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Do Porterweeds attract butterflies?

Last Updated: 31st March, 2020

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Blue porterweed is a low growing perennial which blooms year round. While both plants will attract butterflies, the non-native blue porterweed can spread more rapidly and there is the chance that it will become aggressive. To differentiate between the native and non-native blue porterweed, look at the plant shape.

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Consequently, do butterflies like Porterweed?

An evergreen perennial that blooms nearly year-round in many places, its blue flowers attract bees and butterflies. A host plant for the tropical buckeye, blue porterweed also attracts large orange sulphurs, clouded skippers, gulf fritillaries, red admirals, and julias.

what kind of flowers attract monarch butterflies? Flowers That Attract Monarch Butterflies:

  • Zinnia Flowers. These beautiful flowers, when in bloom, deposit bursts of color throughout the garden while attracting monarch butterflies.
  • Miss Molly Bush.
  • Ava Flower.
  • The Mexican Sunflower.
  • May Night Salvia.
  • Milkweed.
  • Cosmos Sulphureus.
  • Brazilian Verbena.

One may also ask, what color butterfly bush attracts the most butterflies?

Most people know about lavender being purple as there is even a color called “lavender,” however, the plant also has a “rose” variety that is pink. So you can pink up your garden or purple it out, and still attract many butterflies to it.

What are the best plants for a butterfly garden?

Plants That Attract Butterflies

  • For caterpillars, consider plants like violets, milkweed, and asters. Learn more about milkweed, the only host plant for monarchs.
  • For butterflies, Joe-Pye weed, ironweed, yellow coneflowers, goldenrod, and brightly-hued asters are nectar-filled favorites.
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Related Question Answers

Rossio Rukhlov

Professional

How big is Porterweed?

blue porterweed
Mounding plant to 12 feet tall and wide, with dull green, coarsely toothed, pointed-oval leaves to 3 inches long. Slender flower spikes resembling a rat's tail rise at least a foot above the foliage.

Niobe Faustuno

Professional

Is Porterweed edible?

Locally we have two versions, a native which grows low, and a tall cultivated one. The flowers on both are edible, and the odd part is they taste like raw mushrooms. As with many delicate flavors the nose is quite involved and it takes a few moments for the flavor to come through.

Tohami Lobos

Professional

How do you prune Porterweed?

Add top soil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. You can also add in composted cow manure, as well. You may want to trim the shrub occasionally to keep it shaped. Cut it back hard in spring (late March or early April) to encourage new growth to keep it full and bushy.

Shera Turcios

Explainer

Is Porterweed invasive?

jamaicensis as both have the distinctive purplish-blue flowers. S. cayennensis, however, is a Category II FLEPPC listed invasive species and should not be planted. Blue porterweed is often available at nurseries that specialize in native plants.

Maelle Bruño

Explainer

How do you care for a Porterweed plant?

Blue porterweed plants grow best in full sun to partial shade. When they are first planted, they need moist soil but, once established, they can handle drought quite well. They can tolerate salty conditions too. If you're planting them as groundcover, space the plants out by 2.5 to 3 feet (.

Zackary Bachelet

Explainer

Why are butterfly bushes bad?

Butterfly Bush Control
Invasive plants are problematic because they can alter ecosystems and damage existing flora and fauna. Although not invasive everywhere, the species is meddlesome enough to have given the plant a bad name.

Cherki Saigin

Pundit

Do butterflies like bananas?

Many butterflies do not live on flower nectar alone. Some species prefer, even require, overripe fruit to feed on. Butterflies are particularly fond of sliced, rotting oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, apples and bananas.

Ameur Dobarganes

Pundit

Do butterfly bushes need a lot of sun?

Like many perennials, butterfly bushes are versatile when it comes to sun preference and can grow in partial shade to full sun. But the more shade the plant receives, the fewer of its trademark flowers it produces. For best flower production, the planting site for your butterfly bush should receive full sun.

Haiping Guede

Pundit

Do bees like lavender?

Lavender and bees are, simply put, very good friends! But, simply put, bees love lavender in bloom, as they love anything in bloom where they can get nectar or pollen.

Jeisson Konke

Pundit

Is butterfly bush toxic to dogs?

While you won't want to feed the long, tapered flower clusters to your kids or your dog, the plant is not known to be toxic to people or animals. But butterfly weed (Asclepias spp.) is toxic to both. The vivid flowers of butterfly bush are magnets for butterflies.

Yurema Daciana

Pundit

Do butterflies like begonias?

ANNUALS: Butterflies are attracted to annuals, too. For best results, plant a grouping of a single variety or color. Plant in full sun to part shade and keep container moderately moist. Begonia (Boliviensis 'Bonfire'): Reddish-orange flowers appear on scarlet stems—blooming from May to October.

Svajunas Minero

Teacher

What colors attract butterflies?

Butterflies have shown an amazing range of color preference between the various species, but as a general rule, flowers that are white, pink, purple, red, yellow and orange attract the most butterflies. Blue to green flowers are universally the least favorite flower color.

Virginie Cedano

Teacher

Do zinnias attract hummingbirds?

Zinnia are among the easiest of all annual flowers to grow, with bright bloom colors that make them a favorite of hummingbirds and other pollinators. After the hummingbirds have had their fill of the nectar, seeds will develop as the flowers mature, attracting finches and other seed-loving birds.

Nahum Surdo

Teacher

Do butterflies like yarrow?

Yarrow (Achillea) is a must-have perennial for every butterfly garden. Grow yarrow in moist, well-drained soil and full sun. Tip: Cut off spent blooms to more flowers. The longer your plants bloom, the longer the butterflies will stay!

Meriem Ollhoff

Teacher

What is a hummingbird's favorite flower?

Brightly-colored flowers that are tubular hold the most nectar, and are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. These include perennials such as bee balms, columbines, daylilies, and lupines; biennials such as foxgloves and hollyhocks; and many annuals, including cleomes, impatiens, and petunias.

Paqui Quinteiro

Reviewer

What should you feed butterflies?

To feed butterflies, make your own nectar by mixing 1 part sugar with 4 parts warm water. Then, put the nectar outside in a bottle cap or butterfly feeder so butterflies can eat it. Alternatively, you can place some rotting fruit outside, like strawberries, apples, or bananas.

Ricky Dola

Reviewer

Do monarch butterflies need water?

ONLY Eat Milkweed Plants. Monarch butterflies are known for their completely liquid diets, whether they are sampling nectar from all sorts of different flowers, or they are using their long 'straw' to drink up water out of shallow ponds, monarch butterflies are usually always looking for things that are liquid to eat.

Danilo Jasbers

Reviewer

Do butterflies drink from hummingbird feeders?

They're primarily bug-eaters but the nectar they drink from plants or our feeders provides the fuel they need to pursue the bugs.

Hongyan Santamarina

Reviewer