Some Great Plants for Attracting Butterflies in Central North Carolina

by Will Cook

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A true butterfly garden needs to have nectar sources for adults, host plants for larvae to feed on, and shelter, which can be provided by any number of plants. Don't bother with "butterfly houses" -- they are strictly for ornament and don't do anything for butterflies. If your neighbors don't object, butterflies also love mud, fresh manure, and rotting fruit. Chapel Hill yard butterfly list where I tested out these plants (Note: I'm no longer living there).

Notes: B = Also great for birds, N = Native to North Carolina

Flowers for attracting nectaring adults:

Host plants for butterfly larvae:

Where can I find these plants?

- Can't miss!

- Recommended

- Worth a look

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