GREAT FOR BUTTERFLIES

Our Butterfly mixes contain the perfect species to attract bees and butterflies, as well as all kinds of other insects and small animals on the search for food and shelter.

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Butterflies are beautiful, but they're disappearing. Habitat loss and climate change are causing their populations to decline at an alarming rate. At Meadow Flowers Australia, we sell plants that can attract butterflies. If you want your garden to be an abode for these beautiful creatures, you can choose different plants from our store and ensure that butterflies thrive all year long.

 

What types of plants attract butterflies in Australia?

Australia is home to a variety of butterflies, many of which are drawn to specific types of plants. While native plants are always the best choice for attracting butterflies, there are a few non-native species that can also be effective.

One popular choice is Verbena bonariensis, which is a tall, annual plant that produces clusters of purple flowers. Another option is Buddleja davidii (butterfly bush), which is a shrub that produces long, slender clusters of purple or white flowers and can attract butterflies. Whichever plants you choose, be sure to plant them in an area that gets plenty of sun and has well-drained soil. With a little care and attention, you can create a garden that attracts butterflies from all over Australia.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular plants that attract butterflies:

1. Nepeta Walker's Low

Nepeta Walker's Low, more commonly known as catnip or catmint, is a herbaceous perennial plant in the mint family. It is native to Europe and Asia, but has been introduced to North America and Australia. The plant is named after its chief chemical compound, nepetalactone. This substance is responsible for the plant's aromatic properties that attract butterflies. Some researchers believe that the plant may mimic the effects of cat pheromones. The plant is often grown as an ornamental plant in many gardens in Australia.

 

2. Meadow Sage

Meadow sage (Salvia pratensis) is a hardy perennial herb that is native to Australia, Europe, and Asia. It is a member of the mint family, and it has a long history of culinary and medicinal use. The leaves of the plant are green and oval-shaped, with a wrinkled surface. Its flowers are blue or purple, and they bloom in the summertime. Meadow sage grows best in well-drained soil, and it prefers full sun or partial shade. This herb is relatively easy to grow, and it makes an excellent addition to any garden, especially if you want to attract butterflies and birds.

 

3. Common Cornflower

The Common Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) is an annual flower found in Australia. It grows to a height of 30-60 cm and has blue or violet flowers with a yellow center. The plant blooms from June to August and is often used as a decoration in gardens. The Common Cornflower is also known as the Bachelor's Button, Bluebottle, and Corn Poppy. The plant gets its name from the fact that it was once commonly grown as a crop in Europe. Cornflowers were used to color flour and other foodstuffs. You can also decorate your garden with this beautiful plant that would bring various butterflies throughout the year.

 

4. Evening Primrose

Evening primrose is quite unique as its flowers open in the evening and close in the morning. It has a deep taproot, and its leaves are arranged in a rosette at the base of the plant. The flowers are yellow and have four petals. Each flower is about 1 inch across and blooms for only one night. After blooming, the flowers produce seed pods that contain small black seeds. These seeds attract swarms of butterflies. Our seed mix contains primarily of Evening Primrose because of its ability to attract butterflies and make gardens look beautiful. Apart from butterflies, the seeds also attract different types of birds. So you may see colorful birds scattered around your garden also. Some birds eat the leaves also.

 

Tips to sow and grow plants that attract butterflies

You must keep Australia’s weather in mind before buying seeds for your garden. If you don’t sow the seeds at the right time, you wouldn’t get the desired flowers. And if you don’t get the desired flowers, you would hardly see any butterflies. Here are a few tips that you should remember:

  • Make sure you sow the seeds either in spring or autumn. Sowing seeds during winter or when there is frost is a strict no-no.
  • Secondly, you should sow the seeds at least 2 to 3 gm/m2. Too many seeds in the same place would overcrowd the area.
  • The expected growth height of our plants is 40 to 70 cm. Water the plants when the soil is absolutely dry. Overwatering can make the plants wither away.

Butterflies are beautiful creatures that can brighten anyone's day. They also play an important role in the environment, as they help to pollinate flowers. Buy seeds from Meadow Flowers Australia that grow into butterfly-attracting plants. They will not only bring beauty to your garden, but you'll also be helping out these amazing creatures.