Eastern Tiger Swallowtail nectaring on Butterfly Bush
Does Butterfly Bush have a place in butterfly gardening? It depends. The topic has been widely debated. Depending who you ask, it is either the best thing since sliced bread or the plant that will destroy the entire ecosystem of North America.
North American Butterfly Association publishes two magazines for its members: American Butterflies and Butterfly Gardener. In the summer of 2012, an entire issue of Butterfly Gardener was devoted to the pros and cons of Butterfly Bush. The entire issue has been posted on the NABA website in order to help each person be better informed about the use and misuse of this plant in butterfly gardening and home landscaping. Read the entire issue
Viceroy on common buttonbush
Groups of plants have been selected and rated by NABA members as important native plants for butterfly gardening. Be sure to check NABA’s Regional Garden Guides to learn which plants are best suited for butterfly gardens in your area.
Monarch egg on milkweed
There has never been a more important time to help Monarch populations! By planting milkweed, you can improve the chances that Monarchs will find their catperpillar food plant during the upcoming migration. A few of the most common milkweeds are highlighted on NABA’s Monarchs and Milkweed pages.
Monarch on purple coneflower
For many years, NABA has offered a set of butterfly gardening brochures written specifically for various regions of the United States. NABA is in the process of updating these brochures and converting them to regional butterfly gardening guides that will emphasize the use of native butterfly garden plants.
The entire set of regional garden guides is available on our map. The new, updated butterfly gardening guides are posted on the map, noted with a blue button, as they become available.
Outdoor weatherproof sign for NABA certified butterfly garden
A butterfly garden supplies food and shelter for all stages of a butterfly’s life. Providing caterpillar food plants, butterfly nectar plants and about half a day’s worth of sun are the basic elements of a butterfly garden.
When you certify your butterfly garden with NABA’s Butterfly Garden Certification Program you demonstrate your commitment to promoting habitat for butterflies as well as other pollinators.
Apply for your garden to be certified!