But­ter­fly favourites

Amateur Gardening - - Toby Buckland -

But­ter­flies are at­tracted to plants that are rich in nec­tar, favour­ing blooms with long tubu­lar petals like bud­dleia and lan­tana, which are harder for shorter-tongued bees to ac­cess and so pro­vide ex­clu­sive eat­ing. They also like flow­ers with clus­ters of blooms such as sea holly and ver­bena, so they can walk and sup at the same time.

Shel­ter and sun are key, as is reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing – hy­drated plants pro­duce more of the nec­tar that but­ter­flies need. As they’re not the most ac­cu­rate of fliers, they also favour flow­ers that pro­vide wide land­ing pads such as se­dums and achil­lea.

Clus­ters of Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis ‘Lol­lipop’

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