If you have room for an ‘out of the way’ area, why not try creating a ‘wild patch’ for butterflies and other insects. These are wonderful (but sometimes unpopular) wildlife plants.
All are vigorous and aggressive, so must be managed to stop them spreading too far.
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Although not popular, Stinging Nettles are the food plant for the caterpillars of some of our best-loved butterflies such as Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock and Comma.
So remember – ‘No Nettles = No Butterflies’! You decide!
The well-known ‘Butterfly bush’, the Buddleia, is a nectar plant for adult butterflies only. Without nettles for the caterpillars to eat, there can be no adult butterflies.
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