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Some of the Michigan native plants highlighted in this garden are pipevine (Aristolochia species), button bush(Cephalanthus occidentalis), and meadow blazing star(Liatris ligulistylus)

Certified Garden # 47 in southern Michigan

Garden overviewThis USDA Hardiness Zone 6 suburban garden provides a wide variety of nectar and caterpillar food plants.

In addition to the Monarch-magnet lavender spikes of meadow blazing star ( Liatris ligulistylus), photo left, this garden provides butterfly nectar with swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum) and New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus).

Button bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), photo below with Viceroy butterfly, is another plant that provides plentiful nectar.Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar

A wide variety of caterpillar food plants are also grown, including pussytoes (Antennaria species), wild black cherry tree (Prunus serotina), tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) , and pipevine (Aristolochia species), pictured below with Pipevine Swallowtail eggs.

Pipevine Swallowtail eggs