Butterfly Garden Flowers & Plants by Region

This butterfly garden resource provides a complete list of butterflies found in the United States, along with their preferred nectar flowers and the host plants they look for to lay eggs that the butterfly caterpillars can feed on. For advice on starting a butterfly garden, see our guide, How to Make a Butterfly Garden.

​Click on your region on the map above to see the full list of butterflies native to your area, and the best plants and flowers to use in your butterfly garden.

There are over 300 species of butterflies in the US

Every region on our map has well over 100 species of butterflies native to that region (except Hawaii, which only has two native species plus a handful of imported ones), and each butterfly species has different requirements for host and nectar plants. While most butterflies will take nector from most flowers, they all have their preferred flowers that they seek out.

1. Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan) 2. Northern Pearly-eye (Enodia anthedon) 3. Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon) 4. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 5. Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) 6. Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis) 7. Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis) 8. Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades) 9. Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios) 10. Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona) 11. Northern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia egeremet) 12. Northern Metalmark (Calephelis borealis) 13. Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) 14. Pink-edged Sulphur (Colias interior) 15. Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

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