The Best Plants to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

These varieties are easy to maintain

As you plan your garden this spring, imagine lounging in the yard amid the delicate flutter of colorful butterflies -- and then make it happen! Many plants that attract butterflies are easy to maintain, so try some of these varieties.

Butterfly Bush

Plants That Attract Butterflies Butteryfly Bush

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Also called Buddleia davidii, this perennial is pretty and easy to grow, according to Livin' in the Green blog, with flowers blooming in late spring clear into the fall. "I do randomly dead head the flowers in order to keep them producing," says blogger Nancy. "This plant is the one to beat for bringing those winged lovelies in to your space."

Mallow

Plants That Attract Butterflies Mallow

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These flowering plants in the hibiscus family are lovely -- with many delicate and colorful blooms -- but they're also hardy, according to the Obsession With Butterlies Flutter-Blog. The North American butterfly species that flock to the plant include Red Admiral, West Coast Lady, Painted Lady, Grey Hairstreak, Norther White Skipper, and Common Checkered Skipper.

Parsley

Plants That Attract Butterflies Parsley

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This herb is easy to grow and handy to have on hand for cooking. And it also hosts butterflies like the Eastern Black Swallowtail and the Anise Swallowtail, according to the Gardening With Confidence blog.

Sweet Rocket

Plants That Attract Butterflies Sweet Rocket

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This plant attracts Orange Tip and Green-Veined White varieties. It comes in purple or white versions, lasts two to three years, and is easy to grow, according to the Butterflies and Gardens blog.

Purple Coneflower

Plants That Attract Butterflies Purple Coneflower

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This plant, also known as Echinacea, draws tons of neat insects as well as butterflies. "Also, if you leave the seed heads on, they will attract goldfinches to your garden as well," says Livin' in the Green's blogger Nancy. "They love to eat the seeds of this plant and it's a great economical way to feed the little guys."

Aster

Plants That Attract Butterflies Aster

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This huge family of plants has species that do well in a wide variety of environments. "The asters provide abundant pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies and are a wonderful choice for any wildlife garden," according to Ecosystem Gardening.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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