USA Gardening - Region 3

Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, southern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan, southwest Manitoba.

The following nectar plants (flowers) will attract all the common butterflies of region 3.

Buddleia, Heliotrope, Lantana, Milkweed, Mint, Pentas, Porterweed, Verbena and Zinnias.


Listed below are the butterflies common to this region and the important host plants that will attract them.

(Common names followed by latin)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Milkweeds
Asclepias syriaca
A.incarnata
A.speciosa

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Violet
Viola spp

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Hollyhocks
Alcea rosea
Sunflower
Helianthus spp.

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)
Wild Plums and Cherries
Prunus spp.
Aspens and Willows
Salix spp.
Poplars
Populus spp.

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)
Wild Lilacs
Ceanothus spp.
Wild Plums and Cherries
Prunus spp.
Buckthorns
Rhamnus spp.
Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)
Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)
Carrot
Daucus carota
Fennel
Foeniculum vulgare
Parsley
Petroselinum crispum
Dill
Anethum graveolens
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Aspens and Willows
Salix spp.
Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
Sage
Artemisia spp.
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
Garden Nasturtium
Tropaeolum majus
Cabbage
Brassica spp.
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyeri)
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyeri)
Willows
Salix spp.
Aspens and Poplars
Populus spp.
Choke Cherry
Prunus virginia
Hairstreack (Satyrium Liparops)
Hairstreack (Satyrium Liparops)
Wild Plums
Prunnus spp.
Blueberries
Vaccinium spp.
Ashes
Fraxinus spp.

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