The Q&A Archives: creating a butterfly garden

Question: I wish to create a butterfly garden. The area is under part of our roof so it is shady, and I have to water everything by hand.I live in south Fl. the area is about 12ft by 10 ft. which plants will do well in this type of setting and attract butterflies for feeding and reproducing?

Answer: It's difficult to find plants for shady sites that will attract butterflies, but here are a few to consider: Aster carolinianus (Climbing Aster), Befaria racemosa
(Tar flower), Asclepias tuberosa (Scarlet milkweed), Monarda didyma (Bee balm), Carphephorus paniculatus (Deer tongue), Verbena tempensis (Verbena) and Carolina Jessamine. Hope this short list gets you started on a beautiful garden.

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