Butterfly

Butterflies are beautiful adornments for the home landscape. You also can invite butterflies into your landscape if you provide the right conditions and the right plants.

One of my favorite shrubs is known as blue plumbago, which produces a profusion of phlox-like blue flowers almost all year round when winters are mild. Blue plumbago thrives in our hot and humid Texas summers.

If you are a butterfly lover, you’ll love blue plumbago to make your outdoors lively and colorful. Over the weekend, I was pleased to see several butterflies (including giant swallowtails) make stops in my landscape to sip nectar from the blue plumbago flowers.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

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