Perennials for Various Uses

Long blooming perennials
Easy perennials
Shade perennials
Ground cover perennials
Perennials for damp soil

Drought tolerant perennials
Perennials for hummingbirds
Perennials for butterflies


Perennials for butterflies
Scientific Name Common Name Butterfly Supported Life Stage
Achillea Yarrow many species adult - nectar source
Alcea  Hollyhock Skippers, Painted Lady larvae
Allium Ornamental Onion, Chives many species adult - nectar source
Anaphalis Pearly Everlasting  American Painted Lady larvae
Anethum graveolens Dill Black Swallowtail larvae
Antirrhinum Snapdragon Buckeye larvae
Arabis Rock Cress Falcate Orangetip larvae
Armeria Thrift, Sea Pink many species adult - nectar source
Artemisia  Wormwood, Silver Mound American Painted Lady larvae
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed Monarch adult and larvae
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed Monarch adult and larvae
Aster Aster many species adult - nectar source
Aster Aster Checkerspots, Pearl Crescent larvae
Baptisia False Indigo Gray Hairstreak larvae
Baptisia False Indigo Dogface Butterfly larvae
Buddleia Butterfly Bush many species adult - nectar source
Catananche Cupid's Dart many species adult - nectar source
Chelone Turtlehead Baltimore Checkerspot larvae
Centranthus Jupiter's Beard many species adult - nectar source
Coreopsis Tickseed many species adult - nectar source
Dianthus Pinks many species adult - nectar source
Dictamnus Gas Plant many species adult - nectar source
Dictamnus Gas Plant Giant Swallowtail larvae
Echinacea Coneflower many species adult - nectar source
Echinops Globe Thistle many species adult - nectar source
Eupatorium Joe-Pye Weed many species adult - nectar source
Foeniculum vulgare Fennel Black Swallowtail larvae
Gaillardia Blanket Flower many species adult - nectar source
Helenium Helen's Flower, Sneezeweed many species adult - nectar source
Helenium Helen's Flower, Sneezeweed Dainty Sulphur larvae
Helianthus Sunflower Checkerspots larvae
Iberis Candytuft many species adult - nectar source
Lamium False Nettle Question Mark larvae
Lavandula Lavender many species adult - nectar source
Leontopodium Edelweiss American Painted Lady larvae
Leucanthemum Shasta Daisy many species adult - nectar source
Liatris Gayfeather many species adult - nectar source
Linaria Toadflax Buckeye larvae
Lobelia Cardinal Flower many species adult - nectar source
Lupinus Lupine Orange Sulphur, Silvery Blue larvae
Lupinus Lupine many species adult - nectar source
Malva Mallow Gray Hairstreak, Skipper larvae
Malva Mallow many species adult - nectar source
Monarda Bee Balm many species adult - nectar source
Petroselinum crispum Parsley Black Swallowtail larvae
Phlox Phlox many species adult - nectar source
Primula Primrose many species adult - nectar source
Ruta graveolens Rue Black Swallowtail larvae
Salvia Salvia, Sage many species adult - nectar source
Scabiosa Pincushion Flower many species adult - nectar source
Sedum Stonecrop many species adult - nectar source
Solidago Goldenrod many species adult - nectar source
Teucrium Germander many species adult - nectar source
Verbena Verbena many species adult - nectar source
Vernonia Ironweed many species adult - nectar source
Veronica Speedwell many species adult - nectar source
Viola Violet Fritillary larvae
     
In addition, many species of trees and common weeds support Butterfly larvae.  Included are:
Aspen      
Chokecherry      
Clovers (and other Legumes)    
Cottonwood      
Dogwood      
Elm      
Grasses      
Hackberry      
Mustard family members      
Oak      
Plantain      
Sassafrass      
Willow