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Butterfly Garden

About the Garden

The TAS butterfly garden is located east of Gage Boulevard on the south side of the Shunga Trail. It is maintained by the City of Topeka and by TAS volunteers.

About the Plants

Butterfly gardens need to provide food for both adult butterflies and their larva.
  • Nectar plants provide food for adults in the form of flowers.
  • Host plants provide food for adults in the form of foliage.

TAS plantings

Plants native to a region provide the best host plants as each species of butterfly is adapted to a specific host plants. 
In 2011, TAS added plants to the garden. All plants are native to Kansas and are perrenial.  These plants were placed in the eastern most bed of the garden.  This bed is being maintained by TAS volunteers.
  • Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea), host for black swallowtail, spring nectar
  • Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), host for monarch, summer nectar
  • Maryland Senna (Cassia marilandica), host to sleepy orange, summer nectar
  • New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), fall nectar
  • Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum), summer nectar
  • Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), spring nectar
In September 2011, more swamp milkweed was added to the eastern most bed to supplement the existing plants.  Swamp milkweed is a host plant for the monarch butterfly.  TAS volunteers also weeded this bed and the berms.
Other plants were added to the berms which already contain butterfly milkweed.  Plants added included the following.
  • Western yarrow (Achillea millefolium var. occidentalis), spring nectar
  • Prairie Petunia (Ruellia humilis), summer nectar
  • Aromatic aster (Aster oblongifolius), fall nectar


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