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Plants That Attract Butterflies

Listed below are some of the plants butterflies are known to visit. When planning a butterfly garden remember that the larvae need to eat too. Plants with (A) are for adults. Plants with (L) are for Larvae. Some are for both!

TREES

Butterfly
Acer Maple (A)
Aesculus Horsechestnut (L,A)
Apple (A)
Betula Birch (L)
Citrus (L,A)
Cornus Dogwood (L)
Crataegus Hawthorn (L)
Malus Crabapple (L)
Pinus Pine (L)
Platanus Sycamore (L)
Populus Poplar (L)
Quercus Oak (L)
Salix Willow (L,A)
Vitex Chaste Tree (A)

VINES

Clematis paniculata (A)
Lonicera Honeysuckle (A)
Passiflora Passion Vine (L)
Sweet Pea (A)
Wisteria (L)

SHRUBS

Abelia (A)
Abutilon Flowering Maple (A)
Buddleia Butterfly Bush (A)
Calluna Scotch Heather (A)
Ceanothus Cal. Lilac (L,A)
Choisya Mexican Orange (A)
Escallonia (A)
Hebe (A)
Heteromeles Toyon (A)
Hibiscus (A)
Lantana (A)
Lavatera Mallow (L)
Manzanita (A)
Mahonia Oregon Grape (A)
Plumbago (L)
Philadelphus (A)
Rhamnus Buckthorn (L)
Rhus Sumac (A)
Rhododendron (A)
Rosemary (A)
Ribes Currant (L,A)
Sambucus Elderberry (A)
Spiraea (L,A)
Syringa Lilac (A)
Viburnum (L)

PERENNIALS

Achillea Yarrow (L,A)
Alcea Hollyhock (L)
Agapanthus Lily of the Nile (A)
Aquilegia Columbine (A)
Armeria Sea Pink (A)
Asclepias Butterfly Weed (L,A)
Aster (L,A)
Astilbe (A)
Borage (A)
Caryopteris Bluebeard (A)
Centranthus Jupitres Beard (A)
Chrysanthemum Shasta Daisy (A)
Coreopsis (A)
Delphinium (A)
Dianthus Pinks (A)
Dicentra Bleeding Heart (L)
Digitalis Foxglove (L)
Echinacea Coneflower (A)
Echinops Globe Thistle (A)
Erigeron Fleabane (A)
Eryngium Sea Holly (A)
Erysimum Wallflower (A)
Fennel (L)
Fragaria Ornamental Strawberry (L)
Gaillardia (A)
Heliotrope (A)
Iberis Candytuft (A)
Lavender (A)
Liatris spicata (A)
Lupine (L)
Malva Mallow (L)
Mimulus Sticky Monkey Flower (L)
Monarda Bee Balm (A)
Oregano (A)
Penstemon (L,A)
Phlox (A)
Ranunculus (A)
Rudbeckia (A)
Rue (L)
Salvia (A)
Scabiosa Pincushion (A)
Sedum (A)
Sidalcea Checkerbloom (L)
Solidago Goldenrod (A)
Tagetes Mexican Marigold (A)
Verbena (A)
Veronica Speedwell (L)
Zauschneria Ca. Fuchsia (A)

ANNUALS

Butterflies
Alyssum (A)
Aster (L)
Cosmos (A)
Lobelia (A)
Nasturtium (L)
Marigold (A)
Salvia (A)
Snapdragon (L,A)
Sunflower (L)