Backyard Butterflies Blog

What’s Blooming Now? April 29, 2019

Feature photo is of Cherries Jubilee cultivar Left to right: Twilite Prairie Blues; Sapphire Spires; Purple Smoke; Solar Flares; Dutch Chocolate Our collection of Bapisia australis (False Indigo) cultivars are starting to bloom! This native leafy shrub comes in a variety of colors ranging from white, yellows, oranges, pinks, purples, blues, browns, and blacks. I…
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What’s Blooming Now? April 6, 2019

Spring natives are starting to flower in our backyard habitat. Currently in bloom or just getting started to bloom are two of my favorites: Columbine and Shooting Star. Feature photo is of a flower now in bloom in our yard. Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a generous self-sower and will spread throughout an area in which…
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Better Know a Host Plant: Wild Violets

Better Know a Host Plant is a series of posts all about common to rare butterfly host plants. Each week during the butterfly season we will feature a host plant that we have experience with, or just find interesting! Common Name: Wild violets Latin Name: Viola sororia Bloom time: Spring Spread: 0.5 to 0.75 ft…
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Better Know a Host Plant: Pussytoes

Better Know a Host Plant is a series of posts all about common to rare butterfly host plants. Each week during the butterfly season we will feature a host plant that we have experience with, or just find interesting! Common Name: Pussytoes Latin Name: Antennaria plantaginifolia Bloom time: Spring Spread: 1 ft Native: Yes Host Plant: American…
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Better Know a Host Plant: Fennel

Better Know a Host Plant is a series of posts all about common to rare butterfly host plants. Each week during the butterfly season we will feature a host plant that we have experience with, or just find interesting! Common Name: Fennel Latin Name: Foeniculum vulgare Bloom time: June through September Sun: Full sun to part shade…
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