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Friday - February 05, 2016

From: Round Rock, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Butterfly Gardens
Title: Making a perennial cutting garden friendly to butterflies.
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I would like to start a perennial cutting garden friendly to butterflies Where can I get a list of plants .

ANSWER:

Please visit our Special Collections page where you will find two links to lists of plants that are especially attractive to butterflies:

On both lists you can use the NARROW YOUR SEARCH option in the sidebar to pick plants with your criteria.  Pick "Texas" from the SELECT STATE OR PROVINCE slot and "Perennial" from the LIFESPAN slot.  You can also narrow the results by using other criteria such as GENERAL APPEARANCE, LIGHT REQUIREMENT, BLOOM TIME, etc.

I chose several perennial shrubs that are native to Texas and will bloom in April:

and several herbaceous perennials native to Texas that bloom in September:

There are many more for you to choose from on the three lists.

 

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