Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of the South Florida

The following table lists the growing group of plants that have been suggested Cassius Blue on Phlya speciesand reviewed by butterfly gardeners in south Florida.

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Check back often, the South Florida Garden Guide is currently under construction. More trees, shrubs and vines will be added to the table below in the coming months.


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English Name
Scientific Name
Plant Type
Caterpillar Food Plant For:
Passiflora suberosa
vine
Gulf Fritillary, Julia Heliconian, Zebra Heliconian
Cardiospermum corindum
vine
Gray Hairstreak, Miami Blue, Silver-banded Hairstreak
Guaiacum sanctum
tree
Lyside Sulphur
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis
Shrub/Tree Giant Swallowtail
Zanthoxylum fagara
shrub or tree
Giant Swallowtail, Sicklewing Skipper, Schaus' Swallowtail
Senna mexicana
shrub
Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Orange-barred Sulphur
Celtis pallida
Large Shrub or Tree
Emperors, American Snout, Red-bordered Metalmark
Celtis laevigata
Tree
American Snout, Question Mark, Tawny Emperor, Hackberry Emperor, Mourning Cloak
English Name
Scientific Name
Plant Type
Caterpillar Food Plant For:
Cardiospermum corindum
vine
Gray Hairstreak, Miami Blue, Silver-banded Hairstreak
Celtis laevigata
Tree
American Snout, Question Mark, Tawny Emperor, Hackberry Emperor, Mourning Cloak
Celtis pallida
Large Shrub or Tree
Emperors, American Snout, Red-bordered Metalmark
Guaiacum sanctum
tree
Lyside Sulphur
Passiflora suberosa
vine
Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Heliconian, Julia Heliconian
Senna mexicana
shrub
Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Orange-barred Sulphur
Zanthoxylum fagara
shrub or tree
Giant Swallowtail, Sicklewing Skipper, Schaus' Swallowtail
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis
Shrub/Tree Giant Swallowtail
English Name
Scientific Name
Plant Type
Caterpillar Food Plant For:
Guaiacum sanctum
tree
Lyside Sulphur
Celtis laevigata
Tree
American Snout, Question Mark, Tawny Emperor, Hackberry Emperor, Mourning Cloak
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis
Shrub/Tree Giant Swallowtail
Celtis pallida
Large Shrub or Tree
Emperors, American Snout, Red-bordered Metalmark
Zanthoxylum fagara
shrub or tree
Giant Swallowtail, Sicklewing Skipper, Schaus' Swallowtail
Senna mexicana
shrub
Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Orange-barred Sulphur
Passiflora suberosa
vine
Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Heliconian, Julia Heliconian
Cardiospermum corindum
vine
Gray Hairstreak, Miami Blue, Silver-banded Hairstreak