Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

To find out more about which butterflies you are most likely to see in Houston area gardens, click here:



Learn more about butterflies in this region at local NABA chapter meetings:

NABA Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas


Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar

Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar


Greater Houston Texas Garden Guide

Covering Harris and Montgomery counties, NABA’s Greater Houston Garden Guide providesBlue Metalmark butterfly gardening information for an area that includes urban, suburban, and rural communities.


With an average daily minimum winter temperature of 44 degrees Fahrenheit and average annual rainfall of almost 50 inches, the gardeners in the Greater Houston area have a wide variety of plant choices for their butterfly gardens.


Planting a butterfly garden with food and nectar plants is a great way to attract butterflies to your location while providing resources to help wild butterflies thrive and grow.


The following plants have been selected and rated by NABA members as important native plants for the 100 or so butterflies that can be seen in the Greater Houston area.

NABA Selected Shrubs, Vines, and Trees for the Houston Area

NABA Selected Annuals and Perennials for the Houston Area

Plant three nectar plants and three caterpillar food plants that are native to your region. Your garden will then qualify to join the growing number of NABA Certified Butterfly Gardens, helping to promote and increase butterfly habitat across the country

NABA greatly appreciates the volunteer contributions of the local experts who generously gave their advice on this garden guide. They include Don DuBois along with members of the Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas NABA Chapter.