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Posted 30 September 2015 - 01:32 PM

Hi

I want to do something about my school's butterfly garden that is not really a butterfly garden because there are few host plants and not even enough nectar plants. All I see are a few Grass Yellow butterflies.

The crown flower died some years ago, but there are still some lantanas and a number of lime plants.

What else can I get? I have reading up the butterfly circle (Nature Soc) webpages and some other blogposts.

I am thinking of hibiscus, pentas, dutchman pipe and tropical milkweed.
Hibiscus is easy to get - what about the rest? Thanks for any advice. :flowers:/>
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Posted 30 September 2015 - 07:06 PM

you might want to look this thread
http://www.greencult...y-at-my-garden/

and this thread

http://www.greencult...tterfly-garden/

long discussion. Some of the plant are not easily available. Please PM for my email.
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Posted 30 September 2015 - 09:20 PM

coral vine. If there is a structure for it to climb on, it looks like a nice plant when in flower.

Dutchman's pipe, said to contain very poisonous alkaloid if ingested. while some say the poison is minor.
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Posted 30 September 2015 - 10:26 PM

Aristolochia is a Chinese herb ... I guess must be 以毒攻毒。
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Posted 02 October 2015 - 02:55 PM

Panama Rose, Rondeletia leucophylla,which is a type of pentas, it may be a plant which produce nectar. It looks like a bush, while the other pentas looks shorter. I never grow it before.

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis , is one of the plants those butterfly lovers love to grow. Usually purple flower, Have a white variety. and a type with red flower. Very hardy.

Ixora finlaysoniana - ixora with white flower, fragrant flower. Looks like a small tree.

Senna alata, host some yellow butterfly. A few of the other Senna plants also host yellow butterfly.

milkweed..not sure where to get.

cat whiskers plant, noni , basil and some common flowering plants could be used too. Noni has smelly fruits, its flowers is visited by a variety of insects.

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