Monarchs are notorious fans of toxic milkweed varieties. But, the common butterfly also enjoys yard-friendly lilacs. These perennial shrubs can reach a height of 8-10 feet and require full sun. Showy, fragrant clusters of small blooms start to make an appearance around late spring. USDA Hardiness Zones 3-7 Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Among America’s most recognizable butterflies, these fly throughout the United States. Monarchs can be identified by their bright orange wings with black borders. The males showcase thin black veins, while females have thicker, blurred veins (shown here). Look for white spots on wing borders. Migrating adults head to the California Coast and Central Mexico between August and October, with females laying eggs along the way.