There are a lot of reasons why we want to secure a place in our ecosystem for Butterflies. They are best known for pollinating plants, fruit trees, and flowers, but they are also amazing to watch as they flutter around the yard. They are are attracted to different colors, scents and textures; so there is a large range of plants to pick from at your local nursery. My favorite plants, generally native to the area i live in, are less work to keep alive and healthy. Cone flowers, black eyed-susans, fennel, sunflowers, astors, butterfly bush, butterfly weed, hollyhocks, clover, and thyme are some of my favorites. They attract butterflies, they provide “color, shape and texture”, some are aromatic and some are eatable. They are a great addition to any neighborhood and provide a docking station for winged workers as they pass through.
This past weekend CHWC provided 125 “Butterfly attracting plants” to over 50 households in the Cathedral Neighborhood. That means over 50 start up Butterfly gardens in one day. The plants will grow fast and be attacking butterflies during the hot days of summer. Hopefully other plants will be added or new gardens started during the next month or so and we will start seeing more butterflies in all of our yards. Thanks to everyone that picked up plants on Saturday and for being part of the “Butterfly Revolution”.
More on Butterflies http://www.thebutterflysite.com