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Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Gardening is one of the most enjoyable natural pastimes. A few plants to attract nature’s beauties are all that’s required.  See our plant list below to find out what plants attract which butterflies.

The best spot to plant a butterfly garden is in an area that is sunny most of the day. If you only have shade, don’t despair, there are plants listed below to attract butterflies. In addition to the adult nectar sources, don’t neglect to plant caterpillar host plants. The caterpillar host plants will be eaten if you’re successful in attracting the butterflies to lay their eggs. 

We carry plants in our nursery for DIY butterfly garden projects.


Plants and Butterflies attracted...

butterfly plant list
  • Dyschoriste oblongifolia/Twinflower* sBuckeye

  • Ruellia caroliniensis/Wild Petunia* s-shBuckeye

  • Asimina parviflora and A. triloba/Pawpaw* s-sh

  • Zebra Swallowtail

  • Anethum graveolens/Dill s

  • Black Swallowtail

  • Daucus/Carrot or Queen Ann’s Lace s

  • Black Swallowtail

  • Foeniculum vulgare/Fennel s

  • Black Swallowtail

  • Petroselinum/Curly Parsley s

  • Black Swallowtail

  • Aristolochia elegans, A. gigantea/Pipevine s

  • Black & Pipevine Swallowtail

  • Asclepias tuberosa, A. incarnata/Milkweed s

  • Queen & Monarch

  • Brassica/Cabbage or Mustard sCabbage White

  • Canna flacida/Canna* sCanna Skipper

  • Impatiens shvarious

  • Amorpha fruticosa/False Indigo* s-sh

  • Silver Spotted Skipper

  • Senna chapmanii/Cassia* s

  • Orange Barred Sulphur

  • Quercus/Oaks* s

  • Dusky Wing Skipper & White M Hairstreak

  • Sassafras albidum* s

  • Spicebush Swallowtail

  • Lindera benzoin/Spicebush* s-sh

  • Spicebush Swallowtail

  • Liriodendron tulipifera/Tulip Tree* sTiger Swallowtail

  • Magnolia virginiana/Sweetbay Magnolia* s-shTiger Swallowtail

  • Salvia ssp/Sages* s-shvarious

  • Cephalanthus occidentalis/Buttonbush* s

  • Checkered Skipper

  • Althea rosea/Hollyhocks s

  • Checkered Skipper

  • Hamelia patens/Firebush* svarious

  • Callirhoe papaver/Poppy Mallow* s-sh

  • Checkered Skipper

  • Cercis Canadensis/Redbud* sZebra Longwing

  • Passiflora incarnata/Passionflower Vine* s-sh

  • Zebra Longwing & Gulf Fritillary

  • Passiflora suberosa/Corky-stemmed* sGulf Fritillary

  • Odontonema/Firespike shvarious

  • Plumbago auriculata/Leadwort s-shCassius Blue

  • Phoradendron serotinum/Mistletoe s-sh

  • Great Purple Hairstreak

  • Tripsacum dactyloides/Eastern Gamagrass* s-shClouded Skipper

  • Buddleia/Butterfly Bush svarious

  • Prunus serotina/Wild Cherry*

  • Red Spotted Purple & Tiger Swallowtail

  • Citrus/Orange and other fruit s

  • Giant Swallowtail

  • Zanthoxylum clava herculis/Hercules Club* s-sh

  • Giant Swallowtail

  • Ptelea trifoliata/Wafer Ash or Hoptree* s-sh

  • Giant Swallowtail

  • Tropaeolaceae/Nasturtium s

  • Great Southern White

  • Celtis laevigata/Hackberry* s

  • Hackberry, Question Mark, Stout & Tawny Emperor

  • Asters* sPearl Crescent

  • Pentas svarious

  • Stachytarpheta/Porterweed svarious

  • Lantana depressa* svarious

  • Vaccinium ssp/Blueberry* s-shvarious

  • Vernonia/Ironweed* s

  • Butterflies Attracted

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