Golden asters and butterflies

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After a scarcity of butterflies during much of the summer, I’ve appreciated seeing several in the backyard lately. Our Golden Asters (Chrysopsis villosa) are in full bloom and have attracted several visitors.

four different butterflies nectaring on golden aster
1. Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) 2. Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) 3 & 4. Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
5 & 6. Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

These plants have proven to be drought tolerant this summer. Even after pruning them in early summer, they’re still 3-4 ft. tall. The abundant, showy yellow blooms add welcome color to the backyard.

I enjoy having flowers in the backyard. I also like seeing butterflies, and I feel good knowing that the plants support them. It’s a win-win situation.

What late-season butterflies are you seeing?

6 thoughts on “Golden asters and butterflies”

    1. Evelyn, I don’t seem to have much luck with telling butterflies where to go or what to do. However, I’d be glad to give you some aster seeds. (:-)

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