Answer: You will attract the most butterflies if you plant Florida native plants including Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed), Asimina reticulata (Flatwoods Pawpaw), Bidens alba var. radiata (Spanish Needles), Hamelia patens (Firebush), Phyla nodiflora (Carpetweed) , Prunus umbellata (Flatwoods Plum), Vaccinium myrsinites (Shiny-leaved Blueberry, Pentas, Buddleia or Butterfly Bush, Heliotrope, Tithonia or Mexican Sunflower, Zinnias and moss verbena. They will also be attracted to a cutting garden if you use disc or ray type flowers or those with large flower clusters. For a comprehensive guide on attracting butterflies, check out a publication from Florida State University: http://www.floridaplants.com/Reprints/butterfly.pdf
Good luck with your butterfly garden!
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