Specializing in Florida Native Plants
for Volusia and Flagler Counties

Full Moon Natives
1737 Fern Park Drive
Port Orange, FL 32128

Butterfly Gardening

Find a sunny site. Most butterflies prefer sunshine and hate to fight the wind, so choose a warm, sheltered spot. Also, provide some flat rocks, where they can take a break, and a source of water - like a dirt puddle.
Choose native plants - they are grown without insecticides, which would kill the butterflies.
Navigation information: For more information on individual plants, click on botanical name and a new browser window will appear. To close window, click on "x" in upper right corner.

Ferns Grasses Palms Shrubs Trees Vines Wildflowers & Groundcovers
Botanical Name Common Name Use Butterfly
Blechnum serrulatum Swamp Fern larval Malachite, White Peacock
Botanical Name Common Name Use Butterfly
Tripsacum dactyloides Fakahatchee Grass larval  
Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhly Grass larval  
Eragrostis spectabilis Purple Lovegrass larval  
Spartina bakeri Sand Cordgrass larval  
Eragrostis elliottii Silver Lovegrass/Elliott's larval  
Botanical Name Common Name Use Butterfly
Sabal palmetto Cabbage Palm larval Monk Skipper
Zamia pumila Coontie larval Atala Hairstreak
Serenoa repens Saw Palmetto larval Palmetto skipper, Monk skipper
back to top      
Botanical Name Common Name Use Butterfly
Illicium parviflorum Anise - Yellow nectar  
Rhododendron austrinum Azalea - Florida Flame nectar  
Rhododendron canescens Azalea - Florida Pinxter nectar  
Vaccinium corymbosum x darrowii Blueberry - Highbush l/n Striped hairstreak
Vaccinium mysinites Blueberry - Shiny/Lowbush l/n Woodland elfin, Striped hairstreak
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush nectar  
Asimina triloba Common Pawpaw larval Zebra Swallowtail
Erythrina herbacea Coral Bean nectar  
Citharexylum spinosum Fiddlewood nectar  
Hamelia patens Firebush nectar  
Garberia heteropylla Garberia nectar  
Lantana depressa Lantana - Florida nectar  
Viburnum obovatum 'Schiller's Delight' Mrs. Schiller's Delight nectar  
Ceonothus americanus New Jersey-Tea nectar  
Aesculus pavia Red Buckeye nectar  
Lyonia ferruginea Rusty Lyonia nectar  
Hibiscus coccineus Scarlet Hibiscus nectar  
Lyonia lucida Shiny Lyonia/Fetterbush nectar  
Myrcianthes fragrans Simpson's Stopper nectar  
Vaccinium arboreum Sparkleberry nectar  
Hypericum hypericoides St Andrews Cross nectar  
Clethra alnifolia Summersweet nectar  
Befaria racemosa Tarflower nectar  
Itea virginica Virginia Sweetspire/Willow nectar  
Viburnum obovatum Walter's Viburnum nectar  
Psychotria nervosa Wild Coffee larval  
Zanthoxylum fagara Wild Lime larval Giant Swallowtail
back to top      
Botanical Name Common Name Use Butterfly
Prunus serotina Black Cherry l/n Red-Spotted Purple, Coral Hairstreak, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Prunus angustifolia Chickesaw Plum l/n Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Viceroy
Ilex cassine Dahoon Holly larval Woodland elfin
Prunus umbellata Flatwoods Plum nectar  
Persea borbonia Florida Red Bay larval Palamedes Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood larval Spring Azure Blue
Chionanthus virginicus Fringe Tree nectar  
Celtis laevigata Hackberry larval Hackberry Emperor, Snout and Tawny Emperor, Question Mark
Zanthozylum clava-herculis Hercule's Club / Toothache Tree nectar Giant Swallowtail
Quercus virginiana Live Oak larval  
Sophora tomentosa Necklace Pod l/n Sulphers
Carya glabra Pignut Hickory larval Banded hairstreaks, Luna, Polyphemus & Royal Walnut moth
Pinus spp. Pine trees: Sand, Longleaf, South Florida Slash larval Eastern pine elfin, Spicebush swallowtail
Acer rubbrum Red Maple larval Cecropia, Imperial, Polyphemus and Rosy Maple Moths
Morus rubra Red Mulberry larval Question Mark, Red Admiral
Sassafras albidum Sassafras larval Spicebush, Tiger and Palamedes swallowtails
Cratageus flava Summer Haw larval Striped hairstreak
Persea palustrus Swamp Red Bay larval Spicebush, Tiger and Palamedes Swallowtails
Liriodendron tupilifera Tulip Poplar larval Tiger Swallowtail
Myrica cerifera Wax Myrtle larval Red Banded Hairstreak
Ulmus rubra/alata Winged Elm l/n Mourning Cloak, Hackberry butterfly, Tawny Emperor, Question Mark
back to top      
Botanical Name Common Name Use Butterfly
Gelsemium sempervirens Carolina/Yellow Jessamine nectar  
Lonicera sempervirens Coral Honeysuckle nectar  
Passiflora incarnata Passion Flower l/n Gulf Fritillary
Passiflora suberosa Passion Flower - Corkystem l/n Julia, Zebra Longwing, Gulf Fritillary
back to top      
Wildflowers and Groundcovers    
Botanical Name Common Name Use Butterfly
Aster elliottii Aster - Elliotts nectar  
Bidens spp. Beggar-Ticks/ Spanish Needle nectar  
Rudbeckia hirta Black Eyed Susan nectar  
Gaillardia Blanket Flower nectar  
Liatris gracilis Blazing Star - Slender / Gay Feather nectar  
Liatris spicata Blazing Star / GayFeather nectar  
Sisyrinchium atlanticum Blue Eyed Grass nectar  
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis Blue Porterweed nectar  
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed l/n Monarch, Queen, Solider
Eryngium yuccafolium Button Snakeroot / Rattlesnake Master larval Eastern Black Swallowtail
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower nectar  
Cassia bahamensis Chapman's Senna larval Cloudless Giant Sulphur, other sulphurs
Aster caroliniensis Climbing Aster l/n American Painted Lady, Pearl Crescent
Carphephorus paniculatus Deer Tongue nectar  
Monarda punctata Dotted Horsemint nectar  
Helianthus debilis Dune Daisy/Beach Sunflower nectar  
Elephantopus elatus Elephant's Foot nectar  
Salvia lyrata Lyre-Leaved Sage nectar  
Concoclinum coelestinum MistflowerAgeratum nectar  
Carphephorus corymbosis Paintbrush - Florida nectar  
Chamaecrista fasciculata Partridge pea larval Cloudless Giant Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Piloblephis rigida Pennyroyal - Florida nectar  
Carphephorus subtropicanus Pineland Purple nectar  
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower nectar  
Eupatorium rotundifolium Roundleaf thoroughwort / False Hoarhound nectar  
Solidago sempervirens Seaside Goldenrod nectar  
Eryngium aquaticum Snakeroot - Powder Blue / Corn larval Eastern Black Swallowtail
Tradescantia ohiensis Spiderwort - Blue nectar  
Tradescantia fluminensis Spiderwort - White nectar  
Ipomopsis rubra Standing Cypress nectar  
Stokesia laevis Stokes Aster l/n Pearly Crescent, Dainty Sulfer
Helianthus angustifolius Sunflower - Narrow Leaf nectar  
Helianthus radula  Sunflower - Rayless nectar  
Glandularia tampensis Tampa verbena nectar  
Coreopsis Tickseed nectar  
Salvia coccinea Tropical Sage nectar  
Dyschoriste oblongifolia Twinflower larval Common Buckeye
Ruellia caroliniensis Wild Petunia l/n White Peacock, Malachite, Buckeye
Aster dumosus Wood Aster l/n  
Canna flaccida Yellow canna larval Canna Skipper
Yucca filamentosa Yucca/Adam's Needle/Bear Grass larval Skippers
Ferns Grasses Palms Shrubs Trees Vines Wildflowers & Groundcovers

Butterfly information has been compiled from numerous printed materials. We have tried to include only species that live in our area (Volusia/Flagler counties). Please notify us if any errors or omissions - Thank you.
back to top
Full Moon Natives
1737 Fern Park Drive
Port Orange, FL 32128