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How do we get more butterflies…plant host plants that the adults like to lay eggs on…and the baby caterpillar larvae like to eat!           The Red Admiral caterpillar larvae like the plants we consider weeds…plants of the nettle family…we are most familiar with stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) and maybe hops (Humulus). […]

Add to Insects…those butterflies that eat our garden food and flowers…like the Cabbage Butterfly.  It ranges over most of the United States and the green caterpillar larvae feed on cabbages, mustard, other wild plants.  Sometimes you will see a flock of a dozen or two adults in seach of a row of cabbages.   The […]

Host Plants for Butterflies…I should clarify…those are the plants that the adult butterfly lays her eggs on so that the larvae (baby caterpillars) have food to eat when they hatch from the egg. As the caterpillar grows, it sheds its skin 3 or 4 times and then builds a chrysalis which is the final stage […]

Weeding…Yep, that’s a part of what I do.  I like to pull the weeds while they are little and not taking up the moisture and nutrients from  the plants.  Weeds are notorious for showing up when I’ve just turned my back…how is that, I ask.  Must be that they know when I’m looking the other […]

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller


Aug. 22, 2011 No Comments Posted under: Gardening Tips, Perennials

Ligularia, a shade loving perennial plant that produces spires or spikes of yellow color in July and August. They love moisture, rich humus soil, and grow in large clumps…Be sure to leave plenty of room between them. Ligularia get its name because of the tongue like shape of the large petals on each of the flowers. The larger leaves are either round or kidney-shaped and are sometimes toothed. The strong stems stand upright and the blooms are long lasting. They are a striking plant and deer seem to avoid them while butterflies love them. Companion plants with which to balance the ‘solid’ foliage of the Ligularia would be some light and lacy ferns, Meadow Rue or Astilbe. Golden or variegated Hosta would add color to the green foliage display.