Annual and Perennial Plants of South Florida

The following table lists the growing group of plants that have been suggested and reviewed by butterfly gardeners in south Florida. Long-tailed Skipper on Blue Porterweed

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English Name
Scientific Name
Plant Type Caterpillar Food Plant For:
Thalia geniculata
perennial
Brazilian Skipper
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
perennial
Tropical Buckeye
Asclepias tuberosa
perennial
Monarch, Queen, Soldier
Gaillarida pulchella
annual
Not a caterpillar food plant
Chamaecrista fasciculata
annual
Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Little Yellow, Ceraunus Blue, Gray Hairstreak
Asclepias curassavica
perennial or annual

Monarch, Queen, Soldier

Phyla nodiflora
perennial
Common Buckeye, Phaon Crescent, White Peacock
Oxypolis filiformis
perennial
Black Swallowtail
English Name
Scientific Name
Plant Type Caterpillar Food Plant For:
Asclepias curassavica
perennial or annual
Monarch, Queen, Soldier
Asclepias tuberosa
perennial
Monarch, Queen, Soldier
Chamaecrista fasciculata
annual
Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Little Yellow, Ceraunus Blue, Gray Hairstreak
Gaillarida pulchella
annual
Not a caterpillar food plant
Oxypolis filiformis
perennial
Black Swallowtail
Phyla nodiflora
perennial
Common Buckeye, Phaon Crescent, White Peacock
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
perennial
Tropical Buckeye
Thalia geniculata
perennial
Brazilian Skipper
English Name Scientific Name Plant Type Caterpillar Food Plant For:
Chamaecrista fasciculata
annual
Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Little Yellow, Ceraunus Blue, Gray Hairstreak
Gaillarida pulchella
annual
Not a caterpillar food plant
Thalia geniculata
perennial
Brazilian Skipper
Asclepias tuberosa
perennial
Monarch, Queen, Soldier
Asclepias curassivica
perennial or annual
Monarch, Queen, Soldier
Phyla nodiflora
perennial
Common Buckeye, Phaon Crescent, White Peacock
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
perennial
Tropical Buckeye
Oxypolis filiformis
perennial
Black Swallowtail