Arizona boasts over 250 species of butterflies. With the right plants and environment you can attract these delicate beings to your Phoenix yard.
Popular butterflies in Arizona:
Phases of Butterfly Metamorphis
To create a true butterfly garden, you have to understand the phases of a butterfly metamorphis. There are four phases: egg, caterpillar (larvae), chrysalis (pupa), and then the final metamorphis – a butterfly!
Butterflies need larvae plants to lay their eggs. As soon as the larvae or caterpillar is born they need to have access to the leaves they will eat to prepare for their next life cycle.
Butterflies also need nectar plants. They enjoy mass plantings of wide shallow flowers that they can easily perch on.
What Plants Attract Butterflies?
Plants to attract butterflies to your Phoenix garden:
- Fern Acacia
- Desert Senna
- Bottlebrush Plant
Butterflies love classic annual flowers such as zinnia, cosmos, and marigold. They also love lantana, Red Bird of Paradise, Euroyps daisy, Baja Fairy Duster, butterfly bush, Desert milkweed, and Butterfly Weed. In Phoenix the bottlebrush plant attracts not only butterflies, but bees and hummingbirds too.
Attract butterflies to your garden by planting flowers that attract butterflies at all development stages.
Planting somewhere that isn’t a high traffic area, but an area that you can easily observe is an ideal location for a butterfly garden.