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Which Plants Attract Butterflies? Support Pollinators With a Butterfly Garden on Your Lawn

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Most people would be happy to have more butterflies flying around their property, purely based on how beautiful they are. But did you know that there are so many benefits to supporting butterflies besides aesthetics? Butterflies and other pollinators do so much for the planet — namely, they pollinate the plants that give us food. And one of the easiest ways to support butterflies is by planting flowers and other plants that attract butterflies.

Read on for a list of some of butterflies’ favorite plants and other ways you can support pollinators.

Why Do Butterflies and Plants Need Each Other?

Butterflies are pollinators, meaning they transfer pollen from one flower to another, encouraging fertilization, seed production, and fruit production for plants, according to Pollinator.org

Many of the plants we depend on for food, fabric, medicine, and other uses require pollination by butterflies or other pollinators, so it’s vital that we support pollinators — not only for their survival (because butterflies' diets mostly consist of plant nectar; and also because there is evidence that butterflies and other pollinators’ populations are suffering, Pollinator.org noted), but also for our own survival. One way to do this is by planting butterflies’ native plants in our yards.