It’s that time of year in Florida when things are starting pop up in the yard. Too often people grab the weed and feed or randomly pull plants without thought to how it could adversely impact our butterfly populations.
Many of the very plants that the chemical companies target as “weeds” are important larval hosts for our beautiful butterflies. A lawn is a pretty much a biological desert. Don’t fall for their misguided propaganda that you need to have a perfect carpet of green in front of your home. Leave that to the putting greens on the golf course.
Let these wildflower beauties grow and you just may find a marked uptick in the number of butterflies that choose to call your place home.
And don’t forget to leave an area of Bidens alba as a great nectar source that the butterflies simply can’t resist.
Come on over to the wild side. The pollinators will flock to show their appreciation.