Butterfly Garden Plants

List of plants and flowers that attract butterflies

cone flowers

This list of Butterfly garden plants will help you to choose plants and flowers that attract butterflies to your garden. Butterflies live on nectar from plants. A good variety of plants and flowers with different bloom times are best. Most people know (or guess) that common plants such as "Butterfly Bush", and "Butterfly Weed" are good choices, but did you know there is a very extensive list of other butterfly garden plants and flowers? Scroll down to see the list of plants and the Butterflies that they attract.

The butterfly counts not months,

but moments,

                                   and has time enough.

- Rabindranath Tagore

Do you Know Which Plants Your Butterflies Like?

Swallowtail Eastern Tiger Blue Cardinal Flower, Blood-flower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Weed, Garlic Chives, Common Milkweed, Daisy Flea-bane, Dames Rocket, Dog-bane, Globe

Swallowtail Heliotrope, Joe-Pye Weed, Lantana, Late-flowering Boneset, Liatris, Marigold, Mist Flower, New England Aster, New York Ironweed, Oregano, Oriental Lilies, Petunia, Phlox, Privet, Purple Coneflower, Sweet Pepperbush, Tickseed Sunflower, Tithonia, Verbena, Wild Bergamot , Wingstem,. Zinnia

Spicebush Butterfly Bush, Delphinium, Cosmos, Lantana, Oriental Lilies, Phlox, Privet, Wild Bergamot

Pipevine Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush

Black Bloodflower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Common Milkweed. Joe-Pye Weed, Late-flowering Boneset, Oregano, Privet, Purple Coneflower, Wild Bergamot, Zinnia

More Butterfly Garden Plants

Cabbage White Arugula, Bloodflower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Weed, Collards, Catnip, Common Dandelion, Creeping Wood Sorrel, Common Sage, Daisy Fleabane, Dame's Rocket, Day Lily, Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Ground Ivy, Heath Aster, Lantana, Late-flowering Boneset, Lavender, Liatris, Marigold, Mint, Mist Flower, Mustard Greens, New England Aster, Oregano, Radishes, Red Clover, Salvia "Blue Bedder," Sedum (Autumn Joy), Small White Aster, Sweet Pepperbush, Thyme, Tickseed Sunflower, Tithonia, Valerian, White Clover, Winter Cress, Zinnia

Clouded Sulphur Brazilian Verbena, Common Dandelion, Ground Ivy, Heath Aster, Marigold, Mist Flower, New England Aster, Privet, Purple Coneflower, Showy Coneflower, Tithonia,

Orange Sulphur Black-Eyed Susan, Bloodflower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Weed, Common Dandelion, Cosmos, Dame's Rocket, Globe Amaranth, Ground Ivy, Heath Aster, Joe-Pye Weed, Late-flowering Boneset, Marigold, New England Aster, New York Ironweed, Oregano, Purple Coneflower, Red Clover, Salvia "Blue Bedder," Showy Coneflower, Smooth Aster, Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower), White Clover, Zinnia

Sleepy Orange Abelia, Butterfly Weed, Cosmos, Marigold, Zinnia

Eastern Tailed Blue Creeping Wood Sorrel, Dogbane, Garlic Chives, Ground Ivy, Heath Aster, Mist Flower, Oregano, Showy Coneflower, White Clover, Late-flowering Boneset

Spring and Summer Azure American Holly, Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Bush,

Common Milkweed, Dogbane, Heliotrope, Late-flowering Boneset, Oregano, Mint, Privet, Radishes, Red Clover, Sedum (Autumn Joy), Sweet Pepperbush, White Clover,

Sleepy Orange Abelia, Butterfly Weed, Cosmos, Marigold, Zinnia

Eastern Tailed Blue Creeping Wood Sorrel, Dogbane, Garlic Chives, Ground Ivy, Heath Aster, Mist Flower, Oregano, Showy Coneflower, White Clover, Late-flowering Boneset

Spring and Summer Azure American Holly, Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Bush,

Common Milkweed, Dogbane, Heliotrope, Late-flowering Boneset, Oregano, Mint, Privet, Radishes, Red Clover, Sedum (Autumn Joy), Sweet Pepperbush, White Clover,

Gray Hairstreak Bloodflower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Weed, Catnip, Creeping Wood Sorrel, Garlic Chives, Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Heath Aster, Lantana, Late-flowering Boneset, Liatris, Mint, Oregano, Salvia, Sedum (Autumn Joy), Showy Coneflower, Small White Aster, Sweet Pepperbush, Tansy, Tickseed Sunflower, Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower), White Clover,

Red-Banded Hairstreak Boneset, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Garlic Chives, Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Heath Aster, Joe-Pye Weed, Late-flowering Boneset, Sedum (Autumn Joy), Showy Coneflower, Small White Aster, Swamp Milkweed, Tall Goldenrod, White Clover,

Banded Hairstreak Butterfly Bush, Common Milkweed, Dogbane, Purple Coneflower

White M Hairstreak Garlic Chives, Heath Aster, Late-flowering Boneset, Red Clover, Small White Aster.

American Snout Late-flowering Boneset

More Popular Butterfly Garden Plants!

Plant a variety of butterfly garden plants, and enjoy the butterflies!
Variegated Fritillary Black-Eyed Susan, Bloodflower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Globe Amaranth, Marigold, Mist Flower, New England Aster, Oregano, Red Clover, Zinnia Great

Spangled Fritillary Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Weed, Garlic Chives, Common Milkweed, Dogbane, Late-flowering Boneset, Marigold, Purple Coneflower, Swamp Milkweed,

Pearl Crescent Black-Eyed Susan, Bloodflower, Butterfly Weed, Common Dandelion, Daisy Fleabane, Globe Amaranth, Garlic Chives, Heath Aster, Late-flowering Boneset, Marigold, Mist Flower, New England Aster, Sedum (Autumn Joy), Showy Coneflower, Small White Aster, Stiff Goldenrod, Tickseed Sunflower, White Clover, Zinnia

Monarch Blue Cardinal Flower, Bloodflower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Weed, Common Milkweed, Globe Amaranth, Heath Aster, Heliotrope, Joe-Pye Weed, Lantana, Late-flowering Boneset, Marigold, Mist Flower, Mustard Greens, New England Aster, New York Ironweed, Oriental Lilies, Showy Coneflower, Smooth Aster, Swamp Milkweed, Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower), Wingstem, Zinnia

Red-Spotted Admiral Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Garlic Chives, Late-flowering Boneset, Mist Flower, Pink Turtlehead, Purple Coneflower,

Painted Lady Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Common Milkweed, Cosmos, Heliotrope, Late-flowering Boneset, Marigold, New England Aster, Purple Coneflower, Zinnia

Peck’s Skipper Brazilian Verbena,Butterfly Bush, Globe Amaranth, Heliotrope, Late-flowering Boneset, Marigold, Mint, Mist Flower, New England Aster, New York Ironweed, Oregano, Red Clover, Salvia "Blue Bedder," Showy Coneflower, Dwarf Aster, Swamp Milkweed,

The Coneflower is one of the favorite butterfly garden plants!

Zabulon Abelia, Blue Cardinal Flower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Common Milkweed, Common Sage, Delphinium,(one of my favorite Butterfly garden plants) Globe Amaranth, Heliotrope, Marigold, Mist Flower, Oregano, Oriental Lilies, Petunia, Phlox, Red Marigold, Salvia "Blue Bedder," Showy Coneflower, Verbena, Zinnia
When planting your butterfly garden plants,it might be best to plant in groups or clusters of the same kind, for a pleasing visual effect. You will see butterfly garden plants that are both Annual and Perenniel. The common Marigold, and Zinna (both Annuals) are popular butterfly flowers.

Wild plants such as Clover and Milkweed are normally considered weeds in the garden, but if you are attempting to attract certain Butterflies, why not plant some in the corner of the yard along with a few of the more colorful butterfly garden plants?

More Plants ..and the Butterflies who love them!

American Lady Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Common Milkweed, Daisy Fleabane, Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Late-flowering Boneset, Marigold, Mist Flower, Privet, Purple Coneflower, Salvia "Blue Bedder," Showy Coneflower, White Clover, Zinnia

Red Admiral Abelia, Butterfly Bush, Dogbane, Lantana, Marigold, Mist Flower, Privet,

Common Buckeye Globe Amaranth, Mist Flower, White Clover,

Question Mark Butterfly Bush, Heliotrope

Eastern Comma Garlic Chives, Dogbane, Privet

Silver-Spotted Skipper Abelia, Black-Eyed Susan, Blue Berry Bush, Blue Cardinal Flower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Catnip, Dame's Rocket , Garlic Chives, Common Milkweed, Common Sage, Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Heliotrope, Joe-Pye Weed, Lantana, Lavender, Mint, Mist Flower, Mountain Laurel, New York Ironweed, Oregano, Oriental Lilies, Phlox, Privet, Radishes, Red Clover, Salvia "Blue Bedder," Showy Coneflower, Smooth Aster, Swamp Milkweed, Verbena, Sweet Pepperbush, Late-flowering Boneset, White Clover, Wild Bergamot and Zinnia.

Wild Indigo Duskywing Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Ground Ivy, Heliotrope, Lantana, Late-Flowering Boneset, Marigold, Mist Flower, Oregano, Privet, Purple Coneflower, Showy Coneflower, White Clover

Juvenal's Duskywing Ground Ivy

Horace’s Duskywing Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Dame's Rocket, Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Late-flowering Boneset, Lavender, Marigold, Mist Flower, New England Aster, Purple Coneflower, Showy Coneflower,

Common Checkered Skipper Globe Amaranth, Heath Aster, Mist Flower, New England Aster, Showy Coneflower

Hayhurst’s Scallopwing Black-Eyed Susan, Brazilian Verbena, Catnip, Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Lantana, Lavender, Marigold, Marjoram, Mist Flower, Showy Coneflower, White Clover

Common Sootywing Globe Amaranth, Mist Flower,

Least Skipper Brazilian Verbena, Globe Amaranth, Mist Flower, Sachem Black-Eyed Susan, Blue Cardinal Flower, Bloodflower, Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly Bush, Garlic Chives, Common Milkweed, Common Sage, Cosmos, Daisy Fleabane, Dame's Rocket, Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Heath Aster, Heliotrope, Joe-Pye Weed, Lantana, Late-flowering Boneset, Liatris, Marigold, Mint, Mist Flower, New England Aster, New York Ironweed, Oregano, Phlox, Purple Coneflower, Red Clover, Salvia "Blue Bedder," Sedum (Autumn Joy), Shasta Daisy, Showy Coneflower, Smooth Aster, Stiff Goldenrod

Wondering where to purchase some of these great Butterfly garden plants?

Find the ever-popular

Butterfly Bush, Black Knight

and lots of others at huge discounts.

Along with nectar plants, you should also supply the butterflies with host plants to lay their eggs, and become a food source for emerging caterpillars.

This list of Butterfly Garden Plants courtesy of TheButterflysite.com where you will also find a list of Butterfly garden plants that are Host plants for the butterflies.

stokes butterfly book

Need help identifying the Butterflies? Check out this book! Stokes Butterfly Book: The Complete Guide to Butterfly Gardening, Identification, and Behavior by Donald Stokes, ISBN 0316817805

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