Fall Blooming Nectar Plants

As Monarch butterflies migrate south, as well as the many other species that migrate south in the fall, they need nectar to give them strength for their journey. What are some fall blooming nectar plants we can add to our gardens and yards?

First, consider annuals that can be planted late in the season to give a final burst of bloom before the first frost.

Zinnia - Annual  Butterfly nectar plant - Gulf Fritillary

Zinnia: butterfly nectar plant
Replant late in the season

Cosmos butterfly nectar plant Monarch butterfly

Cosmos – Annual nectar plant
Planted late in the season

Second, as soon as they are available in the fall, plant cold tolerant annuals and perennials, such as dianthus and calendula.

Dianthus - butterfly nectar plant - Black Swallowtail

Dianthus – butterfly nectar plant
Cold tolerant

Depending upon where you live, there will be plants that bloom in late fall. Check with your county agent, local nurseries, and garden clubs to find out which plants will bloom in cool fall weather.

Butterfly fall nectar plant - summer farewell - buckeye butterfly

Summer Farewell
Dalea pinnata
Zone 6a – 11

Fall nectar plants - red firecracker - monarch nectar plant

Red Firecracker
Russelia sarmentosa
Zones 8b – 11

Fall nectar plant cape honeysuckle Tecoma capensis

Cape Honeysuckle
Tecoma capensis
Zones 8b – 11

butterfly nectar plant - lemon marigold - Tagetes lemmonii - buckeye butterfly

Lemon Marigold
Tagetes lemmonii
Zones 8a – 11

Elliott's aster - butterfly nectar plant - Symphyotrichum elliottii

Elliott’s Aster
Symphyotrichum elliottii
Zones 9a – 11

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