Nectar Sources for Butterflies

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

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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