How to Grow a Butterfly Garden

Butterflies can be naturally attracted to your garden through careful planning of the flowers that you plant. Certain cultivars will attract specific species of butterflies from distances very far away, bringing new wildlife into your garden’s ecosystem. Different regions of the world have different species of butterflies.

When planting a butterfly a butterfly garden it is important to figure out which varieties of these spectacular insects are native to your area. With that bit of info than you can go on to figure which plants will attract them. It is equally important to figure out which of these plants will thrive in your planting zone.  There is a list below to help you with that process.


Grow Caterpillar Food!


The first step to an abundance of local butterflies in your garden is growing plants that are commonly fed on by caterpillars prior to metamorphosis. Caterpillars each have a preference for specific foods, here is a list of what you can plant to attract any given species in your locality:

Benefits of Butterflies


Butterflies are a beautiful insect that are almost hypnotizing to watch float around the garden. They can bring a calming and relaxing feeling while watching them, but there beauty and colors aren’t the only reason why these amazing insects are beneficial. They can play a very important role not only in your garden bit also the earth’s environment. Butterflies are pollinators, which is crucial as almost half of the food consumed by humans depend on native pollinators.


Anise Swallowtail – Anise, Parsley, Carrot, Dill, Fennel, Rue

Eastern Black Swallowtail – Parsley, Carrot, Dill, Fennel, Rue

Giant Swallowtail – Citrus, Hop Tree, Prickly Ash, Rue

Pipevine Swallowtail – Dutchman’s pipe, Pipe Vine, Virginia Snake Root

Spicebush Swallowtail – Spicebush, Sassafras, Camphor tree, Bays

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – Many Broadleaf trees and shrubs, Lilac, Willow, Birch, Tulip Tree, Cherry

Zebra Swallowtail – Pawpaw

Monarch – Milkweed (Asclepius)

Viceroy – Willow, Poplar, Aspen, Apple, Cherry, Plum

Red-Spotted Purple – Apple, Aspen, Cherry, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Poplar, Willow

Great Spangled Fritillary – Violets

Variegated Fritillary –Violets, Pansies, Stonecrops, Passion Flowers, Plantains

Meadow Fritillary – Violets (Viola Sororia, Viola Pallens)

Mourning Cloak elm – Poplar, Willow

Question Mark – Elm, Hackberry, Hop, Nettle, False Nettle (Boehmeria Cylindrica)

Green Comma – Rhododendron, Azalea, Birch, Willow

Red Admiral – Nettle, False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica), Hop

Painted Lady – Malva sylvestris, Tree mallow (Lavatera), Thistles, Goosefoots

American Painted Lady – Daisies, Everlastings, Other Composites, Hollyhock (Alcea Rosea)

Buckeye – Plantain, Snapdragon, Stonecrop, Verbena, (Verbena Bonariensis)

Baltimore Checkerspot – Turtlehead, False Foxglove, Plantain, White Ash

Pearly Crescentspot – Asters, New England Aster

Great Purple Hairstreak – Mistletoes

Gray Hairstreak – Cotton, Mallows, Strawberry, Legumes, Mints

American Copper – Sheep Sorrel, Mountain Sorrel

Tailed Blue – Clovers, Beans, Peas

Spring Azure – Blueberry, California Lilac, Dogwoods, Meadowsweet

Dogface – False Indigo, Clovers, Lupine, Leadplant

Checkered White – Crucifers, Cleome

Cabbage White – Cabbage, Mustards, Nasturtium

Gulf Fritillary – Passion Flowers (Passiflora caerulea)

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