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can someone give me a list of host plants for butterflies with the butterfly it attracts?

please im trying to make a butterfly garden and i want to raise my own butterfly! =]

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4 Responses to “can someone give me a list of host plants for butterflies with the butterfly it attracts?”

  1. sheri_richerson

    There is a site called The Butterfly Site.com that has this information in it. The link is http://www.thebutterflysite.com/create-butterfly-garden.shtml

    Sheri Ann Richerson

  2. noniemg

    The best host plant for butterflies are the citrus trees such as lemon trees. It attracts different kinds of butterflies.

  3. Isadora

    In order to have butterflies you have to have caterpillars. There is one book that is the ONLY comprehensive book on caterpillars so far written, the butterflies they turn into , and the host plants for both butterflies and caterpillars. It is simply Caterpillars of Eastern North America. I got a copy from Amazon.com but I have also seen it at Borders books. A lot of butterflies are not only native to the East coast but throughout North America, so this book actually is good through the whole country. If you are serious about butterfly gardening, this is one book you need. There is also another very small book called “Painted Ladies”, and small as it is, it is packed with good butterfly information.

    I have had a butterfly garden for years, and though I had lots of butterflies, I knew little about their caterpillars and what they needed to thrive. This book has been a gold mine.

    Some plants: Dutchman’s pipe vine for Pipe Vine Swallowtail caterpillar food
    Milkweed for Monarchs and giant Fritillarias, also other butterflies feed on the flower nectar.
    Violets, for Fritillaria caterpillars. If there are no violets for the caterpillars to eat when they hatch out, they will die.
    Carrot family plants for black swallowtails: parsley, dill, carrots, queen anne’s lace, fennel
    cabbage plant family for white cabbage butterfly caterpillars.
    Butterfly bush, spirea, lunaria, any flower with a wide base for butterflies to land for nectar.

    Lunaria (money plant) that blooms early in the spring is always alive with dozens of huge butterflies of all kinds in my garden, plus hundreds of small ones. They all seem to like it. I plant it in huge swaths at the edge of my woods.

    There are many, many more–too many to list.

  4. Kimberly C

    Butterflies are attracted to different color flowers as well as the aroma of the flowers.

    Butterfly bush
    ornamental trees and flowers
    Dogwood trees
    Perennial flowers

    This is just a few varieties you could use. In my garden project section of my website, I have a page on a butterfly garden. Using any of these plants will help you attract butterflies. I will also direct you to my site map where you can browse through the different section. The gallery of plant section may help you also find some more plant specimens to use for attracting butterflies. Good luck to you and if you need any other suggestions, please feel free to contact me at the website. Have a great day!


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