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Portland Nursery


Native Aster

Having a garden that is a welcoming place for butterflies can be a real joy. There are a lot of butterflies that are native to our region, and one way to be able to best attract them is by planting natives.

allium cerneum

Allium cerneum


Many people mistakenly focus all their attention on the nectar plants to attract the adults, without equal attention to the larval plants that will feed the growing caterpillars — helping to insure that you will have generations of returning butterflies to your garden.


Eriophyllum lanatum

Many of the NW Native plants we carry at the nursery are good butterfly plants as well as good garden plants. Here is just a partial list of what we usually see during the year:


Spirea douglasii


Helpful Links


Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui

Attracting butterflies to your garden requires more time and patience than attracting birds. There are also considerations of placement of plants and providing a water source.

The links below should go a long way to helping you set up a garden area attractive to butterflies:


Lists for and Native Nectar Plants from the Eugene Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

Local photographer Chris Carvalho has put together a thorough (and beautiful) resource on native butterflies and the plants that feed them. (He includes a few compatible non-natives here, too).

Our brochure on gardening for butterflies lists more natives along with non-natives, and designates whether the plant is for nectar-feeding or larval-feeding.


Camassia spp.