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My garden is full of butterflies and I would share my secret with you…

#1.   Do not use pesticides.

#2.   Incorporate butterfly plants with your present landscaping.

#3.   You need to plant host plants (plants where the butterfly lays her eggs on) such as:

Host Plant  
Scientific Name
Monarch Milkweed Asclepias curassavica
Atala Coontie   Zamia integrifolia
Black Swallowtail Parsley, Dill, Fennell  
Julia    Passionvine Passiflora suberosa
Orange-barred Sulphur  Cassia, Senna  Senna polyphylla

#4.    Plant nectar plants such as:

Common Name Scientific Name
Butterfly Bush Buddleja spp.
Golden Dewdrop Duranta repens
Firebush Hamelia patens
Jatropha Jatrppha spp.
Blue Porterweed Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Tropical Sage Salvia cocconea
Wild Coffee Pchotiria nervosa

#5.     IF I HAD TO PICK 4 PLANTS – I would select firebush, milkweed, RED pentas and passionvine.

#6.    DO NOT manicure your garden!

#7.    Florida’s state butterfly is the Zebra Longwing.

#8.    Contact me for free milkweed plants.

#9.    Butterfly corridor- Since the Village sits in between 2 wildlife sanctuary parks-    

         Please plant butterfly attractive plants.

For more information:

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Dade Chapter of native Plant Society

Miami Blue Chapter of NABA

Florida Museum of Natural History