Snacks for garden jewels

By , Special To The Christian Science Monitor

A butterfly's favorite treats aren't limited to what's planted in a flower bed, but come in many forms: trees, shrubs, vines, annuals, perennials, biennials, and even vegetables such as carrots and cabbage.

Among the annual flowers that attract butterflies are ageratum, cosmos, marigold, sweet william, and zinnia. Preferred perennials include aster, black-eyed Susan, coneflowers, milkweeds, phlox, pink-flowered sedum, and verbena.

Herbs such as dill, fennel, lavender, and parsley will lure the winged wonders to your yard. So will flowering shrubs. Among them: buddleia (butterfly bush), lilac, spicebush, and spirea.

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Parsley, snapdragon, Queen Anne's lace, dill, fennel, aster, and milkweeds are valuable to people with limited space because they provide nectar to butterflies and food for larvae.

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