Butterfly Garden
  • Great Nectar source for me and my colorful friends.
  • Color throughout the spring and summer.
  • Easy to grow, low maintenance plants.
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    Butterfly Garden
    Soil Requirements
    Average
    Sun/Shade Requirements
    Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
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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

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

    Perennials

    Low Perennials

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

    Medium Perennials

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

    Medium to Tall Grasses

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

    Medium to Tall Perennials

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

    Medium to Tall Shrubs

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

    Vines

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

    Trees and Shrubs

    Conifers

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

    Deciduous Trees

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

    Medium to Tall Perennials

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

    Medium to Tall Shrubs

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

    Small Shrubs

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

    Vines

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