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Lantana attracts Butterflies

Butterfly Lantana

Gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae Linnaeus) butterfly on Lantana camara

Here in central Florida, it is relatively easy to attract butterflies to your yard. Our backyard butterfly garden includes Jatropha, Hamelia patens (firebush), and three colors of the popular Lantana camara. Once established, Lantanas are quite hardy perennials that flower for much of the year. The Lantana blooms apparently contain tasty nectar, since they are butterfly magnets in our garden.

Lantana is one the top ten butterfly plants on the Florida Friendly Plants list. To identify the butterflies that visit our garden, I use the Discover Life IDnature guide for Butterflies – North America

Psalm 103:15 ESV – As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field.

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