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Butterfly nectar plants
of the Adelaide region

Adult butterflies lay their eggs on a food source for their caterpillars. However, when it comes to finding nectar to feed on, any of the plants below will provide an excellent food source for all butterflies.

Note: Although you can choose and plant caterpillar food plants with confidence based on your local plant community list not all nectar plants below are suited to all regions. Consult your local nursery, local council or Urban Forests for guidance.

Butterfly nectar plants

Ground layer

  • Ammobium Daisy (Ammobium alatum) (garden plant exotic to SA)
  • Austral Trefoil (Lotus australis)
  • Blue Pincushion (Brunonia australis)
  • Brachycomes (Brachycome spp.)
  • Button Everlasting (Helichrysum scorpioides)
  • Candles (Stackhousia spp.)
  • Clustered Everlasting (Chrysocephalum semipapposum)
  • Common Everlasting (Chrysocephalum apiculatum)
  • Common Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
  • Creeping Boobialla (Myoporum parvifolium)
  • Daisies and Fuzz weeds (Vittadinia spp.)
  • Everlastings (Leucochrysum spp.)
  • Everlastings (Helichrysum spp.)
  • Fairy Fan-flower (Scaevola aemula)
  • Fan-flowers (Scaevola spp.)
  • Glycines (Glycine spp.)
  • Guinea flower (Hibbertia spp.)
  • Mallee Smooth-nettle (Parietaria cardiostegia)
  • Minuria daisies (Minuria spp.)
  • Native Cranberry (Kunzea pomifera)
  • Native Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza acanthocarpa)
  • Native Sorrel (Oxalis perennans)
  • Pale Fan-flower (Scaevola albida)
  • Red-flower Trefoil (Lotus cruentus)
  • Rice Flowers (Pimelea spp.)
  • Running Postman (Kennedia prostrata)
  • Saltbushes (Atriplex spp.)
  • Scrub or Native Stinging Nettle (Urtica incisa)
  • Smooth-nettle (Parietaria debilis)
  • Snapdragon (Antirrhinum spp.) (garden plant exotic to SA)
  • Strawflower (Xerochrysum bracteatum)
  • Tiny Cudweed (Gnaphalium indutum)
  • Wirewort (Asteridea athrixioides f. athrixioides)
  • Yam Daisy (Microseris lanceolata)

Sedges

  • Hard Mat-rush (Lomandra multiflora ssp. dura)
  • Mount Lofty Mat-rush (Lomandra fibrata)
  • Small Mat-rush (Lomandra nana)
  • Soft-tussock Mat-rush (Lomandra densiflora)
  • Yaccas (Xanthorrhoea spp.)

Shrubs

  • Acacia simmonsiana (Acacia simmonsiana)
  • Baeckeas (Baeckea spp.)
  • Billy-buttons (Calocephalus spp.)
  • Bitter Pea (Daviesia spp.)
  • Bottlebrushes (Callistemon spp.)
  • Bristly Bush-pea (Pultenaea acerosa)
  • Broom Baekea (Babingtonia behrii)
  • Christmas bush; sweet bursaria (Bursaria spinosa)
  • Coastal Umbrella-bush (Acacia cupularis)
  • Cockies Tongue (Templetonia retusa)
  • Daisy bushes (Olearia spp.)
  • Dense Bush-pea (Pultenaea densifolia)
  • Desert Cassia (Senna artemisioides ssp. petiolaris)
  • Elegant Wattle (Acacia victoriae ssp. victoriae)
  • Fine-leaf Desert Senna (Senna artemisioides ssp. filifolia)
  • Fringe Myrtle (Calytrix spp.)
  • Gold-dust Wattle (Acacia acinacea)
  • Goodenias (Goodenia spp.)
  • Grey Mulga (Acacia brachybotrya)
  • Hakeas (Hakea spp.)
  • Mallee Pea (Eutaxia microphylla)
  • Mealy Wattle (Acacia farinosa)
  • Mint bush (Prostanthera ovalifolia) (garden plant exotic to SA)
  • Mt Lofty groundsel (Senecio hypoleucus)
  • Narrow-leaf Bush-pea (Pultenaea tenuifolia)
  • Native Lilac (Hardenbergia violacea)
  • Needle Wattle (Acacia rigens)
  • Ploughshare Wattle (Acacia gunnii)
  • Punty Bush (Senna artemisioides ssp. X coriacea)
  • Rock Wattle (Acacia rupicola)
  • Showy Parrot-pea (Dillwynia sericea)
  • Silver Mulga (Acacia argyrophylla)
  • Small Darwinia (Darwinia micropetala)
  • Spreading Scurf-Pea (Psoralea) (Cullen patens)
  • Sticky Boobialla (Myoporum petiolatum)
  • Sticky Wattle (Acacia dodonaeifolia)
  • Stiff Westringia or Western Rosemary (Westringia rigida)
  • Sunrays and Everlastings (Rhodanthe spp.)
  • Sweet Quandong (Santalum acuminatum)
  • Tall Scurf pea (Psoralea) (Cullen australasicum)
  • Thorn Wattle (Acacia continua)
  • Thryptomenes (Thryptomene spp.)
  • Twiggy Bush-pea (Pultenaea largiflorens)
  • Umbrella Bush or Sandhill Wattle (Acacia ligulata)
  • Wallowa (Acacia calamifolia)
  • Weeping Emubush or Berrigan (Eremophila longifolia)

Trees and Mistletoes

Mistletoe hosted by trees are listed in [square brackets].

  • Black Tea Tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) [Melaleuca Mistletoe]
  • Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) [Drooping & Wire-leaf Mistletoes]
  • Boobialla (Myoporum insulare)
  • Box Mistletoe (Amyema miquelii)
  • Buloke Mistletoe (Amyema linophylla ssp. orientale)
  • Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana) (exotic to SA)
  • Desert Lime (Eremocitrus) (Citrus glauca)
  • Drooping Mistletoe (Amyema pendula ssp. pendula)
  • False Sandalwood (Myoporum platycarpum)
  • Fleshy Mistletoe (Amyema miraculosa ssp. boormanii)
  • Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)
  • Grey Mistletoe (Amyema quandang var. quandang)
  • Gum Trees and Mallee (Eucalyptus spp.) [Box Mistletoe]
  • Hard-leaf Wattle (Acacia sclerophylla)
  • Illawarra Flame-tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) (exotic to SA)
  • Kurrajong (Brachychiton populneus (exotic to SA))
  • Lacebark or White Kurrajong (Brachychiton discolor) (exotic to SA)
  • Melaleuca Mistletoe (Amyema melaleucae)
  • Mulga (Acacia aneura complex)
  • Myoporum floribundum (Myoporum floribundum)
  • Native Myrtle (Myoporum montanum)
  • Native Willow (Acacia salicina)
  • Swamp Paper-bark (Melaleuca halmaturorum) [Melaleuca Mistletoe]
  • Tea Trees (Leptospermum spp.)
  • Western Myall (Acacia papyrocarpa) [Grey Mistletoe]
  • Wire-leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii)
  • Wirilda (Acacia retinodes)

See also

Plants information
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