American Lady Host Plants

American Lady Host Plants – Vanessa virginiensis

(We have not fed all these species to American Lady caterpillars.  We have only used those with an * by the name.  We do not guarantee success with plants that we have not tried although we believe that all of the plants listed below are excellent host plants for American Lady caterpillars.)

*Cudweed – Gnaphalium obtusifolium

Anise – Pimpinella anisum

*Sweet everlasting – Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium

Plantain leaved pussytoes – Antennaria plantaginifolia

*Licorice plant – Helichrysum petiolare

Icicle plant – Helichrysum thianschanicum

*Pearly everlasting – Anaphalis margaritacea

Silver Brocade, Silver Cascade – Artemisia stelleriana

*Pennsylvania everlasting – Gamochaeta pensylvanica

*Spoonleaf purple everlasting – Gamochaeta purpurea

Caribbean purple everlasting (Delicate everlasting) – Gamochaeta antillana

Pussy-toes – Antennaria parlinii


(Ironweed and burdock are listed as hosts on some websites.  We have tried to raise American Lady caterpillars on both plants.  Larvae wouldn’t even taste the leaves.)