“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Anderson

Butterfly Nectar Plants

Butterfly Gardening with Nectar Plants

A butterfly "nectar" plant is simply a flowering plant that produces nectar. Nectar is the sugar-rich liquid found in the flowers of most plants. Nectar-consuming pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and bats. There are thousands of suitable nectar plants to choose from. Listed below are some of our personal favorites (we believe they are the butterflies favorites too).

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Aster
Aster Aster

Black Eyed Susan
Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia

Bee Balm
Bee Balm Monarda

Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Bush Buddleia

Coneflower
Coneflower Echinacea

Cosmos
Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus

Coyote Mint
Coyote Mint Monardella

Deerweed
Deerweed Lotus scoparius
(also host plant for several butterflies)

Goldenrod

Joe Pie Weed
Joe-Pye Weed Eupatorium

Lantana
Lantana Lantana

Lavender
Lavender Lavendula angustifolia

Liatris
Liatris Liatris aka Blazing Star or Gayfeather Asteraceae


Milkweed Asclepias
(host plant for Monarchs and Queen Butterflies)

Pentas
Pentas (Pentas lanceolata)

Penstemon
Penstemon aka Beard-tongue

Pincushion Flower
Pincushion Flower Scabiosa

Valerian
Red Valerian Centranthus ruber

Sage
Sage Salvia

Prairie Sunflower
Prairie Sunflower Helianthus

Mexican Sunflower
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia

Verbena
Verbena Verbena

Yarrow
Yarrow Achillea

Zinnia
Zinnia Zinnia
“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Anderson
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