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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jul 1, 2015 12:52 PM CST
Dill
Cilantro
sweet alyssum
Buckwheat
Fava beans

According to Mary Gardener. Thoughts?
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jul 5, 2015 8:07 AM CST
Interesting.

I don't know much but -- dill is a big beneficial attractor in my garden too. Other plants with umbel flowers are also good, like parsley and yarrow.

But, like my avatar says, wildflowers are the best attractors. Smiling I know they usually aren't invited to the garden but maybe they can be left to grow nearby somewhere. Right now, the Black-eyed Susans are full of bugs, some bad but many good. But I guess it makes sense that the good bugs will follow where they can find the pests that they like to eat.

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jul 7, 2015 9:37 AM CST
I would have to say the top five beneficial plants are all native species that were here before eurpoean arrival.

Cup/compass plant

wild burgamot

milkweed

asters

and golden rods.

These will draw in every bee and butterfly in for miles.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
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wildflowers
Jul 7, 2015 9:44 AM CST
Awesome list, Plantsmylove!! Thumbs up
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jul 7, 2015 10:26 AM CST

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I was in KY and WV last fall when the Goldenrods were blooming and they definitely attract a huge number of butterflies. For Floridians, I'd have to add Spanish Needles (Bidens alba) to my list because it's a great nectar plant for many butterflies and it hosts the Dainty Sulphur! I always try to keep some blooming around the yard.
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