Caesalpina pulcherrima. We call it Pride of Barbados.
The yellow is Tecoma stans. Texas friends call it Esperanza.
Caesalpina is a legume, identified by the leaves.
The seeds are in a large flat pod, easily grown.
I started seedlings in late winter, 4 new plants are planted.
Tithonia is an easy reseeder and a butterfly favorite.
Pentas lanceolata or Egytian Star Flower, palest pink here with
Persian Shield and Graptopetalum for effect.
Pentas are usually treated as annuals. I get
frequent return from plant roots but always
hold over cuttings in winter, just in case.
Lavendar dwarf Pentas with Persian Shield.
Pentas come in several shades of pink; red,
white and lavender shades.
Duranta erecta is a fast-growing shrub often
treated as an annual. It is root-hardy here.
Cuttings will bloom through the winter when
brought inside. Butterflies love it.
I did not make pics of Lantana, but it is definitely one of the top five butterfly favorites for summer. I grow both the prostrate yellow, and lavender Lantana montevidensis. There is one plant of the white among the lavender. I took cuttings of white this morning for extending the white garden out back.
Porterweed in the near view, spiky blooms.
Porterweed, or Stachytarpheta jamaicensis is another popular blossom with butterflies, also treated as an annual. The above are plants I use most to attract summer butterflies.
Other Summer nectar plants:
- Verbena bonariensis
- Cassia alata
I have grown almost all of the above at one time or another except for Plumbago. Buddleia is one that I gave up because it is so sensitive soil nematodes here. Vernonia, Asclepsias and Eupatorium grow in wild butterfly areas that I do not cultivate.