Plants That Attract Dragonflies


“If you want dragonflies gallivanting through your garden, get rid of any electric bug zappers, which kill dragonflies as easily as flies and mosquitoes. Over time, the dragonflies will do a great job of keeping the insect population in check without any help. After all, more than 90 percent of their diet consists of people-pestering mosquitoes.” ~ HGTV

“One of the first things to realize about gardening for dragonflies is that you’ll also get damselflies, another beneficial aerial predator. Dragonflies and damselflies are closely related members of the insect order Odonata and, at first glance, may look alike. But, it’s pretty easy to tell the difference between them.” ~ MNN

Borage (Borago officinalis)
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Coneflowers (Echinacea)
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepius incarnata)
Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)
Meadow Sage (Salvia marcus)
White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
Wild Celery (Vallisneria Americana)
Water Horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)
Cattail (Typha latifolia)
Water Lily
Pickerel Rush (Pontederia cordata)

Focus on Water
No matter how big or small your water source is, be sure it has shallow edges and a center that is at least 60 cm (2 ft) deep. ~ Miracle Gro

Add Water Plants
Choose submerged plants, such as eelgrass, fanwort, baby pondweed and sago pondweed. You can also add floating plants, such as hardy and tropical water lilies and lotus flowers, to help reduce algae in your pond.

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Miracle Gro

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