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Winter Garden Preparation

Want to have butterflies visit your garden? Plant the plants that the butterflies lay their eggs on. These are the same plants that the caterpillars feed on. If the butterflies can complete their whole metamorphosis in your garden, you will have more of the little beauties in your yard. Here is some information to get you started. Components of a Butterfly Garden.



Native Butterfly Garden - Native plants help all of ecology. If you want to use native plants for your butterfly garden, a useful website for Michigan is:


Some of My Favorite Plants

Pearly Everlasting - Anaphalis margaritacea

Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias incarnata

Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa

Poke Milkweed - Asclepias exaltata

False Nettle - Boehmeria cylindrica

Blue Mistflower - Conoclinium coelestinum

Purple Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea

Spotted Joe-pye Weed - Eupatorium maculatum

Prairie phlox - Phlox pilosa

Orange Coneflower - Rudbeckia fulgida

Missouri Ironweed - Vernonia missurica

New England Aster - Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Skyblue Aster - Symphyotrichum oolentangiense

Smooth Aster - Symphyotrichum laeve 


Two Great Plant Books are: 



 Bringing Nature Home - How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens

 by Douglas W. Tallamy



 Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants

 by Brooklyn Botanic Garden