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Generic host plants in the Midwest? (or host plants in general)

8 years ago
last modified: 8 years ago

I tried looking around online to find a 'guide' or something similar for butterflies in my area (centralish Illinois), however I wasn't able to find anything. I don't have much area to plant many host plants, so I was wondering if there are a few (not trees however) that I can plant that will ensure eggs/cats? They will have to be in containers so I think I'll be limited.

Also, I'm still looking around for good nectar plants, but if anyone can name some good ones that'll keep butterflies coming always, I'll really appreciate it! I'm already thinking of milkweed, Helianthus spp., Penstemon spp., however was just wondering if there are other 'must haves'. Thanks!

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