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Butterflies all a Flutter

What could bring more joy than watching a beautiful butterfly fluttering?

The Joy of Butterfly Gardens --  Butterfly Feeders, Bait & Nectar -- Life-Cycle of Butterflies
What I Learned about Butterflies -- Simple Steps to a Butterfly Garden -- Great Plants for Butterfly Gardens -- Butterflies etc.

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The Joy of Butterfly Gardens -- Partial List of Plants

Texas, with its many ecological regions and biological features, offers good butterfly habitat and boasts approximately 442 butterfly species, the most diverse butterfly state in the nation. There are 732 species recorded in North America (north of Mexico). Stats are from Lubbock-OnLine

This is a list of plants that I would like to try in my Lubbock Butterfly garden.

Nectar plants for my Lubbock Butterfly Garden
Black-eyed Susan   
Blanket flower   
Butterfly weed (asclepias)   
Butterfly bush (buddleia)   
Globe amaranth   
Mexican flame vine   
Morning glory   
Host (larval food) plants for my Lubbock Butterfly Garden

Althea gray hairstreak
Butterfly weed - monarch
Canna - Brazilian skipper (canna leafroller)
Clover - sulphur
Dogwood - spring azure
Esperanza (Tecoma stans) - gray hairstreak
Frogfruit - buckeye
Mock orange - tiger swallowtail
Parsley hawthorn - gray hairstreak

Texas lantana - painted lady
Passionflower vine - Gulf fritillary, Julia
Paw paw - zebra swallowtail
Queen Anne's lace - Eastern black swallowtail
Redbud - Henry's elfin
Ruellia - buckeye, Cuban crescent spot
Shrimp plant - Texan crescentspot
Spicebush - spicebush swallowtail, tiger swallowtail
Wisteria - silver-spotted skipper

The monarch is the state butterfly of Texas

Nectar plants for Monarch butterflies
Apocynum cannabinum - Indian Hemp
Asclepias californica
- California Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata
- Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
- Common Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa
- Butterfly Weed

Asters sp. - asters
sp. - thistles
Daucus carota
- Wild Carrot
Dipsacus sylvestris
- Teasel
Erigeron canadensis - Horseweed
Eupatorium maculatum
- Spotted Joe-Pye Weed Eupatorium perfoliatum - Common Boneset
Hesperis matronalis
- Dame's Rocket
Medicago sativa
- Alfalfa
sp. - golden rods
Syringa vulgaris
- Lilac
Trifolium pratense
- Red Clover
Vernonia altissima
- Tall Ironweed
Host plants for Monarch caterpillar
Asclepias amplexicaulis - Clasping Milkweed
Asclepias asperula
- Antelope Horns
Asclepias californica
- California Milkweed
Asclepias cordifolia
- Heart-leaf Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
- Scarlet Milkweed
Asclepias curtissii
- Curtiss' Milkweed
Asclepias eriocarpa
- Woollypod Milkweed
Asclepias erosa
- Desert Milkweed
Asclepias exaltata
- Poke Milkweed
Asclepias fascicularis
- Narrow-leaf Milkweed
Asclepias humistrata
- Sandhill Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata
- Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias meadii
- Mead's Milkweed
Asclepias nivea
- Caribbean Milkweed
Asclepias physocarpa
- Swan Plant
Asclepias purpurascens
- Purple Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed
Asclepias subverticillata
- Horsetail Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
- Common Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa
- Butterfly Weed
Asclepias verticillata
- Whorled Milkweed

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Calotropis gigantea
- Crown Flower
Calotropis procera
- Apple of Sodom
Cynanchum laeva
- Sand Vine
Sarcostemma clausa
- White Vine
Sources for Plant in Lubbock

The key to an enjoyable butterfly garden is to have plants available for each of the four life-cycles of the butterfly.  If you take the time to plan you will be rewarded with more butterfly guests.

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