When you think of plants to attract butterflies the first one that comes to mind is Buddleia commonly known as the Butterfly Bush. So surely that will be one of the top six mentioned in the title. In fact the Butterfly Bush is not included in this list for two very good reasons. The first is that other plants are more attractive to these delightful insects and secondly the Butterfly Bush is a non-native invasive plant. I learned this from an article by Benjamin Vogt which I found on the Houzz website.

In the late afternoon and early evening, when the summer sun is its most potent, the insects are in frenetic action. All over the garden, the tips of flowers launch into the air ? if there were such thing as an insect air traffic controller, it would have lost its mind long ago. Bees, wasps, flies, moths, beetles and butterflies work to satiate their own hunger on nectar plants, while on others they gather pollen to feed their young miles away.
Above the native prairie plants ? culver?s root, aster, boneset, coreopsis, milkweed, ironweed and American senna ? the sound of wings can be heard 10 feet away. But over by the butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii), one lone tiger swallowtail works the blooms, like a tourist at a restaurant the locals never visit.
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