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Cultivators of Certified Butterfly Gardens are encouraged to send in photos. Selected gardens will be showcased on a rotating basis. Gardens will be identified by certification number and location unless otherwise requested.

Certified Garden # 56 at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

White wild indigo (Baptisia alba), pictured at the right, is a spring nectar plant as well as a caterpillar food plant.

Other spring flowering plants that also serve as caterpillar food in this garden include Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) and Pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii).

Baptisia alba
In the summer, Great Spangled Fritillary can be found on pale purple coneflower (Echinacea pallida). Other summer nectar plants at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center include rattlesnakemaster (Eryngium Yuccifolium) and butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa).
Great Spangled Fritillary on Echinacea pallida
Located in Kansas, Certified Garden # 77 is included inside a four acre landscaped garden that uses dramatic color combinations and beautiful yard art in addition to making butterflies and caterpillar host plants a priority. Monarch caterpillar on swamp milkweed
Even though garden #77 hosts a riot of colorful nectar flowers, trees, shrubs, and vines are included as important caterpillar food plants. Paw paw (Asimina triloba), is a native under story tree (in the photo to the right) that provides caterpillar food for the Zebra Swallowtail. Also grown in the garden are Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) which feeds spicebush swallowtail caterpillars and pipevine (Aristolochia macrophylla) which feeds pipevine swallowtail caterpillars. Paw paw