Butterfly Plants

Tithonia, a reseeding annual grows to 5 feet tall. Each butterfly has his own blossom.

Tecoma stans. Texas friends call it Esperanza.

Caesalpina pulcherrima. We call it Pride of Barbados. 

Pentas lanceolata or Egytian Star Flower

The shadow on the leaf shows where the name
comes from, Star Flower.


Duranta erecta is a fast-growing shrub often
treated as an annual. It is root-hardy here.
Cuttings will bloom through the winter when
brought inside. Butterflies love it.

Porterweed, or Stachytarpheta jamaicensis is another popular blossom with butterflies, also treated as an annual.  The above are plants I use most to attract summer butterflies.

Other Summer nectar plants:
  • Agastache
  • Vitex
  • Verbena bonariensis
  • Echinacea
  • Asclepias
  • Liatris
  • Coreopsis
  • Buddleia
  • Monarda
  • Eupatorium
  • Zinnias
  • Salvia
  • Plumbago -- this is one I have not grown. Maybe this year.
  • Cassia alata

In early spring, Dianthus, Azaleas, Echinacea, Vitex and Oakleaf Hydrangea attract a large number of butterflies. This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a sampling. Butterflies were diving into Daylily blossoms and clinging to Hyacinth blooms.

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