Plant For Pollinators

Community Greens

Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds make your garden come alive. Plan now to add their favorite flowers to your landscape and you will experience your garden in a brand new way. Spreadwildflower mixesand favorites likezinniaswhen the soil is workable. You’ll also have a lovely cut flower garden in addition to a butterfly habitat. Encourage pollinators year-round withhabitat designed just for them.


  • Choose a location
  • Plan your garden
  • Remove weeds
  • Plant native flowers, trees and shrubs
  • Use colorful blooms
  • Choose flowers with long bloom periods
  • Water well
  • Fertilize

Learn more aboutplanting for pollinators.

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Conserve Monarchs


Bird Feeders Favorite Foods

bird feeder
Attract your favorite bird with its favorite food!

  • Hummingbird: sugar water
  • Bluebird: beef suet, peanuts
  • Blue Jay: beef suet, peanuts, sunflower seed
  • Red-Winged Blackbird: millet, peanuts
  • Cardinal: peanuts, sunflower seeds
  • American Goldfinch: millet, peanuts, sunflower seed
  • Baltimore Oriole: beef suet, peanuts, sugar water
  • Chickadee: beef suet, niger (thistle) seed, peanuts, sunflower seed
  • Rose-Breasted Grosbeak: sunflower seed, sugar water
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch: beef suet, peanuts, sunflower seed

Butterfly Wiki Links

In case you missed it, below are Butterfly Wiki Links. You can also find them permanently in Butterfly Project blog sidebar. I thought as Spring has sprung and my last post was about host plants for caterpillars , I might as well make the cocoon, er, connection – cv

Pipevine Swallowtail
Zebra Swallowtail
Tiger Swallowtail
Black Veined White
Sara Orange Tip
Falcate Orange Tip
Orange Sulphur
Clouded Yellow
Purplish Copper
Coral Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Olive Hairstreak*
Brown Elfin
Gray Hairstreak
Eastern Tailed Blue
American Snout
Question Mark
Mourning Cloak

The Plants Caterpillars Eat

Common Butterflies and the Plants Their Caterpillars Eat

imageSo you’ve worked hard to create a butterfly garden and it seems to be abuzz with lots of pollinators but there aren’t a lot of butterflies beyond 3 or 4 of the usual suspects. Did you do something wrong? Consider the life of a butterfly. They eat, mate and lay eggs. You’ve included lots of nectar plants in your garden but have you considered the host plants for their caterpillars? Host plants are not as common or as attractive as flowers/nectar plants. You may have to work a little harder to get more fly time by butterflies. Below is a list of common butterflies and the plants their caterpillars eat. Consider adding some of them as a second phase to your Butterfly Garden.

Acmon Blue – buckwheat, lupines, milkvetch
American Painted Lady – cudweed, everlast
Baird’s Swallowtail – dragon sagebrush
Black Swallowtailparsley, dill, fennel, common rue
Coral Hairstreak – wild black cherry, American and chickasaw plum, black chokeberry
Dun Skippersedges, grasses including purpletop
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – wild black cherry, ash, tulip tree, willow, sweetbay, basswood
Giant Swallowtail – prickly ash, citrus, common rue, hoptree, gas plant, torchwood
Gray Commagooseberry, azalea, elm
Great Purple Hairstreakmistletoe
Gulf Fritillary – maypops, other passion vines
Henry’s Elfin – redbud, dahoon and yaupon hollies, maple-leaved viburnum, blueberries
Painted Lady (Cosmopolite)thistles, mallows, nievitas, yellow fiddleneck
Pygmy Blue – saltbush, lamb’s quarters, pigweed
Red Admiral/White Admiral – wild cherries, black oaks, aspens, yellow and black birch
Silver-Spotted Skipper – locusts, wisteria, other legumes
Spicebush Swallowtailsassafras, spicebush
Sulphursclover, peas, vetch, alfalfa, asters
Variegated Fritillarypassion flower, violets, maypop, stonecrop, purslane
Viceroy – willows, cottonwood, aspen
Western Tailed Blue – vetches, milkvetches
Western Tiger Swallowtail – willow, plum, alder, sycamore, hoptree, ash
Woodland Skippergrasses
Zebra Swallowtail – pawpaw

Italics suggest plants that may be more “garden friendly” because of availability and size.