Flowers for a Butterfly Garden

By: Julie Day
Pinkish red rose of Sharon flowers.

Rose of Sharon is heat-tolerant, and the flowers add character to a butterfly garden.

Butterfly Garden Tip #2: As a bonus, many butterfly-attracting plants are low-maintenance, hardy, and quite possibly native to your area, which means that your butterfly garden may be the easiest patch of flowers you’ll ever grow.

Perennial Nectar Flowers for a Butterfly Garden

Ageratum (Ageratum) Hollyhock (Althea rosa)
Aster (Aster sp.) Ironweed (Vernonia sp.)
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.) Lantana (Lantana sp.)
Boltonia (Boltonia asteroids) Leadplant (Amorpha fruticosa)
Bugle (Ajuga reptans) Lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Milkweed (Asclepias sp.)
Catmint (Nepeta sp.) Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum sp.)
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) Passion Flower (Passiflora sp.)
Coneflower (Echinacea sp.) Phlox (Phlox paniculata & carolina)
Coreopsis (Coreopsis sp.) Salvia, Sage (Salvia sp.)
Daylily (Hemerocallis sp.) Sedum (Sedum sp.)
English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum max.)
False Indigo (Baptisia australis) Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Gayfeather, Blazing Star (Liatris sp.) Thistles (Cirsium sp.)
Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens Verbena (Verbena sp.)
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.)) Yarrow (Achillea sp.)

Printable Butterfly Garden Plant List

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  • Sal Luna Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Hello,

    I am buying a home in the desert mear Palm Springs California. I like the butterfly plants but are those types of plants the best type of plants. Let me know what types are the best in Desert area.


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