We all recognize the iconic Monarch butterfly with its majestic orange and black wings. Butterflies are more than just beautiful; they are beneficial to the environment and your garden. Pollinators pollinate plants that produce about one-third of the food that we eat. They flutter from plant to plant drinking nectar, and as they move, they take pollen with them. The pollen is deposited on other plants, helping with the continuation and growth of many plant species. The presence of butterflies also signals a healthy environment. Because they are very sensitive to pesticides, if you keep an organic garden, chances are that butterflies and other beneficial insects like ladybugs and bees, which eat plant-damaging insects like aphids, will be present as well. That’s good for the overall life and health of your garden!
Unfortunately, the butterfly we all know and love is losing its habitat, specifically milkweed, to modern farming methods and population development. The Monarchs are the only North American butterflies that make a 3,000-mile migration to Mexico and California for the winter, taking 6–8 generations to complete the journey. The fragmentation of milkweed in their migratory path is significant because milkweed is the only host plant where Monarchs lay their eggs, and the sole food source for their larvae. With fewer host plants, their population is suffering as a result—90 percent decline over the last 20 years. Their population decline is so significant that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing to determine if the butterfly should be classified as “threatened” under the Federal Endangered Species Act.
As home gardeners, we can help to replenish the butterfly habitat by sowing nectar and host butterfly-friendly varieties in our home, school, and community gardens. Join Botanical Interests in supporting the National Wildlife Federation’s efforts to be a Butterfly Hero. Sow any of our butterfly-friendly varieties and wait for the butterflies to arrive!
Butterfly Flower Common Milkweed
Sweetly scented pink flowers provide nectar and habitat for monarch butterflies, their caterpillars, and other pollinating insects. Drought tolerant once established, this variety thrives in most regions of the United States and is native to the East and Midwestern U.S.
Butterfly Flower Milkweed Irresistible Blend
Soft vanilla scent tempts butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects to feast on nectar. This Eastern United States native can be grown across the country in moist to wet soils.
Butterfly Flower Milkweed Organic and Conventional
Vivid red-orange flowers. Essential for butterfly and wildflower gardens. Native to much of the Eastern United States, this variety can be grown successfully across the entire country.
Butterfly Flower Showy Milkweed
Clusters of stunning pink to white, star-like flowers grace this shrub-like perennial. Native throughout much of the Western United States, this variety can thrive throughout the United States in well drained soils, and is drought tolerant once established.
Bring Home the Butterflies
Imagine the joy of seeing more butterflies in your garden! This long-blooming, colorful mix supports their lifecycle.
Butterfly Banquet Seed Collection
Attract butterflies to your garden with these varieties that provide food for our fluttery friends!
Imagine the enchanting garden you could have with this colorful mix that attracts butterflies, hummingbirds & fairies!
Dill is an important host plant for caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies. It’s also a must for pickling.
Also known as anise hyssop and licorice mint, this native, Midwestern U.S. perennial is loved by bees and butterflies. It is also as useful in the kitchen as it is beautiful.