The Comprehensive List of Butterfly Garden Flowers & Plants by Region


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Wayfair has come up with the most comprehensive list so far of the most popular plants frequented by butterflies in each region here in the United States. And you may be in for a surprise. They not only eat nectar from flowers but other things as well, too!

We’ve always thought butterflies eat only nectar from flowers, little did we know that some eat sap, dung, and other things. is sharing us this list of the most popular plants frequented by butterflies.

Check out the different regions in the US and the butterflies that can be found in them:

Northwest Region:

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Idaho

West North Central Region:

  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska

East North Central Region:

  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan

West Region:

  • California
  • Nevada

Southwestern Region:

  • Southwestern Region:
  • Arizona
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico

South Region:

  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas

Central Region:

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

Northeast Region:

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland

Southeast Region:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia



Here’s also a list of the butterflies featured above:

1. Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)

2. Northern Pearly-eye (Enodia anthedon)

3. Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon)

4. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

5. Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)

6. Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)

7. Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis)

8. Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)

9. Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)

10. Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona)

11. Northern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia egeremet)

12. Northern Metalmark (Calephelis borealis)

13. Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

14. Pink-edged Sulphur (Colias interior)

15. Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

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