Plants that attract hummers and butterflies equally
(Login tbyrnes) Hummingbird Member 2006 Posted May 10, 2012 2:41 AM
I was thinking about this because it sometimes occurs to me that I concentrate so much on hummingbirds and I only get perhaps three or four maximum in and around my property at a time. Normally I will see only one hummingbird a day. I have maybe twenty-five or so different plants to attract them with perhaps a total of over a hundred.
Anyway, most hummingbird plants also attract butterflies, but there is only one in my garden that I can think of that attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies equally and that this the Stachytarpheta urticifolia (syn. S. cayennensis). I have three different types of Stachytarphetas, or porterweeds, but the favorite is the big blue/purple one (urticifolia). Almost all butterflies love it and it is a big favorite of the hummingbirds also.
Right now the other plant that comes close is the hamelia patens or firebush because it is the favorite of the Zebra Longwings. They love this plant, but many other butterflies, like Monarchs or Fritillaries use it only occasionally.
Any plants that are equally attractive in your gardens?
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