Butterfly Gardening at Winter’s Hill Estate

Butterfly Gardening at Winter’s Hill Vineyard

Winter’s Hill Estate is in the Willamette Valley near Dundee. Most info about butterfly gardens is geared towards the eastern or southern US. I’ve checked locally about which butterflies we can attract in Oregon. Listed here are the host plants for those butterflies. Xerces has observed that one needs about 3 square feet of a plant to attract the butterfly which will deposit the eggs which will develop into the caterpillars which will feed on the host plants.

Since we are experiencing an early spring some of us are anxious to get out and garden. Hopefully this list of butterfly “host” plants will help those planning to plant a butterfly garden. In addition you will want to plant nectar providing plants but that is the easy part. Butterflies will gather nectar from many plants while the caterpillars may eat only a specific plant.

Host plant —  Butterfly
Currant —  Angelwings & Red Admirals
Stinging Nettles —  Angelwings & Red Admirals
Mustard —  Sara’s Orange Tip
Fennel —  Anise Swallowtail
Thistle —  Painted Lady & Mylitta Crescent
Black Locust —  Silver-spotted Skipper
Mallows —  West Coast Lady
Pearly Everlasting —  American Lady
White Oaks —  California Sister
Violets —  Fritillaries
Western Bleeding Heart —  Clodius Parnassian
Kincaid Lupine —  Fender’s Blue

Western Bleeding Heart

Western Bleeding Heart

Western Bleeding Heart —  Clodius Parnassian

Blooms middle of May

Blooms middle of May

 

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Emily founded Winter's Hill Estate with her husband Peter in 1990.

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