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Hill Country Butterfly Garden


As in any wildlife habitat, the butterfly needs four elements to complete it's transformation from "cat" to fluttering creature. This habitat provides these elements and was design for the butterflies specific to the eastern Hill Country.

The nectar plants are a mix of native and few naturalized plants chosen for hardiness and appeal to the butterflies most often found in Burnet county.  Care was taken to provide food all year.
 
 



But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, "Blue-Butterfly Day"
 




As in any wildlife habitat, the butterfly needs four elements to complete it's transformation from "cat" to fluttering creature. This habitat provides these elements and was design for the butterflies specific to the eastern Hill Country.


The nectar plants are a mix of native and few naturalized plants chosen for hardiness and appeal to the butterflies most often found in Burnet county.  Care was taken to provide food all year.

 
Click here for the Plant List*
Click here for an area Butterfly List                                         

Shelter-
The north side is protected by a lattice
wall and dense evergreen shrubs.to
protect butterflies from prevailing sea-                         
sonal winds. The center island is a raised
bed of dry stacked limestone which also
provides shelter as does a log pile on the
outer perimeter. The southwest side is
protected from summer  winds by tall native
grasses and evergreen shrubs.

Water-
Moisture and minerals are provided by
a three foot butterfly "puddle" on the
north side.  A shallow depression filled
with "green sand" and kept moist will
attract large groups of (mostly male)
butterflies. The puddle is surrounded by
large flat rocks where the butterflies can
sun themselves and dry off.

Places to Raise Young-
The most important part of a butterfly
habitat is providing host plants specific
to the local butterfly population.  This will
not be the prettiest part of the garden but
the miracle of a butterfly's metamorphosis
from caterpillar to pupa to a "flying flower"
is not to be missed.

Vines along the lattice wall, herbs,
grasses and trees as well as perennials
were chosen for the specific butterflies found in the area.

Food- 
Host plants are noted on the Plant List.

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