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If you are a worshipper of beauty, you will surely love your landscape be adorned with various colors of flowers and butterflies. A butterfly garden is an excellent idea which will attract monarch butterflies. It is a natural expansion of the purely horticultural side of landscaping. But there are many basic facts which you should understand before you begin create a butterfly garden. The first and major thing is the fact that monarch butterfly is attracted to different plants at different points of its life cycle. This fact is true with other varieties of butterflies as well. Therefore you should recognize the types of plants various butterflies like tiger swallowtails and black swallowtails are attracted to. While you grow these particular plants to attract these types of butterflies, you should also grow another set of plants that can serve as hosts to swallowtail caterpillars. Also, you will find that there are some plants such as butterfly weed which serve both functions at the same time. [Link Removed]
Butterfly weed is a special plant which is a favorite for many butterfly gardeners because of its particular characteristics. The scientific name of the plant is Asclepias tuberose and is a type of milk weed. This plant is a potential host for the caterpillars of monarch butterflies. Also, this serves as a favorite source of nectar for many butterfly species including the tiger swallowtail and black swallowtail.
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Butterflys are good for polination and they are beautiful insects.