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Name: Karen Jones
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kaykay
Nov 5, 2015 7:05 PM CST
Any ideas of making a fragrant butterfly garden?
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Weedwhacker
Nov 5, 2015 10:22 PM CST
Karen -- fragrant for the butterflies or for you? Big Grin

I do have plans for establishing a b'fly garden next year, but I've been trying to get to that plan for 2 years now so only time will tell. You might want to check out this forum: http://garden.org/forums/view/butterflies/ ?
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stone
Nov 6, 2015 7:35 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:Karen -- fragrant for the butterflies or you?

Totally...
I don't particularly notice butterflies being drawn to scented flowers...
But... Anything I grow, you could probably grow.

Lantana is a huge draw, but doesn't smell pleasant.
Clasping heliotrope draws like mad, but it is too low to sniff.

Even the host plants fail as fragrant.

Probably do better growing a moon garden for the hawk moths.


Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 6, 2015 8:08 AM CST
Hi & welcome! If you're in Z8 in FL, you may be nearby, in the panhandle area? I'm 80 miles north of Destin.

Asclepias incarnata has a wonderful scent.

Using the advanced search features here (selecting fragrant and attracts butterflies,) it pulled up over 1,600 results. I tried to paste the URL to that completed search but it's not showing up correctly in preview. Should be easy to repeat at your end (fragrant is under the heading of "flowers" and attracts butterflies is farther down, under "wildlife attractant":
http://garden.org/plants/search/advanced.php

Some plants that attract bees & butterflies like crazy don't get much credit for it, like basil & Coleus. You can't go wrong with Zinnias.

(I think Lantana smells great!)
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daylilydreams
Nov 6, 2015 8:14 AM CST
Buddleia butterfly bush has a scent that reminds me of my mother cooking jam. When I had them the butterflies were very attracted to them alas they are not hardy here.
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Name: Karen Jones
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kaykay
Nov 6, 2015 8:23 AM CST
For both. I love butterflies and fragrant flowers. I want to have step stones and a bench to sit and watch the butterflies. I will definitely check it out.

Thank you


Weedwhacker said:Karen -- fragrant for the butterflies or for you? Big Grin
Thank You!
I do have plans for establishing a b'fly garden next year, but I've been trying to get to that plan for 2 years now so only time will tell. You might want to check out this forum: http://garden.org/forums/view/butterflies/ ?


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purpleinopp
Nov 6, 2015 9:08 AM CST
From past experience of having to dig out a wayward patch of some kind of Buddleia sold as 'Blue Chips,' (but didn't really look like other pics of plants by that name, so I never believed that's what it was,) I'd say to avoid the BB's that aren't sterile cultivars. (It had droopy, washed-out looking blooms.) If they're seedy, they're weedy, IME.

The well-behaved one I've kept moving around with me for the past 25 or so years is a wonderful plant that butterflies do love, no seeds.
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tarev
Nov 6, 2015 11:25 AM CST
My area is more dry and hot during late Spring to Summer, and Butterflies that make it to my garden seem to have a color preference rather than scent preference: It is fun to watch them as they make their specific choices Big Grin
Eastern Swallowtail and Monarch Butterflies love my Asclepias currasavica:
With or without blooms this Monarch kept coming back to Asclepias currasavica
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/b46b0c

Eastern swallowtail seems to like to see yellow& red and bluish/purplish and white blooms:
On our yarrow
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/398e40

On our dwarf agapanthus
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/965d87

On our calamondin tree
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/2c9adb

On our Asclepias currasavica
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/a0c57c Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/42b3ac


Skipper butteflies loves our yellow lantana
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/9ab7a0


This painted lady butterfly just loves anything pink:
On the Lewisia
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/b77907

On Crassula springtime
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/6e35a4

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 6, 2015 3:16 PM CST
If you do plant Milkweed (any of the Asclepias mentioned above) remember that it is not only a nectar plant for butterflies, it is also a host plant for the monarch larvae, so all the leaves will get eaten up at some point. Since it's not awfully attractive after this happens, it's a good idea to interplant it with something else, like Gaillardias (which are also nectar plants). The clumps of Gaillardia will hide the bare stems of the Milkweed until they manage to leaf out again.

Buddleia is a great butterfly plant and smells good to humans, too. There are several different colors available that don't set seeds.
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gingin
Nov 6, 2015 4:24 PM CST
@purpleinopp Tiffany...if you have a chance to visit me again, kaykay is around the corner from me. You pass her before me....come visit, we'll have a plant party. kaykay when you are here for coffee tomorrow remind me and I will give you seeds from my butterfly weed (NOT bush) The bflys love it. We will have to collabarate on bfly gardens...plants divided by 2....twice the fun...half the cost Thumbs up Thumbs up
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purpleinopp
Nov 6, 2015 4:44 PM CST
Good point about host plants being eaten, Elaine! If one doesn't like the "chewed" look, doing nectar plants that aren't also hosts is a good idea (though something else like slugs or armyworms are always a possibility for those too.)

Aww, what a sweet offer, Gin, TYVM! After moving last year, I've done little in the way of perennials here yet, having had to dig & smother grass to get started at all. Then I promptly filled those areas with tropicals that I'm soon going to be trying to squeeze inside for winter. Between my Mom's yard (where I stuck most of the plants I'd dug up to keep from the other yard before we moved,) and potted tropicals, I might have enough stuff that other people would want, and possibly don't already have, by spring. Without me on-scene to water stuff when it didn't rain the past couple summers, it's taken the stuff I moved to Mom's a LONG time to recover.

You've been on my mind lately. Remember giving me a Plumeria cutting? It didn't seem happy in its' pot last summer so I put it in the ground this spring too. Now it's a small tree, almost 5 ft. tall with several big branches and buds on it! DH is going to build me a little shelter for it for cold nights, it's too big to come inside! So excited!
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I've also continued its' "was-gifted" tradition and sent a cutting to someone else in FL where it can live in the ground fulltime without worry. That's a piece of plant with a story to tell!
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gingin
Nov 6, 2015 5:09 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! COOL Tiffany....I remember you wanting it but unsure...I'm so happy it did well for you...it looks very happy in the pic you posted. Enjoy the blooms. What method did you use to get it going?? Sent kaykay home with two (?) cuttings and I gave her 3 options what to do. I know she is all I'm all ears! I'm all ears! to know Group hug
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kaykay
Nov 6, 2015 7:39 PM CST
Yes, I am 30 miles North of Panama City. Smiling

purpleinopp said:Hi & welcome! If you're in Z8 in FL, you may be nearby, in the panhandle area? I'm 80 miles north of Destin.

Asclepias incarnata has a wonderful scent.

Using the advanced search features here (selecting fragrant and attracts butterflies,) it pulled up over 1,600 results. I tried to paste the URL to that completed search but it's not showing up correctly in preview. Should be easy to repeat at your end (fragrant is under the heading of "flowers" and attracts butterflies is farther down, under "wildlife attractant":
http://garden.org/plants/search/advanced.php

Some plants that attract bees & butterflies like crazy don't get much credit for it, like basil & Coleus. You can't go wrong with Zinnias.

(I think Lantana smells great!)


KayKay
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greene
Nov 6, 2015 8:44 PM CST
I checked out the link for Florida Native Plant Society's recommended plants for Bay County, Florida. It's a really long list; lots of possibilities: Thumbs up
http://www.fnps.org/plants/specieslist/Bay
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 7, 2015 6:34 AM CST
Excellent to hear you are so close, K!

Gin, I put the cutting I got from you in a pot when I got home. It kept its' leaves and took root, right next to an east window.
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Name: Karen Jones
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kaykay
Nov 7, 2015 6:46 AM CST
Oh how beautiful! That is definitely on my must have list. Thank you!


Lovey dubby Thumbs up


purpleinopp said:From past experience of having to dig out a wayward patch of some kind of Buddleia sold as 'Blue Chips,' (but didn't really look like other pics of plants by that name, so I never believed that's what it was,) I'd say to avoid the BB's that aren't sterile cultivars. (It had droopy, washed-out looking blooms.) If they're seedy, they're weedy, IME.

The well-behaved one I've kept moving around with me for the past 25 or so years is a wonderful plant that butterflies do love, no seeds.


KayKay
Name: Karen Jones
florida (Zone 8b)
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kaykay
Nov 7, 2015 6:50 AM CST
Thank you so much. Those are absolutely beautiful. I know have an Idea of how and what I would loke to plant. Hurray! Thank You! Thumbs up





tarev said:My area is more dry and hot during late Spring to Summer, and Butterflies that make it to my garden seem to have a color preference rather than scent preference: It is fun to watch them as they make their specific choices Big Grin
Eastern Swallowtail and Monarch Butterflies love my Asclepias currasavica:
With or without blooms this Monarch kept coming back to Asclepias currasavica
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/b46b0c

Eastern swallowtail seems to like to see yellow& red and bluish/purplish and white blooms:
On our yarrow
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/398e40

On our dwarf agapanthus
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/965d87

On our calamondin tree
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/2c9adb

On our Asclepias currasavica
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/a0c57c Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/42b3ac


Skipper butteflies loves our yellow lantana
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/9ab7a0


This painted lady butterfly just loves anything pink:
On the Lewisia
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/b77907

On Crassula springtime
Thumb of 2015-11-06/tarev/6e35a4



KayKay
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Nov 7, 2015 1:17 PM CST
Great Tiffany...I usually do it that way too Thumbs up
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Name: Karen Jones
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kaykay
Nov 7, 2015 1:26 PM CST
Thank you purpleinopp. Lovey dubby
I love it here even more now that I have a wonderful new friend close by.

KayKay

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