Want to attract butterflies? Rue is an easy to grow perennial that’ll draw the beautiful insect

  • If you want the swallowtail butterfly, you need to tolerate its caterpillar stage. (en.wikipedia.org via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Rue plants are the preferred host of the beautiful Asian swallowtail butterfly. (en.wikipedia.org by Peellden via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The green seed pods of the rue plant are segmented resembling the fruit of their citrus cousins. (Garden.org via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The symbol for the suit of clubs was based on a rue leaf. Inset: Rue plants are the preferred host of the beautiful Asian swallowtail butterfly. (Wikimedia.org and en.wikipedia.org by Peellden via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The symbol for the suit of clubs was based on a rue leaf. (Wikimedia.org via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A rue plant makes an attractive addition to an herb garden. (davesgarden.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

If you want to attract butterflies to your property, you need to grow plants they like. The ancient herb rue is an easy to grow woody perennial that can help lure beautiful butterflies to your yard.