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What to plant to attract butterflies

If you want to have monarchs in your garden, plant nectar-rich flowers. Make sure your choices bloom in fall to give the monarchs the energy they need to make the long journey south.


  • Milkweed (Asceplias) all kinds.
  • Common yarrow (Achillea)
  • New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
  • Ox-eye daisies
  • Blanket flower (Gaillardia
  • Foxglove (Digitalis) – biennial
  • Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium)
  • Turtlehead (Chelone)
  • Meadow blazing-star (Liatris ligulistylis)
  • Bergamot (Monarda)
  • Goldenrod (Solidago)
  • Agastache
  • Rudbeckia
  • Sedum (flowering varieties)
  • Annuals or non-hardy perennials
  • Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
  • Garden cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
  • Garden heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Golden marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia)
  • Zinnias ‘State Fair’

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