Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden
The Butterfly Garden is designed with plants that attract butterflies and meet their needs. The garden includes:

  • Host plants on which butterflies lay eggs and where their larvae, the caterpillars, feed
  • Nectar plants which provide food for adult butterflies
  • Shelter plants that provide protection from wind, rain and predators

The goal of the garden is to showcase plants and educate local gardeners about plants which can be found and grown in their gardens to attract local butterflies. A field guide for butterfly identification, written by the Fort Bend Master Gardeners Entomology Group, is available as a resource to help the public identify eggs, caterpillar stages, chrysalis and adult butterflies, as well as their host and nectar plants. The garden serves as an interactive, educational exhibit for young and old alike.

Common NameScientific Name
Almond verbenaAloysia virgata
Barbados cherryMalpighia glabra
Bottlebrush, dwarfCallistemon viminalis
Buttonbush (understory tree)Cephalanthus occidentalis
Cestrum, Orange and Yellow varietiesCestrum aurantiacum
Coral HoneysuckleLonicera Sempervirens
Coreopsis, TickseedCoreopsis verticillata 'Cruzin Main Street'
Cuphea, Cigar PlantCuphea ignea
Florence FennelFoeniculum vulgare
Gaillardia, Blanketflower "Arizona Sun"Gaillardia x grandiflora
GauraOenothera lindheimeri
GoldenrodSolidago altissima
Hummingbird Bush, FirebushHamelia patens
KidneywoodEysenhardtia texana
Indigo bushAmorpha fruticosa
Geer LimeCitrus
Meyer LemonCitrus x meyeri "improved Meyer"
Passion vinePassiflora citrina
Butterfly WeedAsclepias curassavica
Brazilian Dutchman's Variegated Pipe VineAristolochia Fimbriata
Dutchman's Pipe VineAristolochia Elegans
Flowering CassiaCassia (Senna) splendia
Shrimp PlantJusticia brandegeeana
Black-eyed SusanRudbeckia triloba
Pentas, Egyptian StarflowerPentas lanceolata
LantanaLantana spp.
Purple coneflowerEchinacea purpurea
Stokesia, Peachie's Pick Stokes AsterStokesia laevis 'Peachies Pick'
Vitex, Chaste treeVitex agnus-castus
Blue mist greggiiEupatoruim greggii
White MistflowerEupatorium havanense
Rose, "Ellen’s Joy" (apricot color)Rosa spp.

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