Suggest Plant Swap List

Please note that we are aware that some plants on this list may be considered “invasive” by you, other individuals, or organizations, so please do not contact us regarding this. We include them on this list because we consider them to be beneficial non-natives for butterflies, moths, and other pollinators. Plant nativity is a human construct that insects do not recognize. 

Host Plants

Plant Name Butterfly

Aristolochia fimbriata, White veined Pipevine

Pipevine Swallowtail

Aristolochia macrophylla, Dutchmen’s Pipevine

Pipevine Swallowtail
Aristolochia serpentaria, Virginia snakeroot Pipevine Swallowtail
Aristolochia tomentosa, Wooly Pipevine Pipevine Swallowtail
Asclepias incarnata Monarch
Asclepias syriaca Monarch
Asclepias tuberosa Monarch
Baptisia australis Wild Indigo Duskywing, Silver Spotted Skipper
Boehmeria cylindrica, false nettle Red Admiral, Eastern Comma, Question Mark
Cassia/senna hebecarpa, wild senna Sleepy Orange, Cloudless Sulphur
Cleome Checkered White
Gomphocarpus physocarpus Monarch
Lindera benzoin, spicebush Spicebush Swallowtail
Ruta graveolens, common rue Black Swallowtail
Senna obtusifolia Sleepy Orange
Wisteria frutescens, native wisteria Silver Spotted Skipper
Zizia aurea, Golden Alexander Black Swallowtail

Nectar Plants

Plant Name Sun Water Bloom Type Attracts
Asclepias incarnata Full Low Spring-Sum Perennial Assorted pollinators
Asclepias syriaca Full Low-Med Summer Annual Preferred plant to lay eggs on in our garden
Asclepias tuberosa Full Low Spring-Sum Perennial Great Spangled Fritillary, Monarchs, butterflies and bees
Baptisia australis Full, Part Low Spring Perennial Bumble bees
Buddleia, butterfly bush Full Low Summer-Fall Perennial Assorted pollinators
Dahlia, various cultivars Full Med Spring-Fall Perennial Bees, Butterflies, assorted pollinators
Echinacea, various cultivars Full Low-Med Summer Perennial Skipper butterflies, assorted pollinators
Eupatorium, Joe Pye Weed Full Low Late Summer Perennial Tiger Swallowtail Magnet! Other butterflies, pollinators
Gillardia, Blanket flower Full Med Spring-Fall Annual Bees, Skippers, Assorted Pollinators
Globe amaranth, Gomphrena globosa Full Med Spring-Fall Annual Assorted Pollinators
Lantana, various cultivars Full Low Summer-Fall Perennial Assorted butterflies, pollinators
Lavender, various cultivars Full Low-Med Spring-Sum Perennial Bees
Liatris, Blazing Star or Gayfeather Full Low Summer Perennial Skipper butterflies, assorted butterflies, pollinators
Monarda, Beebalm Full Low-Med Spring-Sum Perennial Bee and Hummingbird magnet! Assorted butterflies
Pycanthemum, mountain mints Full-Part Low Summer Perennial Pollinator magnet!
Silphium perfoliatum, cup plant Full Low Summer Perennial Skippers, Swallowtails, Brushfoots
Skullcap Full Low-Med Spring-Sum Perennial Assorted pollinators
Stoke’s aster Full Low-Med Spring-Sum Perennial Skipper butterfly magnet! Assorted butterflies and pollinators
Strawflowers Full Low-Med Spring-Fall Annual Assorted butterflies and pollinators
Tithonia Full Low Sum-Fall Annual Swallowtail butterfly magnet!
Verbena bonariensis, Tall verbena Full- Part Low Spring-Sum Perennial Skipper butterflies, assorted pollinators
Vernonia, Ironweed Full Low-Med Summer Perennial Assorted Pollinators, Large Butterflies
Zinnia Full Low-Med Summer Annual Assorted butterflies and pollinators

© 2020 Backyard Butterflies. Built using WordPress and Elementor

Click on icon to contact us


(919) 241-7865
Our preferred method of contact


Our preferred method of contact

When a slower response is ok


When a slower response is ok


(919) 241-7865
Please leave a voice message


Please leave a voice message