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Nectar Sources for Butterflies

Check out these plant options for drawing in and nourishing butterflies in your garden.

by Jill Slater, special to HGTV.com

These varieties draw adult butterflies and most grow nationwide. However, there are many more plants that supply food for adult butterflies. If you need additional suggestions, check out the native plants that grow in your neck of the woods.

Annuals, Perennials, Grasses

yarrow (Achillea)
lily of the Nile(agapanthus )
snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
columbine (Aquilegia)
thrift (Armeria)
butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberose)
aster
astilbe
borage (Borogo officinalis)
bouvardia
Jupiter's beard (Centranthus rubber)
coreopsis
cosmos
delphinium
dianthus
purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
globe thistle (Echinops exaltatus)
wild buckwheat (Eriogonum)
sea holly (Eryngium amethystinum)
gaillardia (Gaillardia x grandiflora)
common heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)
lobelia
sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritime)
bee balm (Monarda)
penstemon
phlox
ranunculus
Gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta)
sage (Salvia)
pincushion flower (Scabiosa)
sedum (most), stonecrop
goldenrod (Solidago)
marigold (Tagetes)
verbena

Shrubs

flowering maple (Abutilon)
manzanita (Arctostaphylos)
butterfly bush ( Buddleja)
Scotch heather (Calluna vulgaris)
wild lilac (Ceanothus)
hebe
toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
lantana
lavender (Lavandula)
honeysuckle (Lonicera)
mahonia
mock orange, single-flowered (Philadelphius)
coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica)
rhododendron
sumac (Rhus)
currant, gooseberry (Ribes)
rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
elderberry (Sambucus)
spirea
lilac (Syringa)

Trees

maple (Acer)
apple
madrone (Arbutus menziesii)
citrus
willow (Salix)
chastetree (Vitex agnus-castus)

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