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Aug 172012
 

Planting certain perennial flowers can increase visits to the yard by butterflies and hummingbirds. Both flower color and flower shape create the attraction. Here are a few species that are effective at attracting wildlife.

The attraction of Butterfly Weed

The attraction of Butterfly Weed

Butterflies:
Common Name Scientific Name Regional Adaptation
Aster Aster spp. N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Goldenrod Solidago spp. N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Obedient Plant Physostegia verginiana N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Yarrow Achillea millefolium N, SW, SC, SE, HA
 
Hummingbirds:
Common Name Scientific Name Regional Adaptation
Bee Balm Monarda didyma N, SW, SC, SE
Bleeding Heart Dicentra spp. N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Bugleweed Ajuga spp. N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberose N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Bellflower Campanula spp. N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Columbine Aquilegia spp. N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Delphinium Delphinium elatum N, SW, SC, SE
Foxglove Digitalis spp. N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Lupine Lupinus spp. N, SW, SC, SE, HA
Red Hot Poker Kniphofia uvaria SW, SC

Key to regional adaptation notes:
N = Northern Idaho valley locations in USDA zones 5 & 6, Moscow to Sandpoint.
SE = Southeastern Idaho valley locations in USDA zones 3 & 4 from Rexburg to Pocatello.
SC = South-central Idaho Magic Valley locations in USDA zones 4 & 5, Burley and Twin Falls.
SW = Southwestern Idaho Treasure Valley locations in USDA zones 5 & 6, Boise area (also Lewiston). HA = High altitude (>5,000 ft) areas of central, southeastern Idaho and similar locations elsewhere.

 August 17, 2012