Butterfly Attracting Plants

Bleeding Heart (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) is a beautiful vine like plant that flowers in red and white. It is especially attractive to sulphur butterflies.

Blue Sage (Eranthemum pulchellum) is a shrub usually maintained between 3 and 6 feet. It has bright blue flowers and attracts zebra, julia and gulf fritillary butterflys.

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia spp.) is a leggy shrub with colors ranging from white to purple, pink and orange.

Butterfly Sage (Cordia globosa) is a very thick growing shrub between 3 and 8 feet. It has white flowers and is one of the best butterfly attractors in South Florida.

Firebush (Hamelia patens) is a large shrub or small tree with orange-red flowers. It is a great butterfly and hummingbird attractor.

Firespike (Odontonema strictum) is an upright shrub with red flowers. It is a good choice to attract swallowtail and sulphur butterflies.

Golden Dewdrop (Duranta repens) is a shrub or small tree with white or purple flowers. It attracts a wide variety of butterflies.

Hong Kong Orchid (Bauhinia blakeana) is a medium to large tree with rosy-purple or white flowers.

Lantana (Lantana spp.) is a ground cover or small shrub. The colors range from yellow to purple and orange and white. It is a great butterfly attractor.

Necklace Pod (Sophora tomentosa) is a leggy shrub that can reach 8 feet. It flowers in yellow and it is a good butterfly and humming bird attractor.

Pentas (Pentas lanceolata) are one of the best butterfly plants in South Florida. There are dwarf and large growing varieties, flowering in white, red, fuschia, pink, purple, and mauve.

Jatropha (Jatropha integerrima) grows 6 to 10 feet. It flowers in red or pink and attracts the zebra butterfly.

Porterweed (Stachytarpheta spp.) comes in pink or blue. They are kept between 1 and 6 feet and are good butterfly plants.

Scarlet Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) Is a hardy shrub that flowers in orange-yellow or yellow. It grows 3 to 4 feet and attracts monarch and queen butterflies.

Wild Coffee (Psychotria nervosa) is a native shrub reaching 3 to 6 feet with small white flowers. It attracts the ruddy daggerwing and zebra butterflies.