USA Gardening - Region 5

Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin, southeast Manitoba.

The following nectar plants (flowers) will attract all the common butterflies of region 5.

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

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Pipevines
Aristolochia

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

Cabbage White (Pieris rape)
Cabbage White (Pieris rape)
Garden Nasturtium
Tropaeolum majus
Cabbage
Brassica spp.
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Carrot
Daucus carota
Fennel
Foeniculum vulgare
Parsley
Petroselinum crispum
Dill
Anethum graveolens
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Wild Senna
Cassia spp.
Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)
Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)
Carrot
Daucus carota
Fennel
Foeniculum vulgare
Parsley
Petroselinum crispum
Dill
Anethum graveolens
Spicebush Swallowtail (papilio troilus)
Spicebush Swallowtail (papilio troilus)
Spicebush
Lindera benzoin
Sassafrass
Sassafrass albidum
Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
Sage
Artemisia spp.
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Asters
Astaraceae
Giant Swallowtail (Papililo cesphontes)
Giant Swallowtail (Papililo cesphontes)
Wild Lime
Zanthoxylum
Citrus
Ruta spp.
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Wild Plums and Cherries
Prunus spp.
Poplars
Populus spp.
Willows
Salix spp

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