We’re sharing sample Planting Guides for both Full Sun and Partial Shade, with a selection of plants native to deep South Texas.  These are examples designed to help you design an environmentally-appropriate garden with plants native to your region.

The guides incorporate plants for a tiered landscape design featuring groundcover, low, flowering plants, woody shrubs and trees for variety and visual interest. Color, texture and contrast are all important aspects of the artful garden, which can be as beautiful as the butterflies it will attract.

Partial Shade Garden

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Ground Cover Height: 6” – 1’

Greggs Tube Tongue / Justicia pilosella
Nectar: Good
Host: Elada Checkerspot/ Tiny Checkerspot

Plant Height: 1’ – 2’

Ruellia / Ruellia nudiflora
Nectar: Excellent
Host: Pale Banded Crescent / Texan Crescent

Betony Mistflower / Conoclinium betonicifolium
Nectar: Very Good
Host: Rounded Metalmark


Shrub Height: 3’ – 5’

Flame Acanthus / Anisacanthus quadrifidus wrightii
Nectar: Great
Host: Crimson Patch

Crucita / Chromolaena odorata
Nectar: Excellent
Host: Rounded Metalmark

Manzanita Cherry / Malpighia glabra
Nectar: Good
Host: Cassius Blue/White patched Skipper


Vine  / Climbing

Snapdragon / Maurandya antirrhiniflora
Nectar: Great
Host: Common Buckeye

Blue Passion vine
Nectar: Great
Host: Fritillaries


Tree Height: 3’ – 10’

Vasey’s Adalia / Adelia vaseyi
Nectar: Good
Host: Mexican Bluewing

Texas Wild Olive / Cordia boissieri
Nectar: Good
Host: unknown

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Full Sun Butterfly Garden

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There is a formula for building a productive butterfly garden. Your garden should be at least 10’ x 10’ or 100 SF in size, and contain a minimum of three nectar and three host plants. Ideally, your garden should include a tree to which caterpillars may attach their chrysalis; however, a fence or garden furniture will also work.

Here are some plant suggestions for South Texas:

Ground Cover Height: 6” – 1’

Frog Fruit (Phyla nudiflora) Nectar: Very Good
Host: Phaon Crescent, White Peacock Flowering


Plant Height: 1’ – 2’

Milkweed: Native plants of the Asclepias family
Nectar: Great
Host: Monarch, Queen, Soldier

Cowpen Daisy (Verbesina encelioides)
Nectar: Great
Host: Bordered Patch


Shrub Height: 3’ – 5’

Golden Eyed Daisy (Viguiera stenoloba)
Nectar: Great
Host: Tailed Orange

Lantana (Lantana urticoides)
Nectar: Great
Host: Lantana Scrub Hairstreak

Baby Bonnet (Coursetia axillaris)
Nectar: Great
Host: None


Vine / Climbing

Balloon Vine (Cardiospermum dissectum)
Nectar: Great
Host: Silver Banded Hairstreak

Corky Stem Passion Vine (Passiflora suberosa)
Nectar: Good
Host: Fritillaries


Tree Height: 10’ – 15’

Mexican Caesalpina (Caesalpinia mexicana)
Nectar: Good
Host: Unknown

Retama (Parkinsonia oculata)
Nectar: Good
Host: Unknown

The National Butterfly Center has a native plant nursery that grows 60-80 species for retail, wholesale and contract. Please visit our website to see what may be available, and call or come in to see what is in stock at any time. Members receive special discounts.

Open 7 days/week NationalButterflyCenter.org 956.583.5400

 

 

 

Mission: Monarchs!

We are happy to share this informative tri-fold brochure with you for distribution at your community event, nature center or public garden.
 

NBC Mission Monarch outside Outlines

 
Mission: Monarchs! features native milkweed plants and nurseries of Hidalgo County, Texas, and is available in both English and Spanish.  If you would like to order these brochures with resource information specific to your region, we will gladly substitute your native milkweeds and nurseries and drop ship these colorful, high-quality print materials in the language of your choice for prices ranging from $200 for 500 pieces - $400 for 5,000, plus shipping.  

Please contact 
info@missionmonarchs.com 
to inquire or order.
 

NBC Mission Monarch inside Outlines


 

 

 

Address

Head Quarters: 3333 Butterfly Park Drive, Mission, TX 78572

GPS Coordinates:  26.180243 -98.364973

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Phone: 956.583.5400