Herbs and Swallowtails

Converting todays vege garden to a butterfly’s haven.  This will be something we can do cover type crops.

  • Dill and curled parsley black swallowtails
  • Monarda for food (Bergamot)
  • Alfalfa and pea for regeneration

There are many species across the front range and I want to focus on the generalists.


Black Swallowtail

Blue Butterflies in Colorado like the Lupine go for buckwheat, but not the Lupine plant.

Though there is the GORGEOUS Melissa Blue — whose caterpillar stage eat Lupine! As well as alfalfa and American Licorice (Glycyrrhiza).   One person who spotted a Mellisa reported the field had alfalfa, yarrow, wild buckwheat (erigonum?) and mustard.

You might also like: Host Plants for Colorado Butterflies,  and   Adding Butterfly host plants


What would be needed to create an easement between an existing water body and the rest of an acreage. As example a reservoir created by sand pits, those by natural ephemeral streams, and the irrigation ditches of old that still supply water to some people.
Where is the best place to try to restore natural environments.  Especially if you’re just a small person in a small place.
But I could imagine there are still larger tracks and different species for  each.  A natural place for pollinators to dance along side paths for people to walk. It would be interesting to see if you can grow the native prairie, how much prep is needed..  And then along side imagine a commercial native grower who uses the space to provide a tour of restoration? From bare ground,  to tending seedlings, to prairie.

Plants to look up:

Cleome Serratta

Lemon verbena

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