Butterfly Garden
  • Great Nectar source for me and my colorful friends.
  • Color throughout the spring and summer.
  • Easy to grow, low maintenance plants.
  • Butterfly Garden -
    Butterfly Garden

    Soil Requirements
    Average
    Sun/Shade Requirements
    Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
    Sun

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    Cactus, Agave and Yucca

    Medium Perennials

    Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle) Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle)

    Ornamental Grasses

    Low Grasses

    Deschampsia cespitosa (Pixie Fountain Tufted Hair Grass) Deschampsia cespitosa (Pixie Fountain Tufted Hair Grass)

    Medium to Tall Grasses

    Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)
    Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)
    Bouteloua gracilis (Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass) Bouteloua gracilis (Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass)
    Panicum virgatum (switchgrass)
    Schizachyrium scoparium (Standing Ovation Little Bluestem) Schizachyrium scoparium (Standing Ovation Little Bluestem)
    Sporobolus heterolepis (Dwarf Prairie Dropseed) Sporobolus heterolepis (Dwarf Prairie Dropseed)
    Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Lovegrass) Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Lovegrass)
    Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed) Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)
    Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhlygrass) Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhlygrass)
    Panicum virgatum (Cape Breeze Switchgrass) Panicum virgatum (Cape Breeze Switchgrass)

    Perennials

    Low Perennials

    Phlox subulata (Moss Phlox) Phlox subulata (Moss Phlox)
    Bouteloua curtipendula (Side Oats Grama) Bouteloua curtipendula (Side Oats Grama)
    Oenothera speciosa (Mexican Evening Primrose) Oenothera speciosa (Mexican Evening Primrose)
    Aster divaricatus (Woodland Aster) Aster divaricatus (Woodland Aster)
    Coreopsis pubescens (Star Tickseed) Coreopsis pubescens (Star Tickseed)
    Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox) Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox)
    Phlox pilosa (Lavender Cloud Prairie Phlox) Phlox pilosa (Lavender Cloud Prairie Phlox)
    Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine) Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine)
    Ratibida columnifera (Mexican Hat Plant) Ratibida columnifera (Mexican Hat Plant)
    Aster ericoides (Heath aster) Aster ericoides (Heath aster)
    Callirhoe involucrata (Wine Cups) Callirhoe involucrata (Wine Cups)
    Silene caroliniana (Wild Pinks or Catchfly) Silene caroliniana (Wild Pinks or Catchfly)
    Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower) Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower)
    Waldsteinia fragarioides (Barren Strawberry) Waldsteinia fragarioides (Barren Strawberry)
    Phlox subulata (Emerald Blue Moss Phlox) Phlox subulata (Emerald Blue Moss Phlox)
    Chrysogonum virginianum (Superstar Green and Gold) Chrysogonum virginianum (Superstar Green and Gold)
    Salvia lyrata (Lyre-leaved Sage) Salvia lyrata (Lyre-leaved Sage)
    Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-eyed Grass) Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-eyed Grass)

    Medium Perennials

    Physostegia virginiana (obedient plant) Physostegia virginiana (obedient plant)
    Echinacea purpurea (Purple coneflower) Echinacea purpurea (Purple coneflower)
    Geranium maculatum (Wild Spotted Geranium) Geranium maculatum (Wild Spotted Geranium)
    Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
    Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster) Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster)
    Aster azureus (Sky Blue Aster) Aster azureus (Sky Blue Aster)
    Monarda punctata (Spotted beebalm)
    Asclepias tuberosa (Gay Butterflies butterfly weed)
    Geranium maculatum (Cranesbill) Geranium maculatum (Cranesbill)
    Monarda didyma (Bee balm) Monarda didyma (Bee balm)
    Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine) Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine)
    Boltonia asteroides (White Doll's Daisy) Boltonia asteroides (White Doll's Daisy)
    Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox) Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)
    Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
    Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover) Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)
    Echinacea purpurea (Eastern Purple Coneflower) Echinacea purpurea (Eastern Purple Coneflower)
    Heuchera americana (Green Spice Coral Bells) Heuchera americana (Green Spice Coral Bells)
    Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan) Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)
    Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion) Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion)
    Echinacea pallida (Pale Coneflower) Echinacea pallida (Pale Coneflower)
    Gaillardia aristata (Blanketflower) Gaillardia aristata (Blanketflower)
    Eupatorium coelestinum (Mist Flower/Hardy Ageratum) Eupatorium coelestinum (Mist Flower/Hardy Ageratum)
    Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox) Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)
    Yucca filamentosa (Excalibur Adam's Needle) Yucca filamentosa (Excalibur Adam's Needle)
    Chelone obliqua (Turtlehead) Chelone obliqua (Turtlehead)
    Phlox maculata (Flower Power Summer Phlox) Phlox maculata (Flower Power Summer Phlox)
    Coreopsis verticillata (Tickseed) Coreopsis verticillata (Tickseed)
    Phlox maculata (Natasha Summer Phlox) Phlox maculata (Natasha Summer Phlox)
    Coreopsis verticillata (Whorled tickseed) Coreopsis verticillata (Whorled tickseed)
    Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
    Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master) Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)
    Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing Star) Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing Star)
    Aster novae-angliae (Vibrant Dome New England Aster) Aster novae-angliae (Vibrant Dome New England Aster)
    Ratibida pinnata (Prairie Coneflower) Ratibida pinnata (Prairie Coneflower)
    Verbena stricta (Hoary Verbena) Verbena stricta (Hoary Verbena)
    Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf Tickseed) Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf Tickseed)
    Solidago rugosa (Goldenrod) Solidago rugosa (Goldenrod)
    Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae (New England Blazing Star) Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae (New England Blazing Star)

    Medium to Tall Grasses

    Physostegia virginiana (Pink Manners Obedient Plant) Physostegia virginiana (Pink Manners Obedient Plant)

    Medium to Tall Perennials

    Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain or Swamp Verbena) Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain or Swamp Verbena)
    Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root) Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)
    Lupinus perennis (Sundial Wild Lupine) Lupinus perennis (Sundial Wild Lupine)
    Boltonia asteroides (False aster or white doll's daisy)
    Phlox paniculata (Summer Phlox) Phlox paniculata (Summer Phlox)
    Echinacea purpurea (Purple coneflower) Echinacea purpurea (Purple coneflower)
    Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant) Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)
    Aster ericoides (White Heath Aster) Aster ericoides (White Heath Aster)
    Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem) Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem)
    Liatris spicata (Gayfeather or Blazing Star) Liatris spicata (Gayfeather or Blazing Star)
    Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower) Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower)
    Eupatorium dubium (Dwarf Joe Pye Weed) Eupatorium dubium (Dwarf Joe Pye Weed)
    Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star) Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star)
    Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)
    Aster laevis (Smooth Aster) Aster laevis (Smooth Aster)
    Asclepias incarnata (Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed) Asclepias incarnata (Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed)
    Baptisia australis (Wild Indigo) Baptisia australis (Wild Indigo)
    Silphium laciniatum (Compass Plant) Silphium laciniatum (Compass Plant)
    Phlox paniculata (Jeana Garden Phlox) Phlox paniculata (Jeana Garden Phlox)
    Aster oblongifolius (Aromatic aster) Aster oblongifolius (Aromatic aster)
    Coreopsis verticillata (Golden Showers Threadleaf Coreopsis) Coreopsis verticillata (Golden Showers Threadleaf Coreopsis)
    Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard) Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard)
    Heliopsis helianthoides (Smooth oxeye) Heliopsis helianthoides (Smooth oxeye)
    Rudbeckia triloba (Prairie Glow Brown-Eyed Susan) Rudbeckia triloba (Prairie Glow Brown-Eyed Susan)
    Phlox paniculata (Garden phlox) Phlox paniculata (Garden phlox)
    Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot) Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)
    Phlox paniculata (Garden phlox) Phlox paniculata (Garden phlox)
    Phlox paniculata (Garden phlox) Phlox paniculata (Garden phlox)
    Rudbeckia triloba (Three-lobed Coneflower) Rudbeckia triloba (Three-lobed Coneflower)
    Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-eyed Susan) Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-eyed Susan)
    Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root) Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root)
    Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower) Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower)

    Medium to Tall Shrubs

    Cassia hebecarpa (Wild Senna) Cassia hebecarpa (Wild Senna)

    Vines

    Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle) Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle)
    Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper) Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper)

    Trees and Shrubs

    Conifers

    Juniperus virginiana (Silver Eastern Redcedar) Juniperus virginiana (Silver Eastern Redcedar)

    Deciduous Trees

    Amelanchier canadensis (Shadblow) Amelanchier canadensis (Shadblow)
    Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
    Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum) Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum)
    Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak) Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak)
    Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac) Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac)
    Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood) Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood)
    Acer rubrum (Red Maple) Acer rubrum (Red Maple)
    Sassafras albidum (Sassafras) Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)
    Cornus racemosa (Gray Dogwood) Cornus racemosa (Gray Dogwood)
    Chionanthus virginicus (Grancy Graybeard) Chionanthus virginicus (Grancy Graybeard)
    Betula nigra (River Birch) Betula nigra (River Birch)

    Medium to Tall Perennials

    Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood) Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood)

    Medium to Tall Shrubs

    Symphoricarpos albus (Common snowberry) Symphoricarpos albus (Common snowberry)
    Clethra alnifolia (Ruby Spice Summer Sweet) Clethra alnifolia (Ruby Spice Summer Sweet)
    Clethra alnifolia (Hummingbird Summer Sweet) Clethra alnifolia (Hummingbird Summer Sweet)
    Cornus sericea (syn. Cornus stolonifera)
    Viburnum acerifolium (Mapleleaf Viburnum) Viburnum acerifolium (Mapleleaf Viburnum)
    Ilex verticillata (Red Sprite Winterberry) Ilex verticillata (Red Sprite Winterberry)
    Physocarpus opulifolius (Atlantic Ninebark) Physocarpus opulifolius (Atlantic Ninebark)
    Amorpha fruticosa (False Indigo Bush) Amorpha fruticosa (False Indigo Bush)
    Rhus copallinum (Shining Sumac) Rhus copallinum (Shining Sumac)
    Rhus glabra (Smooth Sumac) Rhus glabra (Smooth Sumac)
    Spiraea alba var. latifolia (Meadowsweet) Spiraea alba var. latifolia (Meadowsweet)
    Viburnum cassinoides (Witherod Viburnum) Viburnum cassinoides (Witherod Viburnum)
    Rhododendron arborescens (Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea) Rhododendron arborescens (Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea)
    Rhododendron atlanticum (Coastal Azalea, Dwarf Azalea) Rhododendron atlanticum (Coastal Azalea, Dwarf Azalea)
    Viburnum dentatum (Arrowwood) Viburnum dentatum (Arrowwood)
    Rhododendron calendulaceum (Flame Azalea) Rhododendron calendulaceum (Flame Azalea)
    Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw Viburnum) Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw Viburnum)
    Rhus aromatica (Fragrant Sumac) Rhus aromatica (Fragrant Sumac)
    Rhododendron canescens (Piedmont Azalea, Florida Pinxter Azalea) Rhododendron canescens (Piedmont Azalea, Florida Pinxter Azalea)
    Viburnum trilobum (American Cranberry Viburnum) Viburnum trilobum (American Cranberry Viburnum)
    Rhododendron carolinianum (Carolina Rhododendron) Rhododendron carolinianum (Carolina Rhododendron)
    Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire) Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire)
    Rhododendron catawbiense (Catawba Rhododendron)
    Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) Lindera benzoin (Spicebush)
    Salix discolor (Pussy Willow) Salix discolor (Pussy Willow)
    Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry) Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry)
    Rubus odoratus (Flowering Raspberry) Rubus odoratus (Flowering Raspberry)
    Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry) Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry)
    Spiraea tomentosa (Steeplebush) Spiraea tomentosa (Steeplebush)
    Diervilla lonicera (Copper Low Bush Honeysuckle) Diervilla lonicera (Copper Low Bush Honeysuckle)
    Cephalanthus occidentalis (Button Bush) Cephalanthus occidentalis (Button Bush)
    Clethra alnifolia (Summer Sweet Bush) Clethra alnifolia (Summer Sweet Bush)
    Cornus sericea (Red-Osier Dogwood) Cornus sericea (Red-Osier Dogwood)
    Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea) Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)
    Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet honeysuckle) Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet honeysuckle)
    Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry) Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry)

    Small Shrubs

    Rhus aromatica (Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac) Rhus aromatica (Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac)
    Potentilla tridentata (Three-toothed Cinquefoil) Potentilla tridentata (Three-toothed Cinquefoil)
    Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry) Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)
    Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Common Bearberry) Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Common Bearberry)
    Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil) Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil)
    Diervilla lonicera (Low Bush Honeysuckle) Diervilla lonicera (Low Bush Honeysuckle)
    Hypericum kalmianum (St. John's Wort) Hypericum kalmianum (St. John's Wort)
    Potentilla fruticosa (Setting Sun Shrubby Cinquefoil) Potentilla fruticosa (Setting Sun Shrubby Cinquefoil)
    Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry) Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)

    Vines

    Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe) Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe)
    Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle) Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle)