USA Gardening - Region 4

New Mexico, Texas

The following nectar plants (flowers) will attract all the common butterflies of region 4.

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

Gulf Fritillary (Dione Vanillae)
Gulf Fritillary (Dione Vanillae)
Passion Vine
Passiflora spp.

Hackberry Butterfly (Asterocampa celtis)
Hackberry Butterfly (Asterocampa celtis)
Hackberry
Celtis spp.

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Wild Senna
Cassia spp.
Buckeye  (Junonia coenia)
Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
Snapdragon
Antirrhinum spp.
Verbena
Verbenaceae 
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Asters
Astaraceae
Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)
Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)
Carrot
Daucus carota
Fennel
Foeniculum vulgare
Parsley
Petroselinum crispum
Dill
Anethum graveolens
Bordered Patch (Chosyne lacinia)
Bordered Patch (Chosyne lacinia)
Sunflowers
Helianthus spp.
Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
Sage
Artemisia spp.
Giant Swallowtail (Papililo cesphontes)
Giant Swallowtail (Papililo cesphontes)
Wild Lime
Zanthoxylum
Citrus
Ruta spp.
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogations)
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogations)
Hackberries
Celtis spp.
Nettles
Urtica spp.
Elms
Ulnus spp.
Red-spotted Purple (Limentis astyanax)
Red-spotted Purple (Limentis astyanax)
Willows
Salix spp.
Wild Cherry
Prunus

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