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Plant Michigan Natives..."because restoring habitat begins right in our own yards"


Easy as 1, 2, 3, (and 4!)

1. Find a sunny location (6-8 hours of sun); be sure area is protected from the wind by bushes or some structure.

2. It's necessary to plant for TWO life stages, adult & caterpillar. Many times, different plants are needed for each stage.

   a) ADULT BUTTERFLIES need flowers which are nectar rich, especially seeking out the colors purple, white, yellow,        orange, and lavender.
    b) CATERPILLARS are VERY fussy eaters. So adults seek out specific plants for egg laying.

3. It's effective to plant flowers in "drifts" rather than single plants. Lots of beautiful color will attract those buggers. Also, some     butterflies like taller flowers - others like those which are shorter.

4. Use NATIVE wildflowers and grasses (species) instead of cultivars.

* butterflyweed * milkweeds(Monarch)
* blazing star * parsley, dill, carrots (Black Swallowtail)
* black-eyed Susan * violets (Fritillaries)
* coreopsis * grasses, sedges (Skippers)
* asters * thistles, pearly everlasting (Painted Lady)
* purple coneflower * cabbage (Cabbage White)
* milkweeds NOTE: Let the baby caterpillars stay on your plants.
* goldenrods Plants will be chewed a bit but not ruined.
* Joe Pye weed
* boneset

Very good resource books include:

-The Butterfly Book, Stokes

- Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Ortho Books

- The Butterfly Garden, Mathew Tekulski

- Michigan Butterflies & Skippers, Mogens C. Nielsen, MSU Extension

ABSOLUTELY NO PESTICIDES/HERBICIDES! And easy on the pruning & trimming.

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