Butterfly Garden

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Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden was established in 1991 by the Story County Master Gardeners, and had since been cared for by the Boon Master Gardeners. Native shrubs and herbaceous perennials were selected in this collection based on their value to butterfly and pollinator populations. Much of the plant species chosen provide a suitable habitat and food source to butterfly larvae, including several species of milkweed (Asclepias sp.). Other herbaceous and shrub species from coneflower (Echnicaea purpurea) to bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) provide nectar for adult butterflies and various bee species. A small pond adjacent to the garden serves as a habitat for various waterfowl species and other aquatic animals. A butterfly prairie was also incorporated to the garden in 2016.

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