What Attracts Dragonflies? 6 Eye-Catching Plants to Try

Water Lilies: These aquatic plants not only provide shade and shelter for dragonfly nymphs but also offer beautiful blooms that attract adult dragonflies seeking nectar.

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata): This native perennial produces spikes of blue-purple flowers that bloom above water. It attracts dragonflies with its abundance of nectar and provides perches for them to rest.

Horsetail Reed (Equisetum hyemale): This architectural plant thrives in wet conditions and provides a unique texture to water gardens. Dragonflies often use the sturdy stems as perches while hunting for prey.

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Cattails (Typha spp.): These tall, reed-like plants are commonly found in wetlands and provide habitat for dragonfly nymphs. The fluffy brown seed heads also attract adult dragonflies looking for resting spots.

Sedges and Grasses: Ornamental grasses like fountain grass (Pennisetum spp.) and native sedges (Carex spp.) provide structure and cover around water features, attracting dragonflies seeking shelter and perching sites.

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris): This native perennial produces cheerful yellow flowers in early spring, attracting early-season dragonflies with its abundant nectar supply.

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