Butterfly-and-Bee-Friendly Plants

We all play a role in keeping our planet healthy, clean, and beautiful…even insects. Yes, it’s true — we need insects and they need us. Insects populations around us are continuing to decline, but they play an incredibly important role on the earth. Without them, we would be in trouble.

Have you considered building a habitat for pollinators? If you are interested, keep reading; we want to share with you how you can do that.

Select a corner of your yard or a pot or two where this life-giving project will take place. Head over to Amelia’s and pick out bee- and butterfly-friendly plants. Insects like to hang out with plants they’ve known for thousands of years, so Florida-native plants are a good choice, but other options - sizes, colors, fragrances, and growth habits - are endless. We are always ready to point you in the right direction to help you create a little extra beauty in your yard as well as a pollinator habitat.

Then, just take care of your new plants and simply appreciate new wildflowers and life around your yard. This is very easy, but needed to care for our insects + our world! Did you know that many weeds are visited by pollinators? Weeds serve a purpose after all. Stand or sit still; you may just see a lot of buzzing action going on around your weeds. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop in and ask one of our Smarties how to get started. The Florida Wildflower Association has lots of information that you may find useful. Here are a few links in which you may indulge:

Our plants are not treated with systemic that can harm bees & butterflies. Sometimes the butterfly plants are covered with caterpillars!

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