Butterfly-Attracting Plants

October 24, 2011

If you’re shopping for end-season bargains to attract butterflies next spring through fall, here are a few perennials to consider:

  • Aster/Michaelmas Daisy (Aster spp.)
  • Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
  • Black-eye Susan (Rudbeckia spp.)
  • Butterly bush (Buddleia spp.)
  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Cape Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)
  • Catnip (Nepeta mussinii)
  • Ceanothus (Ceanothus spp.)
  • Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
  • Coreposis (Coreopsis spp.)
  • Gaillardia/Blanket flower (Gaillardia grandifola)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Liatris (Liatris spp.)
  • Phlox(Phlosx spp.)
  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Scabiosa (Scabiosa atropurpurea)
  • Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina)

Most of these nectar plants grow well in California. For more choices within your zone, check with a local nursery or master gardener office.



  1. Good Monday Morning Dianne:

    Kourtney and I will sure be planting some of these plants…We love butterflies…Everytime I see one fly by while I have guests I say there is Drexel….LOL
    Kisses Kim

    Once again than you for your beautiful site


  2. Good morning. Yes, butterflies don’t seem to be as prevelant as they once were. Glad to know where they can congregate. Thank you for the butterfly/plant connection.


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