THE TOP 10 PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES TO YOUR TEXAS LANDSCAPE

Imagine walking outside and your entire yard being filled with beautiful and colorful butterflies. Have you ever wondered how some areas are consumed with these beautiful creatures while areas right next door, completely vacant? Well, it is not by chance. If you want your Texas landscape to attract these beautiful animals, these are our top 10 plant recommendations!

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designing a landscape for all 5 senses

Our goal, in designing your Texas landscape, is to affect all 5 senses: taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound. Drenched Designs may include planting mint to taste, feather grass to touch, and gardenia to smell. To intrigue sight, we first consider beautiful flowers and colorful foliage, followed by the wildlife your landscape can attract.

if you build it, they will come

You may have ever heard the notion, “if you build it, they will come.” Butterflies abide by this notion; if you build the plants and provide food (aka nectar), they will come. We take it a step further and help design landscapes that flowers at different times of the year, allowing you to reap the beauty of butterflies over multiple seasons. 

Okay, now on to the plants! The plants we have listed below not only attract butterflies, but they will also be attractive to you! In fact, these are some of our favorites to plant. Each of the plants below are perfect for your Texas landscape given their unique nature and ability to grow and flourish in our heat/drought tolerant environment. Check sun and water requirements before planting.

 
LANTANA

LANTANA

PHLOX

PHLOX

PENTAS

PENTAS

MEXICAN (mint) MARIGOLD

MEXICAN (mint) MARIGOLD

PURPLE CONEFLOWERS

PURPLE CONEFLOWERS

VIBURNUM

VIBURNUM

ZINNIA

ZINNIA

ASTER

ASTER

SHASTA DAISY

SHASTA DAISY

MAXIMILIAN SUNFLOWER

MAXIMILIAN SUNFLOWER

 

Top 10 Plants to Attract Butterflies:

  1. Lantana (Lantana urticoides) 

  2. Pentas

  3. Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)

  4. Zinnia

  5. Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum)

  6. Phlox (Phlox paniculate, drummondii, or pilosa)

  7. Mexican (mint) marigold (Tagetes lucida)

  8. Viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum)

  9. Aster

  10. Maximilian sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani) 

Runner ups: 

Spirea (Spirea japonica), Bush honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima or Lonicera albiflora), Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and/or Abelia.

Looking for a specific butterfly?

The North American Butterfly Association created an amazing list that provides which types of plants attract certain types of butterflies. The list also includes the bloom season. So, if you know the type of butterfly you want to attract, simply search here.

Comment below and let us know what butterflies your plants are attracting!

References: https://agrilife.org/etg/2012/06/21/attracting




Jamie Hayen