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So I have a Salvia Divinorum (legal in New Zealand), and every summer, the butterflies (white cabbage butterflies, green caterpillars) come... and lay eggs on her, and they destroy her. I've had this problem for 2-3 years now, and I solve it by popping the caterpillars individually. Unfortunately I will not be able to do this this year, so I have literally two days to plant something next to her to get rid of caterpillars. There's 2 approaches: 1) Decoy plants. These are plants that attract the butterflies even more than the Salvia would, and they get eaten instead. http://sustainablelivingwise.com/natural-insect-repellent-caterpillars/ 2) Scarecrow plants These would be plants that by smell, or sight - ward of butterflies from landing near them. I'm unsure if these even exist. I planted 2x Kawakawa plants next to her, for shade reasons, but I'm also hoping that they somehow deter butterflies, somehow. I think I heard catnip can do this. edit: found this http://www.planitdiy.com/inspiration/in-lawn-garden/organic-gardening-repel-bugs-naturally-with-garden-herbs/ Sage, and mint both seem to repel cabbage butterflies. I will have to buy some. stat. halp halp.