One of the great joys of having a garden is watching butterflies, birds and bees dance and flit from flower to flower in search of nectar and a sunny spot to rest.

By choosing the right plants and following a few simple guidelines, you can lure many different species to your garden. Any size garden can attract and support pollinators — from a wildflower meadow to a planter with a few well-chosen species.

For butterflies, pay extra attention to plant selection, and you can support a full butterfly life cycle. While flowers produce nectar, specific host plants are needed so butterflies can lay eggs and feed caterpillars when they emerge.

Below is a listing of plants that attract pollinators:


·         Impatiens

·         Iris

·         Lantana

·         Lavender

·         Liatris

·         Lily

·         Linden

·         Locust

·         Lupine

·         Marigold

·         Milkweed

·         Mint

·         Musk mallow

·         Nettle

·         Penstemon

·         Petunia

·         Phlox

·         Poppy

·         Purple coneflower

·         Queen Anne's lace

·         Rosemary

·         Sage

·         Salvia

·         Scabiosa

·         Shasta daisy

·         Skullcap

·         Stonecrop

·         Thistle

·         Thyme

·         Verbena

·         Wallflower

·         Wild lilac

·         Wild rose

·         Willow

·         Yarrow

·         Yucca

·         Zinnia

·         Ajuga

·         Allium

·         Alyssum

·         Aster

·         Bee balm

·         Begonia

·         Bergamot

·         Blackcurrant

·         Blanket flower

·         Bleeding heart

·         Borage

·         Butterfly bush

·         Calendula

·         Cardinal flower

·         Century plant

·         Cleome

·         Columbine

·         Coral bells (heuchera)

·         Cosmos

·         Crapemyrtle

·         Dahlia

·         Daylily

·         Delphinium

·         Dianthus

·         Fennel

·         Foxglove

·         Gaillardia

·         Geranium

·         Gladiolus

·         Globe thistle

·         Glossy abelia

·         Goldenrod

·         Gooseberry

·         Hawthorn

·         Helianthus

·         Hollyhock

·         Hyssop

Visit some POLLINATING guides

Greene County Master Gardeners Pollinating Guide

St. Louis County Pollinating Guide