make sure you have a shelter area in your garden. You can also buy attractive butterfly houses but they are just only for decoration because butterflies actually don’t like to stay in these butterfly houses.

Throughout summer season, monarch butterflies undergo four cycles so make sure that you are providing them with above mentioned requirements during all summer and especially in late summer.