Flowers for a Butterfly Garden

By: Julie Day
Purple blazing star flower with green butterfly on it.

Blazing star is great for a butterfly garden, since it tolerates both heat and drought.

Butterfly Garden Tip #4: In addition to nectar-producing flowers for your butterfly garden, consider plants that caterpillars like to munch, such as fennel and milkweed.

Host Plants for Butterfly Larvae and Eggs

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) Milkweed (Asclepia sp.)
Clovers (Trifolium sp.) Nettles (Urtica sp.)
Carrot and Cabbages Oaks (Quercus sp.)
Dill (Anethum graveolens) Parsley (Petroselinum sp.)
Dogwoods (Cornus sp.) PawPaw (Asimina triloba)
Elms (Ulmus sp.) Senna (Cassia sp.)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Flowering Fruit Trees Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Hop Tree (Ptelea trifoliate) Willow (Salix 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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