Have you been to see our Butterfly Garden this season? You
can find the Butterfly Garden across from the Birds and Bees Exhibit. It has so
much to offer. There are flowers for nectar and host plants galore. A host
plant is one that the butterflies lay their eggs on and then the caterpillars
consume. A nectar plant contains nectar for the butterfly to enjoy. But what
you may not be aware of is the latest technology is at work.
The Zebra Swallowtail is the Tennessee State Butterfly. You
will see a lot of those around the host tree, Paw Paw tree.
If you have a smart phone, you can download the QR Code that
suits the type of smart phone you have. Several are FREE and available at the
App Store. On the bottom left corner of the Butterfly Life Cycle you will find
a QR Code that lists the local Tennessee butterflies. The Life Cycle of the
Butterfly had been beautifully depicted showing the Monarch Butterfly.
Butterfly gardening is so easy to do. You can fill your
garden with nectar and host plants. Depending on the type of butterfly you want
to lure to your garden. Just scan the code to the left for a complete list of
plants that the Horticulture Department used throughout the Butterfly Garden.
It is an evolving garden with late season flowers going really strong. If you
stand still long enough, you might even see the Hummingbirds who also have been
enjoying the flowers.
Celosia sp. is a particular favorite of the Horticulture
Manager. This is an annual that can reach seven to 10 feet tall in one season.
The long tassels produce a huge amount of seeds that are great to share with
gardening friends. Stop by near the end of season to see how this plant is
This is a glimpse of the Butterfly Garden in mid-August. You
will find Zinnias, Pentas, Melampodiums, Buddleia, Echinacea, Gaillardia,
Cleome, Rudbeckia, Joe Pye Weed, just to name a few. There is something new to
see each time you visit the Memphis Zoo.