Pollinator Gardens

Many native plants act as a food source for butterflies. A butterfly garden contains food plants for butterfly caterpillars and nectar plants for the adult butterflies.  Tangles of roots, logs, and stumps create cavity areas for pupating caterpillars.


View/download a PDF of wildflowers for pollinators – a resource to aid you in selecting species for your site

All the species in the pack prefer full sun as do most pollinators. It is best to grow them in a well-drained area.  All are drought tolerant and require no special attention. None of these species are invasive with new shoots coming up at the very base of the plant to create a clumping effect.

Each plant requires about 1 square foot in the garden, an area 5ft x 6 ft is all that is required for this mini oasis for bees and butterflies.  A little mulch between plants will help to keep weeds down and moisture in.



Butterfly Milkweed (above)


Wild Columbine – woodland nectar plant


Blue Harebell – full sun, long blooming – nectar plant


White Admiral feeding on the nectar of a Coneflower


Monarch caterpillar feeding on milkweed, its larval host plant


Above and below – examples of butterfly gardens