Best Butterfly Shrubs No Buddleias Allowed
We were discussing hydrangeas in the earlier thread when it occurred to me that we have not had a whole thread on good shrubs for butterflies other than butterfly bush (Buddleia). Fall is a good time to put in woodies :D, and the big boxes have great dollar sales right now.
So, list your favorite butterfly and moth shrubs. List why as well. Tell us anything about it, color, length of bloom, attractive to a particular species, etc. Remember no Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia).
1. Spicebush - Because it attracts and hosts the spicebush swallowtail and promethea moths. I actually like the small green blooms early in spring it has. I love the red berries in fall. I love crushing the leaves and berries and letting the kids smell them. You can eat the berries too. I have had paw paw jam flavored with the berries.
2. Blue mist shrub (Caryopteris)- beautiful purple/blue blooms at the end of summer loved by pollinators. Easy to grow hardy shrub. Blooming long after a lot of things are done.
3. Possumhaw viburnum - I don't have one yet and am seriously coveting a 'Winterthur' cultivar. It is listed as a host for lots of moths including Cecropia, Azalea and Hummingbird sphinx moths, as well as Eastern tailed blues. And how can you not like a name like "Possumhaw"?
I have lots of others but I will leave them to you to list.