Annuals for Butterflies


Plant selection and placement are important for butterfly gardens.

Butterflies like warm sunny sites sheltered from high winds. Rocks or bricks are needed for pupation, and for basking and warming in the sun.

Butterflies require food plants for both stages of development.

Nectar plants for the adult stage-Common Sunflower, Sweet Alyssum, Zinnia, Verbena, Petunia, Salvia, Snapdragon, Lantana, are a few to start.

Food plants for the larval stage are- Broccoli, Cabbage, Dill, Parsley, Sunflower, and Snapdragons.

Some larvae feed on specific host plants, while others will feed on a variety of plants. Include both larval host plants and adult nectar plants in your butterfly garden.