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How to have a large-scale butterfly habitat
ButterflyScaping expands the concept of
butterfly gardening through the community-
wide preservation and planting of butterfly
host vegetation, including street trees, small
trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers.
Common grounds, roadsides, sidewalks,
natural areas, dry retention areas,
stormwater ponds, undeveloped areas,
easements and residential yards in new and
existing communities are components of
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Town centers can transform their sidewalk container gardens into beautiful and dynamic butterfly
magnets by focusing on host plants and adding some nectar.
EXAMPLE HOST PLANT
Blue Plumbago (Cassius Blue), Coontie (Atala Hairstreak), Partridge Pea
(Cloudless Sulphur, Gray Hairstreak, Ceraunus Blue) (blue, yellow and
Carolina Wild Petunia (Common Buckeye), Passionflower (Gulf Fritillary,
Zebra Heliconian, Variegated Fritillary), Fogfruit (Phaon Crescent,
Common Buckeye, White Peacock) (all purple flowers at three different
Twinflower (Common Buckeye), Carolina Wild Petunia and Sunshine
Mimosa (Little Yellow) (two purples and a pink)
Bay Cedar (Martial Scrub-Hairstreak; Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak), Blue
Plumbago, Passion Flower (Bay Cedar for warmer coastal areas)
Dr. Gail Hansen
Dr. Jaret Daniels
Dr. Esen Momol
University of Florida,