Five Common Butterfly Host Plants You Might Already Have

Virginia Pepperweed – Lepidium virginicum

Larval host for Great Southern White (Ascia monuste), Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) and Checkered White (Pontia protodice) butterflies. Read more on Virginia Pepperweed here. Virginia Pepperweed is edible.

Beggarticks – Bidens alba

Larval host for Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) butterflies. Read more about Bidens alba here. Bidens alba is edible.

Common Fanpetals – Sida ulmifolia

Larval host for Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis) and Tropical Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus oileus) butterflies. Read more about Sida ulmifolia here. See all Sida species in Florida here.

Florida Pellitory – Parietaria floridana

Larval host for Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterflies. Read more about Florida Pellitory here. Florida Pellitory is edible.

Gamochaeta spp. – Cudweed; Everlasting

Larval host for American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) butterflies. Some Gamochaeta species in Florida are not native and some are. The one in the image below is most likely non-native Gamochaeta pensylvanica. See all Gamochaeta species in Florida here.

 

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