Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Tried to woo the butterflies

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Jan 27, 2015 4:28 PM CST
We had a beyond gorgeous Butterfly Bush, it was lavender and here is a picture, but sadly it died last winter.
We had a dry winter and the bush had not been drenched good at the end of the season so it never made it, it was always loaded with butterflies and bees. So here at our new house we planted one just like the previous one at the old house. And it was getting butterflies and Hawk Moths. I also sliced up oranges and put into a dish and not one butterfly went for it.
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jan 28, 2015 9:10 AM CST

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Linda, I can't plant butterfly bush here in Florida because it is an invasive plant. But my grandma's neighbor has one up in WV and it certainly attracts the butterflies. As for the fruit thing, I've tried it before, and even though I know we have the species that prefer fruit (Red-Spotted Purples, especially), they never will come to my yard. They come and lay eggs on my cherry tree, but that's it. Maybe I'm too suburban for some of the butterflies that prefer things other than flowers. Back to WV, my aunt (who lives down the road from grandma), says she gets a lot of the Red-Spotted Purples when the apples fall off the trees. So maybe it helps to have a large concentration of fruit, in which case the butterflies are probably all hanging out in the orange groves here in FL.

The best way to attract butterflies and really get them to stick around is to plant their host plants. If you already have nectar plants in place, and then you add their host plants, they literally have no reason to leave because you're meeting all their needs in life. I know whenever we have people over to our house they're always amazed by how many butterflies we have in the yard. I keep telling people, "Plant it and they will come!"
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 21, 2015 9:03 AM CST
We lost our lovely Lilac 2 years ago to disease. I miss the old girl.
Name: Jason
Connecticut (Zone 5b)
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jaym1818
Feb 21, 2015 10:42 AM CST
freedombel said:We had a beyond gorgeous Butterfly Bush, it was lavender and here is a picture, but sadly it died last winter.
We had a dry winter and the bush had not been drenched good at the end of the season so it never made it, it was always loaded with butterflies and bees. So here at our new house we planted one just like the previous one at the old house. And it was getting butterflies and Hawk Moths. I also sliced up oranges and put into a dish and not one butterfly went for it.
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you're not the only one who lost bb last winter, I had a few going in my butterfly garden and I took cuttings of a few diff colors early in the season from a friends garden and they all took off and grew and flowered like crazy, they were in great shape and all but one died over the winter, I was so mad!!! I've heard that many people had the same problem, too cold and not enough snow to insulate them maybe?? Shrug!
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
Feb 21, 2015 10:46 AM CST
I think the pictured plant is a Lilac. Buddleja is the commonly known Butterfly Bush. Smiling

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