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About Butterflies:                                Organizations and websites:
• There are about 28,000 butterfly species
                                                                                               South Park
   throughout the world.                          Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks
• Butterflies are typically named for distin-            www.kdwp.state.ks.us
   guishing characteristics such as color or
   unique body parts.
• Monarch butterflies migrate more than
                                                  Kansas Native Plant Society
                                                         www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org   Butterfly Garden
                                                         www.ksnps.org
   2,000 miles each year.
• The average butterfly lives only 2-4            Missouri Department of Conservation
   weeks.                                                www.mdc.gov

                                                  Grow Native!
                                                        www.grownative.org

                                                  North American Butterfly Association
                                                         www.naba.org

                                                  Xerces Society
About Plants:                                            www.xerces.org/home.htm
•  Bee balm leaves, which have a minty
   fragrance, can be added to tea.
• The word Echinacea comes from the
   Greek word Echinos, which means
   hedgehog.
• Blanket flower was named for the way it
   used to blanket the prairies.
• Asclepias was named for the Greek god
   of medicine. Roots can be boiled to treat
   respiratory illnesses.
• The name Thyme comes from the French
   word for little dragon, and the foliage has   Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department
                                                 PO Box 708
   a lemon scent when crushed.
                                                 Lawrence KS 66044
• Lobelia can only be pollinated by hum-
   mingbirds because of the shape of the         Phone: 785-832-3450
   flower.                                       E-mail: parksrec@ci.lawrence.ks.us
                                                 Web: www.lprd.org
           Basic Butterfly                                                                                                Larval Food Source
                                                                 Nectar Plants
           Gardening                                                                                                      and Other Plants
•   Educate yourself about butterflies in your      Nectar Plants included in the garden                    Larval Food Source Plants
    region. Which butterfly species live there?     Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly milkweed                  included in the garden
    What are their preferred host plants? Learn               Cultivars: species, ‘Hello Yellow’            Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly milkweed
    a little about their biology.                   Aster sp., Aster                                                 Cultivars: species, ‘Hello Yellow’
•   Pick a site that is appropriate. Butterflies              Cultivar: ‘Professor Kippenberg’                       species native
    are cold-blooded, so they rely on the sun to    Aster novae-angliae, New England Aster                  Eupatorium rugosum, White Snakeroot
    heat their bodies. A site that is in full sun             Cultivar: ‘Purple Dome’                                Cultivar: ‘Chocolate’
    but is somewhat protected from the wind is      Buddleja davidii, Butterfly bush                        Ruta graveolens, Rue
                                                              Cultivars: ‘Attraction,’ var. nanhoensis               Cultivar: ‘Blue Mound’
    best.
                                                                         ‘Nanho Blue,’ ‘Nanho Purple’       Stokesia laevis, Stoke’s aster
•   Provide a shallow water source.                 Echinacea purpurea, Coneflower                                   Cultivar: ‘Purple parasols’
•   Select plants that will attract butterflies               Cultivars: ‘Rubinstern’ (Ruby Star), ‘White   Tanacetum parthenum, Feverfew
    common to your region. Preferably, pro-                               Swan’                                      Cultivar: ‘Aureum’
    vide plants for both nectar and larval food.    Echinacea Big Sky Series TM, Coneflower                 Thymus serpyllum, Creeping thyme
•   When planning a larval food source, plant                 Cultivar: ‘Sunrise’PP16235                             Cultivar: ‘Magic Carpet’
    extra. Butterfly larvae can quickly devour a    Eupatorium rugosum, White snakeroot
    small group of plants.                                    Cultivar: ‘Chocolate’                         Other nearby larval food sources:
•   Plan out the bloom sequence so that plants      Gaillardia sp., Blanket flower                          Crabapple, Ash, Hackberry
    are blooming the entire summer.                           Cultivars: ‘Baby Cole,’ ‘Goblin’
                                                    Liatris spicata, Gayfeather or Blazing star
•   Plant your garden!
                                                              Cultivar: ‘Kobold’
                                                    Lobelia speciosa, Cardinal flower
                                                              Cultivars: ‘Fan Blue,’ ‘Fan Deep Rose’        Other plants included
                                                    Monarda didyma, Beebalm
                                                              Cultivar: ‘Petite Delight’                    in the garden
                                                    Salvia x nemorosa, Perennial Salvia                     Dianthus gratianopolitanus, Cheddar pinks
                                                              Cultivar: ‘Mainacht’ (May Night)                      Cultivars: ‘Bath’s Pink,’ ‘Tiny Rubies’
                                                    Scabiosa columbaria, Pincushion flower                  Heuchera spp, Coral bells
                                                              Cultivars: ‘Butterfly Blue,’ ‘Pink Mist’              Cultivars: ‘Chocolate Ruffles,’
                                                    Sedum spp., Stonecrop, Live-forever                                         ‘Green Spice’
                                                              Cultivars: ‘Carl,’ x erythrostictum ‘Frosty   Hibiscus moscheutos, Rose mallow
                                                                          Morn,’ spectabile ‘Autumn Fire’           Cultivars: ‘Raspberry Parfait’
                                                                                                            Hosta spp., Plantain lily
                                                                                                                    Cultivars: ‘Francee’
                                                                                                            Mentha piperita, Chocolate mint and Orange mint
                                                    Other nearby nectar sources:                                    Cultivars: ‘Chocolate,’ ‘Citrata’
                                                    Redbud, Crabapple                                       Mentha suaveolens, Apple mint and Pineapple mint
                                                                                                                    Cultivars: species, ‘Variegata’
                                                                                                            Origanum laevigatum, Ornamental oregano
                                                        Native or cultivated variety of Kansas native               Cultivar: ‘Herrenhausen’
                                                        Seedheads provide winter food for birds

				
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