Nectar Plants

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The nectar plants included in this section are the most popular ones used as nectar sources for butterflies and ones that I am growing in my garden. There are many other flowers that are good at attracting butterflies. These are the ones I think are best, in my experience. But most likely, over time, I'll add more to the list. They are divided up into groups based on their size.

Please keep in mind that these size divisions are only a rough estimate. The amount of light, water, soil conditions, etc. can affect how big some of these plants get. In many cases it's also a matter of opinion whether a plant is small or large, or a large plant or a small bush. Please check the individual pages for each plant to get a better idea of its size and shape.



Shorter Plants

Lantana

Pentas - Pentas lanceolata

Pin Cushion Flower - Scabiosa columbaria

Verbena - Glandularia canadensis


Taller Plants

Agastache/Anise Hyssop - Agastache foeniculum

Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta

Blanket Flower - Gaillardia grandiflora

Cardinal Flower - Lobelia cardinalis

Iron Weed - Vernonia sp.

Joe Pye Weed - Eupatorium purpureum

Prairie Liatris - Liatris pycnostachya

Purple Cone Flower - Echinacea purpurea

Mountain Mint - Pycnanthemum pilosum

Rattlesnake Master - Eryngium yuccifolium

Zinnia


Bushes/Shrubs

Butterfly Bush - Buddleia davidii

Buttonbush - Cephalanthus occidentalis

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