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Perennials

  • Pearly everlasting –Anaphalis margaritacea
  • Small Wing Sedge – Carex microptera
  • Turtlehead – Chelone Glabra
  • Water Avens – Geum rivale
  • Monkey Flower- Mimulus ringens
  • Swamp Milkweed-Asclepias incarnata
  • Boneset – Eupatorium perfoliatum
  • Old Man’s Beard – Clematis virginiana
  • Blue Flag Iris- Iris Versicolor
  • Rudbeckia- Indian Summer
  • Meadowsweet- Filipendula Ulmaria
  • Blue false indigo- Baptisia Australis
  • Indian Blanket Flower – Gaillardia
  • Sunflower- Helianthus
  • Mexican Sunflower- Tithonia
  • Gayfeather – Liatris
  • Obedient Plant- Physostegia virginiana
  • Bugleweed – Ajuga
  • Zinnia – State Fair
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Echinacea- White Swan- echinacea purpurea

Shrubs and Bushes

  • Button Bush –Cephalanthus occidentalis
  • Summersweet- Ruby Spice -Clethra Butterfly Bush- Buddleia- Miss Molly
  • Butterfly Bush- Buddleja Davidii
  • Red Osier Dogwood – Cornus Sericea

Annuals and Herbs

  • Zinna- state fair
  • Salvia- white
  • Sage- salvia officinalis
  • Parsley- Petroselinum crispum

Sources:

  • Fletcher Wildlife Garden
  • Rideau Woodland Ramble
  • William Dam Seeds (many of which were started by  Klaas Van Der Meer at Green Acres)
  • Smiths Falls Garden Market
  • various donations by individuals

The following are some examples of host plants for the different species of butterflies found in eastern Ontario.

  • Pearly everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea — American lady butterfly
  • Chokecherry Prunus virginiana — swallowtail, hairstreak butterfly
  • Pacific ninebark Physocarpus capitatus — tiger swallowtail butterfly
  • Nettles Anthocharis sara ssp. gracilis — red admiral, Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterfly
  • Thistles Cirsium — painted ladies butterfly
  • Common milkweed Asclepias syriaca — monarch butterfly
  • Swamp milkweed Asclepias incarnata — monarch butterfly
  • Butterfly milkweed Asclepias tuberosa — monarch butterfly
  • Eastern cottonwood Populus deltoides — mourning cloak, viceroy, swallowtail
  • Willow Salix sp. — white admiral, viceroy, swallowtail
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