Butterfly Plants

Monarch Butterfly On Milkweed (Asclepias)

Butterfly Plants

Attract butterflies to your garden each summer with this collection of nectar-rich perennials. Plants that attract butterflies are usually beneficial to other pollinators such as honeybees. To choose the perfect butterfly garden plants for your yard, use the Plant Finder filters at left and select by zone, rainfall and soil conditions. Learn more: How To Plant A Butterfly Garden

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  1. Butterfly Weed, Milkweed

    Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a must-have for the pollinator garden with clusters of bright orange flowers in summer. This native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and...

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    Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
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    Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a must-have for the pollinator garden with clusters of bright orange flowers in summer. This native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soils. Asclepias is an important nectar source for Monarch butterflies and the sole host plant for Monarch caterpillars. Drought resistant/drought tolerant (xeric).
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  2. Nepeta faassenii Select Blue

    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of...

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    Select Blue Nepeta Select Blue Catmint Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
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    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of flowers comes in late spring, and again later in summer. A long-lived, easily grown perennial, this is an excellent plant for beginners.
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  3. Fallugia paradoxa seed head with bee. Photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed...

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    Apache Plume (Fallugia) Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa
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    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed heads. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  4. Prunella grandiflora Bella Blue, Self-Heal Bella Blue

    Bella Blue Self-Heal (Prunella grandiflora Bella Blue) is a vigorous, long-blooming groundcover with short spikes of violet-blue flowers that attract butterflies....

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    Bella Blue Prunella Bella Blue Self-Heal Prunella grandiflora Bella Blue
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    Bella Blue Self-Heal (Prunella grandiflora Bella Blue) is a vigorous, long-blooming groundcover with short spikes of violet-blue flowers that attract butterflies.
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  5. Papaver orientale Brilliant

    Brilliant Oriental Poppy was made famous by New Mexico artist Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. Papaver orientale Brilliant blooms in late spring with huge scarlet-orange flowers and is ...

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    Brilliant Oriental Poppy Brilliant Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale Brilliant
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    Brilliant Oriental Poppy was made famous by New Mexico artist Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. Papaver orientale Brilliant blooms in late spring with huge scarlet-orange flowers and is an outstanding variety.
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  6. Purple Aster novi-belgii Professor Kippenberg close up

    Aster Novi-belgii ‘Professor Kippenberg’ is a reliably blooming New York Aster with late summer/early fall display of blue flowers on tall self-supporting stems....

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    Professor Kippenberg New York Aster Professor Kippenberg New York Aster Aster novi-belgii Professor Kippenberg
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    Aster Novi-belgii ‘Professor Kippenberg’ is a reliably blooming New York Aster with late summer/early fall display of blue flowers on tall self-supporting stems.
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  7. Sedum Autumn Fire Fall Color, Red and Pink Sedum Autumn Fire, Autumn Fire Stonecrop

    Autumn Fire is an improved form of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' that is larger growing, has larger flower heads and is longer blooming. The flat heads of rose-pink flowers appear in late summe...

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    Autumn Fire Sedum Autumn Fire Stonecrop Sedum Autumn Fire
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    Autumn Fire is an improved form of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' that is larger growing, has larger flower heads and is longer blooming. The flat heads of rose-pink flowers appear in late summer. Leave the faded flowers on the plant for added winter interest.
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  8. Hymenoxys hoopesii, Owl's Claws, Orange Sneezeweed, close up of  huge golden-yellow flowers

    Owl's Claw (Hymenoxys hoopesii) is a fabulous native mountain wildflower with huge golden-yellow flowers in summer. With its long, downward curving golden-yellow flower petals and ce...

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    Owl's Claws (Hymenoxys) Owl's Claws, Orange Sneezeweed Hymenoxys hoopesii
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    Owl's Claw (Hymenoxys hoopesii) is a fabulous native mountain wildflower with huge golden-yellow flowers in summer. With its long, downward curving golden-yellow flower petals and center cone, the graceful flowers are eye-catching. Highly attractive to many types of butterflies and bees, this durable perennial likes average to wet soil moisture and cool growing conditions, not for hot climates.
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  9. Solidago sphacelata Golden Fleece

    Golden Fleece is a small growing goldenrod with sprays of arching golden-yellow flower spikes in late summer. A strong but compact plant, it is a great companion planted in front of ...

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    Golden Fleece Goldenrod (Solidago) Golden Fleece Dwarf Goldenrod Solidago sphacelata Golden Fleece
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    Golden Fleece is a small growing goldenrod with sprays of arching golden-yellow flower spikes in late summer. A strong but compact plant, it is a great companion planted in front of taller, late blooming perennials. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  10. Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink Close Up Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Elfin Pink is a showy beardtongue with tall, late spring blooming spikes of bright pink flowers. 'Elfin Pink' is more tolerant of richer soils and moister conditions than most bea...

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    Elfin Pink Penstemon Elfin Pink Beardtongue Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink
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    Elfin Pink is a showy beardtongue with tall, late spring blooming spikes of bright pink flowers. 'Elfin Pink' is more tolerant of richer soils and moister conditions than most beardtongues making it a great choice for much of the U.S. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  11. Star Frost Echinops frosty white circular blooms, Echinops 'Star Frost', Echinops bannaticus

    ‘Star Frost’ Echinops (Echinops bannaticus), also called Globe Thistle, is an eye-popping beauty in frosty white with spherical flowers on sturdy stems. Rising from thistle-like ...

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    Star Frost Echinops Star Frost Globe Thistle Echinops bannaticus Star Frost
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    ‘Star Frost’ Echinops (Echinops bannaticus), also called Globe Thistle, is an eye-popping beauty in frosty white with spherical flowers on sturdy stems. Rising from thistle-like deep green leaves with silvery undersides, ‘Star Frost’ will bloom from mid-summer to early fall. Plant them in a sweep for dramatic effect. At 3-4 feet tall they are just right for a perennial bed, cutting garden, or pollinator garden - bees and butterflies love them too.
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  12. Yellow Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kanah Creek, Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum, Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat

    Kannah Creek Buckwheat hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing mont...

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    Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kannah Creek
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    Kannah Creek Buckwheat hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing months of low care color. A 2007 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  13. Fredo Garden Thyme, Thymus vulgaris 'Fredo'

    Fredo Garden Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) offers traditional thyme flavor, scent, and summer flowering in a compact form. A wonderful dwarf English thyme for your herb gardens, rock garde...

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    Fredo Garden Thyme Fredo Garden Thyme Thymus vulgaris Fredo
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    Fredo Garden Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) offers traditional thyme flavor, scent, and summer flowering in a compact form. A wonderful dwarf English thyme for your herb gardens, rock gardens, or terracotta pots, with strong upright stems make harvesting leaves easy. The scent of ‘Fredo’ makes it highly deer resistant. Plant plenty for culinary use, and let flowers grow in summer to attract pollinators.
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  14. Agastache Kudos™ Ambrosia, Hummingbird Mint Hyssop, Photo courtesy of TERRA NOVA® Nurseries, Inc.

    Agastache Kudos Ambrosia (Hummingbird Mint Hyssop) is a compact-growing Agastache hybrid, with long-blooming flower spikes in a delightful changing color mix of creamy coconut, pale ...

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    Kudos™ Ambrosia Agastache Kudos™ Ambrosia Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Kudos™ Ambrosia PP#25,614
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    Agastache Kudos Ambrosia (Hummingbird Mint Hyssop) is a compact-growing Agastache hybrid, with long-blooming flower spikes in a delightful changing color mix of creamy coconut, pale orange and light rose-pink. Blooms early summer through September. Highly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.
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  15. Blue Hyssopus officinalis ssp. aristadus, Hyssopus officinalis ssp. aristadus, Hyssop

    Blue Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis ssp. aristadus) is one of the very best Old World plants for attracting and feeding bees and bumble bees. A medicinal herb, its aromatic foliage, an...

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    Blue Hyssop (Hyssopus) Blue Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis ssp. aristadus
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    Blue Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis ssp. aristadus) is one of the very best Old World plants for attracting and feeding bees and bumble bees. A medicinal herb, its aromatic foliage, and bright blue flowers are a highlight of the mid-summer garden. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  16. Prince of Orange Oriental Poppy

    'Prince of Orange' Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale 'Prince of Orange') has huge bright-orange flowers with crepe paper-like petals that light up the late spring garden. It is easy-...

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    Prince of Orange Oriental Poppy Prince of Orange Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale Prince of Orange
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    'Prince of Orange' Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale 'Prince of Orange') has huge bright-orange flowers with crepe paper-like petals that light up the late spring garden. It is easy-to-grow and long lived. It thrives in clay and loves cold winters.
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  17. Salvia sylvestris Caradonna Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens

    Caradonna’ is a beautiful Old World sage with tall, very dark purple flower stems and stunning blue-violet flowers. The plant has a strong vertical habit and is a superb nectar sou...

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    Caradonna Salvia Caradonna Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris Caradonna
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    Caradonna’ is a beautiful Old World sage with tall, very dark purple flower stems and stunning blue-violet flowers. The plant has a strong vertical habit and is a superb nectar source for honeybees.
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  18. Phlomis cashmeriana photo courtesy of Plant Select

    Kashmir Sage is an amazingly beautiful plant with showy spires of bright lavender-pink flowers. The huge leaves and stately flower spikes give the perennial great architectural value...

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    Kashmir False Sage (Phlomis) Kashmir False Sage Phlomis cashmeriana
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    Kashmir Sage is an amazingly beautiful plant with showy spires of bright lavender-pink flowers. The huge leaves and stately flower spikes give the perennial great architectural value in the waterwise landscape. A 2004 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  19. Salvia Amistad Friendship Sage with Bumblebee HBLZ351

    Salvia Amistad (also known as Friendship Sage, PP# 23578) is a large growing Sage that blooms for several months with huge violet-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds. If Salvia ...

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    Amistad Salvia Amistad Friendship Sage Salvia Amistad PP#23,578
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    Salvia Amistad (also known as Friendship Sage, PP# 23578) is a large growing Sage that blooms for several months with huge violet-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds. If Salvia Amistad is outside of your USDA growing zone, it can be grown in pots as an annual (it has vigorous growth in the first year) and it can often overwinter in a garage.
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  20. Red Papaver orientale Double Red Shades, Papaver orientale Double Red Shades, Red Shades Poppy

    Double 'Red Shades' blooms in late spring with large, showy double red flowers. This is an outstanding seed grown variety....

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    Double Red Shades Oriental Poppy Double Red Shades Poppy Papaver orientale Double Red Shades
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    Double 'Red Shades' blooms in late spring with large, showy double red flowers. This is an outstanding seed grown variety.
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  21. Red and Orange Delosperma Red Mountain® Flame, Delosperma x PWWG0S, Red Mountainand Flame Cold Hardy Ice Plant

    Delosperma Red Mountain® Flame is a tough, vigorous cold hardy Ice Plant with large blazing orange-red flowers in late spring and early summer. Delosperma Red Mountain Flame Ice ...

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    Red Mountain® Flame Ice Plant Red Mountain® Flame Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma x PWWG02S
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    Delosperma Red Mountain® Flame is a tough, vigorous cold hardy Ice Plant with large blazing orange-red flowers in late spring and early summer. Delosperma Red Mountain Flame Ice Plant is a Plant Select award winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  22. Viking Black Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa

    Viking Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) is an attractive medium-sized shrub with prolific spring flowers, attractive edible purple fruit and outstanding red fall foliage....

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    Viking Black Chokeberry (Aronia) Viking Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa Viking
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    Viking Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) is an attractive medium-sized shrub with prolific spring flowers, attractive edible purple fruit and outstanding red fall foliage.
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  23. Lavandula intermedia Grosso, Grosso Lavender

    Lavandula 'Grosso' is a large growing French hybrid lavender with dark blue flower spikes in mid-summer. An impressive profuse bloomer ideal for drying or culinary use....

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    Grosso French Lavender Grosso French Lavender Lavandula intermedia Grosso
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    Lavandula 'Grosso' is a large growing French hybrid lavender with dark blue flower spikes in mid-summer. An impressive profuse bloomer ideal for drying or culinary use.
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  24. Saponaria ocymoides, Soapwart Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    4-5" x 15-18" wide. This Old World wildflower is an outstanding groundcover for sun and part sun areas. It blooms in late spring with a profusion of bright pink, pollinator attractin...

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    Saponaria ocymoides Rock Soapwort Saponaria ocymoides
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    4-5" x 15-18" wide. This Old World wildflower is an outstanding groundcover for sun and part sun areas. It blooms in late spring with a profusion of bright pink, pollinator attracting flower clusters.
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