Best butterfly plants

Hi all,

in people's experiences, what are the best plants for attracting butterflies apart from budeia.





  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Sedums  are very good Justin, and easy to grow. image

  • lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

    I bought some eupatorium last year and they were covered in butterflies and bees all the time they were in flower, but they are quite tall, but also architectural.

  • LiznessLizness Posts: 79

    I second Euphatorium, very attractive to butterflies! Also Aster 'Little Carlow'. 

  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 379


  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,295

    Verbena B, Scabious and Innulas

  • Lots of butterflies on my Echinacea flowers last year

  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 2,712
    If you go to the garden centre and ask for Sedum Spectabile plants, butterflies and bees love them, i bought some today : )
  • I've planted sedum, liatris, lupins and butterfly weed now as well as the buddleia image

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,295

    Not ever heard of butterfly weed before, looks like an interesting plant

  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 2,712
  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 2,712
    Munsted red sedun are lovely, they grow to two ft and spread too : )
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Don't forget the caterpillar plants too.  So leave a patch of nettles.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,110
    Justin Doherty2 wrote (see)

    I've planted sedum, liatris, lupins and butterfly weed now as well as the buddleia image

    What is butterfly weed please.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Asclepias tuberosa.

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    English Lavender (Vera)



  • LavandeLavande Posts: 153

    The bees are fairly buzzing around my choisya sundance which is in full bloom at the momentimage

  • LavandeLavande Posts: 153

    Sorry just read you were asking specifically about plants for butterflies not bees - choisya may still attract them because there are a lot in the garden at the moment and the blossom has so far been from a prunus, a malus, several choisya and my apple tree - apart from the usual spring bulbs.  I'm not sure which plants are bringing them in but there are lots fluttering around - I love the little white ones that flit around like fairies, of which there are lots, but there are also reddish brown ones and red and brown ones - you can see I mug up on the real species names before coming on.

  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 949

    Asclepias tuberosa - as we were saying on another thread always learning! I have never heard of this plant before and it seems to have a lot going for it - easy to grow, long flowering season, hardy, great for butterflies....anyone with experience of growing it, easy from seed or better to buy as a plant? Availability, any good supplier - I definitely want some of these   image

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