Butterfly Garden Plants for the Mid-Atlantic U.S. States

For the Mid-Atlantic U.S. states, these are some of the plants that would be great in a butterfly garden.

  • Pawpaw for Zebra Swallowtail (not for northern PA, DE, NJ
  • Pipevine for Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Fennel, parsley, dill for Eastern Black Swallowtail
  • Black cherry, tulip poplar for Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Spicebush, red bay, sassafrass, for Spicebush Swallowtail and Palamedes Swallowtail
  • Milkweed for Monarch
  • False nettle, hackberry, for Eastern Comma, Question Mark, Red Admiral
  • Violets for Diana, Great Spangled Fritillary, Meadow Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary
  • Plantain for Baltimore Checkerspot
  • Willow, birch, cottonwood for Compton Tortoiseshell
  • Willow, hackberry, elm for Mourning Cloak
  • Asters for Pearl Crescent
  • Willow, hackberry for Mourning Cloak
  • Willow, black cherry for Red-spotted Purple
  • Willow for Viceroy
  • Hackberry for Tawny Emperor and Hackberry Emperor
  • Hackberry for American Snout

Some of these plants are available online from Shady Oak Butterfly Farm.