Host Plants for St. Louis Butterflies

In the St. Louis area I have approximately 40 different butterflies in my city-scape. There are closer to a hundred species if you’re willing to drive out into the country, but in my area, I’m limited to around forty. Here are the butterflies which come to my yard and the host plants I grow for them.

  • American Lady – Pearly Everlasting, Pussy Toes, Hollyhock
  • American Snout – Hackberry
  • Black Swallowtail – Bronze fennel, Parlsey, Dill, Rue
  • Bronze Copper – Rumex
  • Buckeye – Veronica and Penstemon
  • Cabbage White – Kale – Hesperis matronalis – Cleome
  • Checkered White – Kale – Hesperis matronalis – Cleome
  • Clearwing Moth – Amsonia illustris Shining Blue Star – Lonicera sempervirens.
  • Clouded Sulphur – Wild Senna,
  • Cloudless Sulphur – Partridge Pea
  • Comma – Hops, Hackberry, False Nettle
  • Eastern Tailed Blue – Clover
  • Giant Swallowtail – Ptelea trifoliata Hop-Tree, Wafer Ash – Rue
  • Gray Hairstreak – Hibiscus lasiocarpos, Rose Mallow
  • Great Spangled Fritillary – Violets
  • Hackberry – Hackberry tree
  • Little Yellow – Wild Senna
  • Monarch – Asclepias incarnata, asclepias tuberosa, ascepias curassavica.
  • Orange Sulphur –  Wild Senna
  • Painted Lady – Pearly Everlasting, Pussy Toes, Hollyhock.
  • Pearl Crescent – New England Aster
  • Pipevine – Pipevine (I grown this in a large pot.)
  • Question Mark – Hops, hackberry
  • Red Admiral – False Nettle
  • Red Spotted Purple – Willow
  • Silvery Checkerspot – Rudbeckia fulgida
  • Skippers (Dun – Fiery – Least – Pecks – Sachem – ) – Bermuda grass.
  • Silver-Spotted Skipper – Black Locust.
  • Sleepy Orange – Wild Senna
  • Spicebush – Spicebush.
  • Spring/Summer Azure – buds of Pee Gee Hydrangea, Salvia
  • Tiger Swallowtail – Tulip tree and Sweet Bay Magnolia
  • Variegated Fritillary – Violets
  • Viceroy – Willow.
  • Wild Indigo Dusky Wing– Baptisia – Twilight Prairie Blues H
  • Zebra Swallowtail – Paw Paw
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