Sunday, March 25, 2012

Plant it and they will come.

PENSTEMON - Penstemon superbus

As we continue to landscape our yard for native wildlife, one of our goals is to attract more butterflies.

We do get small numbers of a couple different species, but not as many as we'd like.

Butterflies require plants for egg laying, food for the hungry caterpillars, and nectar for the adults.

The Living Desert had its native plant sale this weekend, and we picked up a couple of plants for the butterflies.

This Penstemon (right) has beautiful coral pink flowers that will also attract hummingbirds.

Asclepias - "Silky Gold"

Golden Butterflyweed (left) will grow to about 3 to 4 feet high.

Desert Milkweed (below) has pale yellow flowers. It will grow to about 4 feet tall.

Asclepias subulata

"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies."
~Author unknown

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