While the bush is beautiful, it’s doesn’t actually benefit butterflies.
“People rationalize their perceived need for butterfly bush because they think it helps butterflies,” Tallamy said. “What they really want is a pretty plant in their yard.”
Instead, Tallamy suggests instead looking to native species like milkweed, joe-pye weed and oak trees.
“If you plant butterfly bush, and not native [species], then right away you’re removing at least 75% of the food that is supporting the biodiversity that’s out there,” he said.