San Antonio Botanical Garden


Hints for Attracting Butterflies
by Greg Stiegler
Spring Blooming Plants:
Hinckley Columbine (Aquilegia hinckleyana
Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana)
Larkspur (Delphinium sp.) 
Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis
Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis
Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala)
Texas Betony (Stachys coccinea)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Wildflowers: Indian Blanket, Coreopsis,
Thistle, Purple Horsemint, Paintbrush, etc.
Angel's Trumpet (Datura sp.)
Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)


Summer Blooming Plants:

Indigo Spires (Salvia sp.)
Summer Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)                 
Lantana (Lantana sp.)
Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias curassavica)
Black-eyed Susan 'Goldstrum' (Rudbeckia hirta)
Zinnia Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.)
Pride of Barbados (Poinciana pulcherima)


Fall Blooming Plants:

Maximillian Sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani)  
Gayfeather (Liatris
Mistflower (Eupatorium sp.)
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
Purple Aster (Aster oblongifolius)
Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes lucida)
Rosemary (upright or trailing)
Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)


Larval Food Plants:
Plants that provide food for caterpillars

Fennel, Parsley, Dill, Rue (Eastern Black swallowtail) 
Passionvine (Gulf Fritillary)    
Hop Tree, Toothache Tree, Rue (Giant Swallowtail)
Pipevine (Pipevine Swallowtail)
Flame Acanthus (Janais Patch) 
Butterflyweed/Milkweed Family (Monarch, Queen)
Native Grasses: Sideoats Gramma, Little and
Big Bluestem Honeysuckle (Clearwing)
Hackberry (Snout Butterfly, Hackberry Butterfly)
Oak (Hairstreaks and others)
Willows, Ashes, Cherry (Tiger Swallowtail)
Nettles (Red Admiral)
Senna, Clover, and other legumes (Sleepy Orange)
Mallows (White Checkered Skipper)
Muhly Grass, Indian Grass, Inland Sea Oats Sunflower,
Ragweed, Cowpen Daisy (Bordered Patch)