Butterfly Garden

Favorite nectar and food sources of butterflies

Welcome to our butterfly garden where you will commonly find a dozen or so different species of butterflies at any given time. To attract butterflies to your garden and keep them there, you must provide both larval plants (host plants) for caterpillars and nectar sources for the adult butterflies they become. The garden is like a meadow with many flowers for both butterflies and other pollinators. Some favorite nectar and food sources of butterflies are mostly considered weeds by us. The “weeds” that you will see growing here just for them include: Tassel-flower (Emilia spp.), Beggar’s Tick (Bidens spp.) and Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum).

For more information please view our Butterfly-Garden-Handout.

Photographs by: Tom Hewitt