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Seeds for Butterfly Gardening
Including Host Plants and Nectar Plants

Female butterflies seek host plants on which to lay their eggs and to provide food for their caterpillars. All butterflies and hummingbirds require nectar plants for adult nutrition. A complete butterfly garden will include both types of plants.

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Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring or sow outside after threat of frost has passed. Cover with 1/8" fine soil. Keep seeds moist until germination from 15-30 days.

Fast-growing perennial, will reach 24" to 36". Grow in pots or set plants 12" apart. Thrives in full sun. Blooms from summer to autumn. USDA Zones 3-9.

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Orange Mexican Sunflower
Tithonia speciosa 'Goldfinger'

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Do not cover the seed but tightly press into soil. Keep seeds slightly moist until germination. Space 12" to 18" apart. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

Annual in USDA Zones 4-9. Perennial in USDA Zones 10-11. Plant will reach 40" and blooms from early summer to early fall.

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Red Mexican Sunflower
Tithonia speciosa 'Red Torch'

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Do not cover the seed but tightly press into soil. Keep seeds slightly moist until germination. Space 12" to 18" apart. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

Annual in USDA Zones 4-9. Perennial in USDA Zones 10-11. Plant will reach 40" and blooms from early summer to early fall.

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Yellow Mexican Sunflower
Tithonia speciosa 'Yellow Torch'

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Do not cover the seed but tightly press into soil. Keep seeds slightly moist until germination. Space 12" to 18" apart. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

Annual in USDA Zones 4-9. Perennial in USDA Zones 10-11. Plant will reach 40" and blooms from early summer to early fall.

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Anise Hyssop
Agastache foeniculum

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

Do not cover seeds, but lightly press into soil. Keep seeds slightly moist until germination. Space 18" apart. Plant in full sun to partial shade.

Perennial in USDA Zones 4-9. Plant will reach 36" and blooms from early summer to early fall.

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Anise Hyssop Blue Spike
Agastache foeniculum 'Blue Spike'

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

Do not cover seeds, but lightly press into the soil. Keep seeds slightly moist until germination. Space 18" apart. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

Perennial in USDA Zones 4-9. Plant will reach 24" and blooms from early summer to early fall.

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Blue Aster
Aster alpinus 'Blue'

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Host plant for Pearl Crescent butterfly caterpillars. Deer resistant.

Cover the seed with 1/16-inch of soil. Keep seeds slightly moist until germination. Space 12" apart. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

Perennial in USDA Zones 4-8. Plant will reach 10" - 12" and blooms from early summer to early fall.

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Blue Lace Flower
Didiscus caeruleus

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Host plant for Eastern Black Swallowtail and Anise Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.

Cover the seed with no more than 1/16-inch of soil. Keep seeds slightly moist until germination. Space 8" apart. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

Annual in USDA Zones 5-10. Plant will reach 28" and blooms throughout the summer.

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Aster Milady Rose
Callistephus spp. "Milady Rose"

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds.

Cover the seed with a thin layer of topsoil. Keep seeds slightly moist until germination. Space 12" apart. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

Annual in USDA Zones 3-9. Plant will reach 10" and blooms from early summer to autumn. Perfect for container gardens, too.

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Butterfly Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa

Host plant for Monarch and Queen butterfly caterpillars. Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Plant seeds in the autumn after the first frost. Gently press seeds down, but don't cover. Water once, then leave them to sprout in the spring.

Alternatively, you can cold stratify seeds by placing them on a damp paper towel, fold it over, place in a recloseable plastic bag, then keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

Then start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring. Don't cover the seeds with soil. Keep seeds moist during germination. Transplant outside after the seedlings have four or five leaves

Plant will reach 28". Space plants 24" apart. Perennial in USDA Zones 3-9. Plant clump can be divided every 2-3 years. Drought tolerant.

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Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis

A nectar magnet for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer- and rabbit-resistant.

Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring or sow outside after threat of frost has passed. Cover with 1/16" fine soil. Keep seeds moist during germination.

A shade-loving plant, but will tolerate full sun in cooler climes. Requires moist soils to do well.

Height varies from 24" to 48". Grow in pots or set plants 12" apart. Blooms from late summer to frost. Perennial in USDA Zones 3-9.

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Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca

Host plant for Monarch and Queen butterfly caterpillars. Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Plant seeds in the autumn after the first frost. Gently press seeds down, but don't cover. Water once, then leave them to sprout in the spring.

Alternatively, you can cold stratify seeds by placing them on a damp paper towel, fold it over, place in a recloseable plastic bag, then keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

Then start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring. Don't cover the seeds with soil. Keep seeds moist during germination. Transplant outside after the seedlings have four or five leaves

Plant will reach 36-48". Space plants 24" apart. Perennial in USDA Zones 4-9.

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Golden Alexander
Zizia aurea

Host plant for Eastern Black Swallowtail and Anise Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring or sow outside after threat of frost has passed. Cover with 1/4" fine soil. Keep seeds moist during germination.

Plant will reach 12-36". Space plants 8-18" apart. Perennial in USDA Zones 3-9. Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist soil.

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Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium maculatum

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Plant seeds in the autumn after the first frost. Cover lightly with 1/8" of soil. Water once, then leave them to sprout in the spring.

Alternatively, you can cold stratify seeds by placing them on a damp paper towel, fold it over, place in a recloseable plastic bag, then keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring or sow outside after threat of frost has passed. Cover with 1/8" fine soil. Keep seeds moist during germination.

Plant will reach 48-72". Space plants 24-48" apart. Perennial in USDA Zones 4-9. Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist soil. Plant can be divided every two years.

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Lemon Bee Balm
Monarda citriodora

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring or sow outside after threat of frost has passed. Cover with 1/16" fine soil. Keep seeds moist during germination.

Plant will reach 36". Space plants 18" apart. Annual in USDA Zones 3-10. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Lavender to pink blossoms during summer.

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Mintleaf Bee Balm
Monarda fistulosa

Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring or sow outside after threat of frost has passed. Cover with thin layer of fine soil no deeper than the thickness of the seed itself. Keep seeds moist during germination.

Plant will reach 30-60". Space plants 20-30" apart. Perennial in USDA Zones 3-10. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Lavender blossoms during summer.

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Swamp Milkweed Carmine Rose
Asclepias incarnata "Carmine Rose"

Host plant for Monarch and Queen butterfly caterpillars. Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant.

Plant seeds in the autumn after the first frost. Gently press seeds down, but don't cover. Water once, then leave them to sprout in the spring.

Alternatively, you can cold stratify seeds by placing them on a damp paper towel, fold it over, place in a recloseable plastic bag, then keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

Then start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring. Don't cover the seeds with soil. Keep seeds moist during germination. Transplant outside after the seedlings have four or five leaves

Plant will reach 30-48". Space plants 24" apart. Perennial in USDA Zones 3-9. Plant in sun to partial shade in moist soil.

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Scarlet Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica

Host plant for Monarch and Queen butterfly caterpillars. Nectar plant for all butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer- and rabbit-resistant.

Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost in spring or sow outside after threat of frost has passed. Cover with 1/16" fine soil. Keep seeds moist during germination.

Fast-growing plant, will reach 24" to 36". Grow in pots or set plants 12" apart. Blooms from late spring to frost. Roots cold-hardy to 24F.

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