Enjoy Backyard Wildlife with a Butterfly, Moth and Hummingbird Garden
Your backyard flower garden can become a lively butterfly, moth, and hummingbird garden if you choose the right flowers. Here are some top choices for a beautiful flower bed that will be irresistible to these wild creatures.
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)
Meadow blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)
Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
For Ruby-throated hummingbirds:
Scarlet bergamot (Monarda didyma)
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
- The milkweeds and blazing stars may be available only from nurseries that specialize in native prairie plants.
- For further details, see the book Landscaping for Wildlife, published by the Nongame Wildlife Program, Minnesota DNR.
- Butterfly, bee & moth garden designs.
- Information about pollinator management and restoration: Pollinator Resources
Prepared by Carrol Henderson, Supervisor, Nongame Wildlife Program, Minnesota DNR