Here is a list of butterfly plants I am adding to some of my school gardens.
- Swamp milkweed – Ascelpias incarnata – note – it’s probably best to plant seeds in the fall. Mark their location.
- Butterfly Weed – Asclepias tuberosa – plant seeds in place in the fall. Mark their location.
- Tropical milkweed – this will bloom all summer long.
- Bronze Fennel – perennial for Black Swallowtail (BST)
- Golden Alexander – perennial for Black Swallowtail (BST) – looks great in May.
- Dill/Parsley – perennial for Black Swallowtail (BST)
- Kale – host for Cabbage White
- Pussytoes – host for Painted Ladies
- Purple Globe amaranth – covers a large area.
- Lantana – large type to cover a big area – needs lots of sun.
- Zinnia angustifolia – you can also just plant the seeds as they germinate in four days.
- Allium – large – blooms in May
- Allium small – blooms June
- Aster – smaller versions
- Bee Balm
- Calamint – this is not invasive and blooms most of the summer.
- Echinacea purpurea
- Maltese Cross
- Nepeta – Walkers Low
- Purple Salvia
- Red Salvia – reseeds inself
- Sedum – blooms in the fall, but may get large and floppy
- Slender Mountain Mint
- Soil to fill-in.
- Fertilizer – organic – spread on after planting.
- Spades for kids.
- Stand tools in cart
- Make sure the water is on.
- Since most schools are closed in the summer, most of the plantings are mainly for spring and fall blooms.
- Encourage the sponsor to find a summer helper to weed and water during the summer.
- Use small containers so kids only have to dig small holes.