Butterfly Garden Plants

If you want to butterfly garden then you need to know what plants attract butterflies.  So here is a list of some of the plants that can be used to attract butterflies.



    Bee balm

    Bush cinquefolia    

    Butterfly bush

    Butterfly plant







    Ornamental thistles



    Sweet pea



Spring Blooming Plants:
Hinckley Columbine (Aquilegia hinckleyana)
Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana)
Larkspur (Delphinium sp.)
Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis)
Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis)
Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala)
Texas Betony (Stachys coccinea)    
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Wildflowers: Indian Blanket, Coreopsis, Thistle, Purple Horsemint, Paintbrush, etc.
Angel’s Trumpet (Datura sp.)
Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)


Summer Blooming Plants:

Indigo Spires (Salvia sp.)
Summer Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)                
Lantana (Lantana sp.)
Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)    
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias curassavica)
Black-eyed Susan ‘Goldstrum’ (Rudbeckia hirta)
Zinnia Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.)
Pride of Barbados (Poinciana pulcherima)


Fall Blooming Plants:
Maximillian Sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) 
Gayfeather (Liatris)
Mistflower (Eupatorium sp.)
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
Purple Aster (Aster oblongifolius)    
Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes lucida)
Rosemary (upright or trailing)
Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)


Larval Food Plants:

Plants that provide food for caterpillars
Fennel, Parsley, Dill, Rue (Eastern Black swallowtail)
Passionvine (Gulf Fritillary)   
Hop Tree, Toothache Tree, Rue (Giant Swallowtail)
Pipevine (Pipevine Swallowtail)
Flame Acanthus (Janais Patch)
Butterflyweed/Milkweed Family (Monarch, Queen)
Native Grasses: Sideoats Gramma, Little and Big Bluestem Honeysuckle (Clearwing)   
Hackberry (Snout Butterfly, Hackberry Butterfly)
Oak (Hairstreaks and others)
Willows, Ashes, Cherry (Tiger Swallowtail)
Nettles (Red Admiral)
Senna, Clover, and other legumes (Sleepy Orange)
Mallows (White Checkered Skipper)
Muhly Grass, Indian Grass, Inland Sea Oats Sunflower, Ragweed, Cowpen Daisy (Bordered Patch)

In addition to planting some or all of these plants, consider a butterfly feeder and a butterfly house.

Good luck in attracting hundreds of butterflies.