Butterflies at last!!!

roselee z8b S.W. TexasNovember 20, 2011

Due to the extreme drought in this part of Texas, San Antonio, I saw no more than 8 or 10 butterflies all summer. Nor were there any cats on any of the plants that were grown for them. So it is quite heartening to see Fortune's Eupatorium all a flutter for the last couple of days. Just a few inches of early fall rains were all that these few common little guys needed to return.

I had no idea what Fortune's Eupatorium could do until I moved it to a better place this year. I'm really enjoying all that it's attracting and I'm wondering if I'd be seeing what I'm seeing if I didn't have it ...

Here are a few of the visitors. All photos are from today ...

Incidentally, the black spots on the leaves is from mold growing on the honey dew that pecan tree aphids produced.

The white boneset, Eupatorium havanense, is also attracting honey bees, wild bees, and butterflies, but not as many as the purple ...

No emerald could be as greenly gorgeous as this green bee ...

Both Eupatoriums are extremely fragrant and waft big time.

I purchased Fortune's Eupatorium from a local nursery. Here is the sign:

Does any one else grow it?

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How fun for you, thanks for sharing your great photos.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 7:24AM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Your pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful plant! Eupatoriums are such good nectar plants. I'm glad you are getting the butterfly traffic.


    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 10:59AM
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terrene(5b MA)

Wow, lovely pics! Your garden is pretty. Glad to hear that you have some butterflies with such a terrible drought. I grow the native Eupatorium coelestinum, which looks similarly to E. fortunei. The bees love it but don't see many butterflies on it.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 1:08AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Thank you all for enjoying these late season butterflies with me!

Terrene, thanks for your reply. There is so much on the internet about Eupatorium coelestinum and so little about Eupatorium fortunei being grown as an ornamental that I'm thinking coelestinum is what I have. The leaves and flowers look just like it. The nursery I got it from was known for growing plants from seeds sent to him from all over the world so it may have been misidentified.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 9:22AM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

The plant and flowers are similar to coelestinum but different. I don't get that much action on my coelestinum--mostly bees, wasps, and skippers.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 9:42AM
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