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Garden Plan to Attract Butterflies

This guide features regional native plants for the Great Lakes that are highly a ttractive to pollinators and are well-suited to small-scale plantings in gardens, on business and school campuses, in urban greenspaces and farm field borders. These plants are particularly attractive to butterflies.

Here's a collection of native plants that butterflies will find irresistible! This group of hardy perennials will bring in the butterflies with a succession of blooms that ensure a nectar source throughout the season. You'll be amazed at how many butterflies will visit the plants in this garden.

Bloom Period Common Name Scientific Name Color Height
EARLY Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Yellow, Red 3 feet
Downy Phlox Phlox pilosa Pink 2 feet
MID Smooth Phlox Phlox glaberrima Pink, Purple 4 feet
Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida Purple 5 feet
Sullivants' Milkweed Asclepias sullivantii Pink 5 feet
MID-LATE Bergamot Monarda fistulosa Lavender, Blue 5 feet
Butterflyweed Asclepias tuberosa Orange 3 feet
Smooth Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata Red, Purple 6 feet
Orange Coneflower Phlox pilosa Yellow 4 feet
Purple Prairie Clover Dalea purpurea Purple 2 feet
Stiff Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata Yellow 3 feet
LATE Crooked-Stem Aster Aster prenanthoides Blue, Lavender 3 feet
Dense Blazing Star Liatris spicata Pink, Purple 6 feet
Meadow Blazingstar Liatris ligulistylis Pink, Purple 5 feet
New England Aster Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Purple, Pink, Blue 6 feet
Ohio Goldenrod Solidago ohioensis Yellow 4 feet
Prairie Dropseed Sporobolus heterolepis Straw, Gold 4 feet
Sweet Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum Pink 6 feet
Tall Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium fistulosum Pink, Purple 8 feet