Plants for California Butterfly Gardens

For California, these are some of the plants that are recommended for a butterfly garden.

  • Asters for Northern Checkerspot
  • Currents, gooseberries for Hoary Comma
  • Willow, hackberry, elm for Mourning Cloak
  • Wild lilac for California Tortoiseshell
  • Paintbrush, beardstongues for Edith’s Checkerspot
  • Fennel, parsley, dill for Anise Swallowtail and Indra Swallowtail
  • Cottonwood, black cherry, ash for Western Tiger Swallowtail
  • Milkweed for Monarch
  • Willow, hackberry for Mourning Cloak
  • False indigo for California Dogface
  • Alfalfa and clover for Clouded Sulphur
  • Violets for Callippe Fritillary
  • Dock for Edith’s Copper, Great Copper
  • Wild cherry, willow for Lorquin’s Admiral
  • Oaks for California Sister
  • Buckwheat for Blue Copper
  • Fennel, parsley, dill for Anise Swallowtail and Indra Swallowtail
  • Cottonwood, black cherry, ash for Western Tiger Swallowtail
  • Milkweed for Monarch
  • Willow, hackberry, elm for Mourning Cloak
  • Alfalfa and clover for Clouded Sulphur
  • Violets for Callippe Fritillary
  • Pussy toes for West Coast Lady, American Lady, and Painted Lady

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