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Pentas is one of the best butterfly-attracting plants around. It blooms all summer long, even during the hottest weather, with large clusters of starry blooms that attract butterflies by the dozens as well as hummingbirds. The plant grows well in containers and in the ground -- and it can even make a good houseplant if you have enough light. It does best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Pentas is grown as an annual in most parts of the country, but it's hardy in Zones 10-11. Plant it outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.
Multicolor lantana flowers add bright shades to pentas -- and both plants are butterfly magnets.Salvia
Both pentas and salvia love hot weather and are surefire picks for butterflies and hummingbirds. Upright salvia looks great planted with the mounding habit of pentas.African marigold
Complement pentas' bright flowers with bold yellow marigolds for a big-impact, low-care combination.