A Milbert’s tortoiseshell rests on a flower. Nature Chilliwack says butterfly gardens for every stage of life are possible using plants native to the area. (Photo/Nature Chilliwack)

A Milbert’s tortoiseshell rests on a flower. Nature Chilliwack says butterfly gardens for every stage of life are possible using plants native to the area. (Photo/Nature Chilliwack)

Nature Chilliwack offers butterfly garden tips

Gardens can be created using local plants, the nature club says

Nature Chilliwack is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year as the “go-to” nature club for the eastern Fraser Valley. To celebrate, the club is sharing their knowledge in a series of seasonally relevant articles with The Observer. To learn more about Nature Chilliwack, visit naturechilliwack.ca.

Warm weather brings out the best in garden spaces across Agassiz-Harrison.

Nature Chilliwack recently shared some gardening tips to attract butterflies using plants native to the area.

Creating a full-fledged butterfly garden means making sure the plants within meet the needs of every phase of the butterfly life cycle – eggs, caterpillars, pupae and adults.

Nature Chilliwack recommends planting the butterfly garden in the sunniest area possible; if only partially sunny areas are available, planting stinging nettles and goat’s beard act as great sources of nectar. Caterpillars prefer ocean spray and stinging nettles as food.

Nectar producing shrubs include ninebark, mock orange, ocean spray, salal and Saskatoons. These shrubs also act as excellent shelter for when caterpillars begin to pupate. Perennial nectar plants known to attract butterflies include nodding onion, stonecrop, wild strawberry and bare stem parsley.

Nature Chilliwack also encourages having a source of water in the garden as well as a large, flat rock to give butterflies an area to bask.


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