Attracting Butterflies

Native Plants to Attract Butterflies

Native plants are essential if native butterflies are to survive and thrive. Native plants are better than non-native plants at providing vital nutrition and protection to sustain the native butterfly life cycle. In fact, without many of the plants listed, certain species of butterflies would cease to exist!

Native butterflies ad beauty to the home landscape and, along with native bees and other pollinators, are responsible for one third of the world's food supply.

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GRASSES

Plant NameNectar
Source
Host
Plant
Bloom TimeExposure
Appalachian Sedge
(Carex appalachica)
YesNoMarch-AprilPartial Shade
Bunny Blue™ Sedge ('Hobb')
(Carex laxiculmus 'Bunny Blue')
YesNoMarch-AprilFull to Partial Shade
Tussock Sedge
(Carex stricta)
YesNoMay-JuneFull Sun/Partial Shade
Little Blue Stem
(Schizachyrium 'Standing Ovation')
YesNoAugust-SeptemberFull Sun/Partial Sun
Little Blue Stem
(Schizachyrium 'The Blues')
YesNoAugust-SeptemberFull Sun/Partial Sun

PERENNIALS

Plant NameNectar SourceHost PlantBloom TimeExposure
Swamp Milkweed
(Asclepias incarnata)
YesYesJuly-AugustFull Sun/Partial Sun
Swamp Milkweed 'Ice Ballet'
(Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet')
YesYesJuly-AugustFull Sun/Partial Sun
Butterfly Milkweed
(Asclepias tuberosa)
YesYesJune-JulyFull Sun/Partial Sun
Woodland Aster
(Aster divaricata)
YesYesSeptember-OctoberFull Sun/Partial Shade
Smooth Aster
(Aster laevis 'Bluebird')
YesYesAugust-SeptemberFull Sun/Partial Shade
New England Aster
(Aster 'Alma Potchke')
YesYesAugust-SeptemberFull Sun/Partial Shade
Blue False Indigo
(Baptisia australis)
YesYesMayFull Sun/Partial Shade
Turtlehead
(Chelone)
YesYesAugust-SeptemberFull Sun/Partial Shade
Star Tickseed
(Coreopsis 'Sunshine Superman')
YesNoJune-JulyFull Sun
Threadleaf Tickseed
(Coreopsis verticillata)
YesNoJune-JulyFull Sun
Coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea)
YesYesJune-AugustFull Sun/Partial Sun
Happy Star Coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea 'Happy Star')
YesYesJuly-OctoberFull Sun/Partial Sun
Ruby Star Coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star')
YesYesJuly-OctoberFull Sun/Partial Sun
Prairie Splendor Coneflower
(Echinacea pur. 'Prairie Splendor')
YesYesJuly-OctoberFull Sun/Partial Sun
Joe Pye Weed
(Eupatorium coelestinum)
YesNoAugust-SeptemberFull Sun/Part Shade
Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
(Eupatorium 'Little Joe')
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Part Shade
Wild Geranium
(Geranium maculata)
YesNoApril-MayFull Sun/Part Shade
Cranesbill
(Geranium maculata 'Espresso')
YesNoMay-JuneFull Sun/Part Shade
Sneezeweed
(Helenium 'Tiny Dancer')
YesNoAugust-SeptemberFull Sun
Oxeye Daisy
(Heliopsis heli. 'Summer Nights')
YesNoJune-AugustFull Sun
Dwarf Crested Iris
(Iris cristata)
YesNoMay-JuneFull to Partial Shade
White Dwarf Crested Iris
(Iris cristata 'Alba')
YesNoMay-JuneFull to Partial Shade
Northern Blueflag
(Iris versicolor)
YesNoMay-JuneFull Sun/Full Shade
Cardinal Flower
(Lobelia cardinalis)
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Part Shade
Cardinal Flower
(Lobelia 'Fired Green Tomatoes')
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Part Shade
Great Blue Lobelia
(Lobelia siphilitica)
YesNoJune-JulyFull Sun/Part Shade
Sundial Wild Lupine
(Lupinus perennis)
YesNoMay-JulySun
Bee Balm 'Blue Stocking'
(Monarda 'Blue Stocking')
YesNoMay-JulyFull Sun/Partial Sun
Bee Balm 'Jacob Cline'
(Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline')
YesNoMay-JulyFull Sun/Partial Sun
Bee Balm 'Claire Grace'
(Monarda first. 'Claire Grace')
YesNoMay-JulyFull Sun/Partial Sun
Beardtongue 'Husker Red'
(Penstemon 'Husker Red')
YesNoMay-JulyFull Sun/Partial Sun
Woodland Phlox 'Blue Moon'
(Phlox div. 'Blue Moon')
YesNoApril-MayFull to Partial Shade
Woodland Phlox 'Parksville Beach'
(Phlox 'Parksville Beach')
YesNoApril-MayFull to Partial Shade
Garden Phlox 'Eva Cullum'
(Phlox pani. 'Eva Cullum')
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Part Shade
Garden Phlox 'Blue Paradise'
(Phlox pani. 'Blue Paradise')
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Part Shade
Garden Phlox 'Jeana'
(Phlox paniculata 'Jeana')
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Part Shade
Mountain Mint
(Pycnanthemum muticum)
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Part Shade
Black Eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia var. fulgida)
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Partial Sun
Three-lobed Coneflower
(Rudbeckia triloba)
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Partial Sun
Three-lobed Coneflower 'Prairie Glow'
Rudbeckia 'Prairie Glow'
YesNoJuly-SeptemberFull Sun/Partial Sun
Wild Pinks
(Silene c. 'Short and Sweet')
YesNoMay-JulyFull Sun/Partial Shade
Goldenrod
(Solidago 'Fireworks')
YesNoAugust-OctoberFull Sun
Ironweed 'Iron Butterfly'
(Vernonia 'Iron Butterfly')
YesNoAugust-SeptemberFull Sun
Bird's Foot Violet
(Viola pedata)
YesNoApril-JuneFull Sun/Part Sun
Labrador Violet
(Viola labradorica)
YesNoApril-JunePart Sun to Part Shade
Prostrate Blue Violets
(Viola walteri  'Silver Gems')
YesNoApril-SeptemberFull to Partial Shade

SHRUBS

Plant NameNectar SourceHost PlantBloom TimeExposure
Pinxterbloom Azalaea
(Azalaea periclymenoides)
YesYesApril-MayFull Sun/Partial Sun
Pink-Shell Azalaea
(Azalaea vaseyi)
YesYesAprilFull Sun/Partial Sun
Swamp Azalaea
(Azalaea viscosum)
YesYesJune-JulyFull Sun/Partial Sun
Button Bush
(Cephlanthus occidentalis)
YesNoJuneFull Sun/Partial Shade
Pagoda Dogwood
(Cornus alternifolia)
YesYesApril-JuneFull Shade/Partial Shade
Red-Osier Dogwood
(Cornus ser. 'Cardinal')
YesYesJune-AugustFull Sun/Partial Shade
Spicebush
(Lindera benzoin)
YesYesMarch-AprilFull sun/Partial Shade
Swamp Rose
(Rosa palustris)
YesNoMay-JulyFull Sun
Pasture Rose
(Rosa virginiana)
YesNoMay-JulyFull Sun
Pussy Willow
(Salix discolor)
YesNoMarch-AprilFull Sun/Partial Shade
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blue Jay'YesNoMayFull Sun
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Northland'YesNoMayFull Sun
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Rubel'YesNoMay-JuneFull Sun

TREES

Plant NameNectar SourceHost PlantBloom TimeExposure
Serviceberry
(Amelanchier canadensis)
YesYesMarch-MayFull Sun/Partial Sun
River Birch
(Betula nigra)
NoYesMarch-AprilSun
Bunchberry
(Cornus canadensis)
YesYesMay-JunePartial Shade
Flowering Dogwood
(Cornus florida 'Cloud 9')
YesYesApril-MayFull Sun/Partial Shade
White Pine
(Pinus strobus)
NoYesSun
Swamp White Oak
(Quercus bicolor)
YesYesMayFull Sun
Sassafras
(Sassafras albidum)
YesYesApril-MayFull Sun/Part Shade

VINES

Plant NameNectar SourceHost PlantBloom TimeExposure
Dutchman's Pipe
(Aristolochia)
NoYesMay-JuneFull Sun/Part Shade
Honeysuckle
(Lonicera 'Major Wheeler')
YesNoMay-JuneSun
Wisteria frutescensYesYesMaySun

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