Butterfly Gardening

Bring Your Garden to Life with Butterflies Creating a butterfly garden is a rewarding and exciting experience. These beautiful insects will add color, beauty and movement to your garden, as well as delight you with their antics. It is an opportunity for you to get in touch with nature and for nature to touch you back. There are approximately 760 butterfly species in North America, about 170 can be found in Florida, with at least 50-60 species in the Sarasota County area. Butterfly gardening is important to butterfly species as their habitats continue to be reduced through roadside mowing, land development, spraying for insects and the draining and filling of wetlands. Local conservation efforts of protection, restoration, and the management of natural habitats help protect species from disappearing. Check out our resources below. We update this regularly so check back often.

Blueprint for Five by Five Butterfly Garden in Southwest Florida

Our Favorite Butterfly Plants for Sarasota County

Invasive Butterfly Plants

Monarchs, Oe and Milkweeds

3 Responses to Butterfly Gardening

  1. Chris Parisi says:

    I agree with your position on A. curassavica there is one detail though that really isnt accurate. While native milkweed takes more effort to find, the supply is growing. I grow incarnata, perennis, lanceolata, tuberosa, verticillata and supply seeds for these species as well as A. humistrata and A. curassavica. Several members of FANN grow A. incarnata, A. perennis and A. tuberosa on a regular basis. Though supplies can be short at times when gardening is in high gear, there is always some available. If your group would like to get access to native milkweeds for a variety of soil and sun scenarios, let me know, we can get it to you at a reasonable price.

  2. debbi ann layfield says:

    Hi there…saw your site while doing research about creating a butterfly garden. We are interested in creating a memorial garden at our ALF. Butterflies and florals came to mind. Any info you could provide for plantings, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ever so much

  3. dave osgood says:

    is there a place in sarasota to buy caterpillars?

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