Color brings movement to the garden–red for hummingbirds, flitting about, and purple will draw in butterflies, fluttering seemingly without a care in the world. Helen’s Haven is in motion from spring until fall with the flight of the butterfly.
There are many aspects of creating a wildlife habitat, but none as fun as adding color to attract our winged friends. Color plays an important role in the pollination puzzle.
Although the color purple isn’t as strong as an influencer to a butterfly as red is to a hummingbird, there is still strong evidence that butterflies are attracted to the color purple.
Most local or migratory butterflies will seek regionally native plants since they are the plants butterflies have evolved with. But butterflies will also feed from many non-native, nectar-rich plants that suit their needs, such as Buddleia spp., (Butterfly bush). Add the color purple, and you will attract even more butterflies.
Some of the purple plants I’ve added to my garden to attract and sustain various butterflies include dianthus, cosmos, phlox, coneflowers (Echinacea spp.), lavenders (Lavandula spp.), asters (Aster/Sumphyotrichum spp.), and salvias; to name a few.
I also grow a country garden, so adding garden art fits like a proboscis into a flower. As a tribute to the butterflies, I add purple garden art. Ok, so maybe it’s also for me since I do like purple.
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