Butterfly Gardening in the Northeastern U.S.

For the Northeastern Region of the U.S., these are some of the plants that are recommended for a butterfly garden.

  • Fennel, parsley, dill for Eastern Black Swallowtail
  • Black cherry, aspen, birch for Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
  • Spicebush, red bay, sassafrass for Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Milkweed for Monarch
  • False nettle, nettles hackberry for Eastern Comma, Gray Comma, Question Mark
  • False nettle, nettles for Red Admiral
  • Violets for Great Spangled Fritillary, Meadow Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, Atlantis Fritillary, Silver-bordered Fritillary
  • Nettles for Milbert’s Tortoiseshell
  • Aspen, cottonwood, willow for Compton’s Tortoiseshell
  • Willow, hackberry, elm for Mourning Cloak
  • Willow for Viceroy and White Admiral
  • Asters for Pearl Crescent
  • Alfalfa for Orange Sulphur and Clouded Sulphur
  • Plantain for Baltimore Checkerspot