26 Best Perennial Garden Butterfly Plants

26 Best Perennial Garden Butterfly Plants

Butterflies are beautiful; as a child and even now as an adult, I have mostly been a big fan of butterflies and different butterfly perennials; of course, I had to visit parks of outstanding butterfly gardens to see butterflies, and it was not at all convenient for my dad, or in the present, not very convenient for me too.

Going to the garden is too much of a hassle sometimes; you need to take the vehicle out, get dressed appropriately, spend some of your precious money on gas, or let your feet take some strain.

In this busy world of ours, where you don’t even get time to rest and take a meal properly, visiting butterfly gardens is something that not many people can think of.

There are small little things which can make us happy. Compromising on them is not good at all, so why compromise our love for the beautiful colors of nature, our love for the butterflies?

I did a course where they taught me about different planting methods, different types of beautiful flowers, and how to keep them healthy. I have implemented my learning to get myself a beautiful garden full of butterfly perennials.

In this article, I have 26 of the best butterfly perennials for your garden, just make sure you check all of them, especially the 19th one, but first, let us know about butterfly perennials.

What are Butterfly Perennials?

Butterfly perennials are the plants and flowers, which bloom throughout the year, which are the most suitable for butterfly gardens. These plants and flowers are vibrant in colors.

Now that we know a little but enough about the butterfly perennials, you should now get to know about the 26 of the best butterfly perennials.

List Of Best Perennial Garden Butterfly Plants

1. Echinacea Flower

Echinacea Flower

This flower has unique healing properties, which help in symptoms of cold and allergies. These flowers provide sufficiently for the lunch of the beautiful butterflies and contribute to your butterfly garden efficiently. You can also plant useful herbs around it.

2. Monarch on Orange flower

Monarch on Orange flower

An orange flower is perfect to attract butterflies. These flowers bloom to the brightest colors. The monarch butterflies especially love them. These flowers have a hefty amount of nectar with them, so your cute little butterfly will not go with an empty stomach.

3. Lavenders


Lavenders are not only loved by the butterflies, but they are loved by the people and the scent makers all over the world because of its so pleasant smells. There are thousands of scents and soaps made with lavender. Lavenders, apart from having a powerful smell and beautiful colors, also have an excellent medicinal value so that you can ensure the butterfly a healthy meal too. These are one perfect butterfly perennials.

4. Tiny Flowers

Tiny Flowers

Many butterflies, predominantly black and orange butterflies, love to feed on tiny flowers. These flowers have a little amount of nectar with them, so you will have to make sure that you plant a fair amount of them.

5. Skipper Butterflies

Skipper Butterflies

Skipper butterflies love all kinds of flowers, and they love the flowers which tend to have more sugar in them. Such flowers are the ones which are mostly pink in color. To get one skipper butterfly in your garden, make sure you plant one of them.

6. Powerful Perennials

Powerful Perennials

Make sure you have some long-stemmed purple butterfly perennials in your garden. These perennials attract most butterflies, they don’t look so good in comparison to the others, but because of their long stems, butterflies tend to trust these more. These add nicely to your butterfly garden.

7. Daisies


Daisies are perfect for a heavy meal. These have a thick center with a fair amount of nectar in it, these daisies are also famous for their vibrant smell, so they are loved by the butterflies and are loved by people for their pleasant smell.

8. Peacock Butterflies

Peacock Butterflies

Peacock butterflies love yellow flowers. Make sure you add some to your garden. Adding these in your garden can prove to be of great use since they will attract these vibrantly colored butterflies, which also prove to be of good value to the children’s learning.

9. Purple Bursts

Purple Bursts

These purple bursts are fascinating flowers. They look like mere green shrubs in the initial stage of growth, but they take a different turn when they bloom fully. They turn out to be purple. That is why they are called purple bursts. These attractive flowers attract a lot of butterflies.

10. Red Butterfly Weed

Red Butterfly Weed

This plant does not provide a lot for a butterfly’s meal, but these attract a lot of them. These blooms beautifully, these have this beautiful red color. The red butterfly weed is one of the hardest butterfly perennials. These need not be taken care of all the time. You can forget to water them for days. These are perfect for a butterfly garden.

11. Intricate Detail

Intricate Detail

Suppose you have a good hand with photography. In that case, you can always photograph butterflies in their true nature; the butterflies are so detailed that it almost appears like a master a separate master artist has created each different type of butterfly. Make sure you take some beautiful pictures of your garden.

12. Tiny Flowers

Tiny Flowers

Sometimes a butterfly may not be as hungry. We, humans, love quick drinks or snacks, and so do butterflies. They might stop on tiny flowers for a quick drink; you make sure you have some of these too in your yard while you make yourself a beautiful butterfly garden.

13. Yellow and Black Butterflies

Yellow and Black Butterflies


Yellow and black butterflies love purple blooms; these feed on juicy flowers. The purple and close to pink purples especially tend to be more juicy and tasty for the butterflies. These make perfect plants that attract butterflies. Make sure you add some of them.

14. Chive Flowers

Chive Flowers

These onion-like flowers don’t sound so beautiful when you hear the name. Still, once a great man said, “what’s there in the name?” and so, you never know what butterflies like. These flowers look magnificent and can also provide for good meals, add these to your list of butterfly perennials.

15. Bergenia Flowers

Bergenia Flowers

Bergenia flowers are great for heavy sunlight prone areas. These flowers attract a tremendous amount of butterflies, don’t forget to add them to your list of plants that attract butterflies.

16. Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are one of the most common species of butterflies that ever existed. These butterflies can be seen in every beautiful garden and are especially attracted to pink flowers. Please make sure you add more of them to your garden.

17. Brilliant Blooms

Monarch Butterflies

Butterflies love vibrant and sharply shaped flowers. The same fundamental trick to attract more and more butterflies to your butterfly garden is to get more over-saturated flowers to your garden.

18. Yellow Flowers

Yellow Flowers

Yellow flowers are seldom found in places, and many types of butterflies are yellow. If you want to make a beautiful scene out of your garden, make sure you add these to help these butterflies camouflage.

19. Red Milkweeds

Red Milkweeds

This is the only kind of flower on our list that attracts butterflies and attracts hummingbirds, which are beautiful creatures and add to your garden’s beauty. Hummingbirds are entirely and peaceful and won’t trouble your butterflies too.

20. Carnations


There are numerous possibilities with carnations. These tiny plants have tremendous value when it comes to different colors. Every year, you can see them blooming in different colors, so it is more like getting a new garden every year with these.

21. Subdued Coloured Flowers

Subdued Coloured Flowers

Some subdued colored flowers can also add to the theme of your garden. Of course, there is a more chance of butterflies getting attracted to brightly colored flowers. Still, they also get attracted to dark-colored flowers, and adding varieties to your garden adds more to its beauty.

22. Lantana Flowers

Lantana Flowers

These flowers are easy to care for. These flowers are tolerant of the heavy sunlight and need not be watered every day. These flowers are loved by the butterflies and are more bush-like in the structure.

23. Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

So is the name and so is the job, this colorful bus attracts butterflies at an instant, you will surely love this, this does not provide for food of the butterflies, but it works flawlessly when it comes to attracting.

24. Blue Allium

Blue Allium

This is only the blue colored option on our list. This vividly colored blossoming flower attracts butterflies nicely and is sharp and vivid in shape and color. They don’t provide much for the food, though.

25. Pinks


There are many pink or closely pink options on this list; this is because you cannot just go wrong with pink flowers anywhere. They suit every place and have a fair amount of nectar for the food.]

26. Perennial Options

Perennial Options

There are many options to choose from, you will not go wrong, since any flowers can attract butterflies, and it is all about the mood.


Well, that was all for our article on the 26 of the best perennial garden butterfly plants, have faith in yourself, if you love butterflies, you won’t go wrong in planning a butterfly garden with this guide, keep in mind the things I told you while looking for butterfly perennials.

If you liked the article, make sure you share this with all the people looking for the same.

Asher Pollan
Asher Pollan, with a Master’s in Botany from the University of Chicago, has been a plant enthusiast and educator for 16 years at a university. He joined our editorial team as a freelancer, sharing his knowledge of plant physiology, indoor gardening, and botanical science. His background includes roles in public gardens, as a horticultural therapist, and researcher, and taught the skills of everyday gardening to people in weekend workshops. He enjoys botanical illustration and participates in plant conservation initiatives.

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