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

According to Mary Gardener. Thoughts?
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Jul 5, 2015 8:07 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Living In Truth - Fearless
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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

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Jul 7, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
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.
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Jul 7, 2015 9:44 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Living In Truth - Fearless
Heirlooms Organic Gardener Hummingbirder Bee Lover Herbs Seed Starter
Winter Sowing Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Birds Cat Lover
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

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