Love butterflies? Make a difference this weekend. Purchase “butterfly plants” for your garden


They are beautiful and wonderful, but they desperately need special plants – let’s call them “butterfly plants” to survive.

Here is a good article on why these plants are so important.

You can make a difference this weekend by attending and purchasing special butterfly plants at the annual Birmingham Botanical Garden’s Fall Sale October 22-23.

Monarch - Photo by: Sara Bright
Monarch – Photo by: Sara Bright

Here is the “butterfly plant” shopping list from the BBG:

1) a sun and shade Maypop or Passionvine
2) 3 varieties of Milkweeds
3) Cardinal Flower
4) 7 varieties of Asters

We may have missed a few items, so don’t forget to ask the folks at the Fall Plant Sale about additional native trees or plants that can be host plants for butterflies.

Gulf Fritillary - Photo by Sara Bright
Gulf Fritillary – Photo by Sara Bright
Cloudless Sulphur Shelby – Photo by Sara Bright



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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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