Butterflies in Mind -- Zinnia
Susan C. Dunlap
A collection of 50 images as if seen from a butterfly’s point of view. Includes the names of native Zinnia species and the most complete list of US butterflies that will feed on Zinnia blossoms.
Butterflies in Mind -- Asclepias
Susan C. Dunlap
“Milkweed is the single most important plant for Monarch butterflies. This lavishly illustrated book contains details about the structure and cultivation of native Milkweeds, information about the 139 nectar-feeding butterflies they...
Butterflies in Mind -- Monarch
Susan C. Dunlap
This abundantly illustrated volume enables you to select from a complete list of well described perennial nectar plants that are known to attract & feed Monarch butterflies. Over 40 genera are described that are suitable to be grown...
Butterflies in Mind -- Perennials
Susan C. Dunlap
Butterflies in Mind - Perennials. This book is a definitive guide to perennial nectar plants preferred by US butterflies. It empowers you to feed, attract, support (and help identify) nectar-feeding butterflies that reside in the US....

Cirsium muticum
(sold as Thistle)

Family: Compositae

Common name: SWAMP THISTLE





Attracts wildlife: specific butterfly species

Butterflies that feed on this plant

Abaeis nicippe

Achalarus albociliatus

Achalarus lyciades

Achlyodes pallida

Achlyodes thraso

Aglais milberti

Agraulis vanillae

Anaea andria

Ancyloxypha numitor

Anteos clorinde

Anthocharis sara

Aphrissa statira

Apodemia mormo

Apodemia virgulti

Ascia monuste

Asterocampa celtis

Asterocampa clyton

Astraptes fulgerator

Atalopedes campestris

Atrytone arogos

Atrytone deleware

Atrytonopsis deva

Atrytonopsis edwardsi

Atrytonopsis hianna

Atrytonopsis lunus

Atrytonopsis pittacus

Atrytonopsis python

Atrytonopsis vierecki

Autochton cellus

Battus philenor

Boloria epithore

Boloria selene

Brephidium exilis

Celastrina lucia

Cercyonis meadi

Cercyonis oetus

Cercyonis pegala

Cercyonis sthenele

Chioides catillus

Colias christina

Colias occidentalis

Colias philodice

Copaeodes minima

Danaus gilippus

Danaus plexippus

Dione moneta

Emesis zela

Epargyreus clarus

Eresia aveyrona subsp. mylitta

Erynnis horatius

Euchloe ausonides

Euphydryas phaeton

Euphyes dion

Euphyes pilatka

Euptychia pyracmon

Eurema mexicana

Glutophrissa drusilla

Heliopetes ericetorum

Hesperia attalus

Hesperia comma

Hesperia comma subsp. colorado

Hesperia uncas

Hylephila phyleus

Icaricia icarioides

Leptotes marina

Lerema accius

Lerodea eufala

Limenitis archippus

Lon melane

Lon taxiles

Lon zabulon

Mastor aenus

Mastor aesculapius

Mastor carolina

Mastor cassus

Mastor celia

Mastor celia subsp. belli

Mastor elissa

Mastor exoteria

Mastor fimbriata

Mastor texanae

Mastor vialis

Neophasia menapia

Ochlodes snowi

Ochlodes sylvanoides

Ochlodes sylvanoides subsp. yuma

Oligoria maculata

Panoquina ocola

Papilio cresphontes

Papilio eurymedon

Papilio glaucus

Papilio machaon

Papilio machaon subsp. bairdii

Papilio multicaudata

Papilio polyxenes

Papilio rogeri

Papilio rutulus

Papilio troilus

Papilio xuthus

Papilio zelicaon

Phoebis agarithe

Phoebis sennae

Pieris marginalis

Pieris napi

Pieris rapae

Piruna pirus

Piruna polingii

Poanes aaroni

Poanes massasoit

Poanes viator

Poladryas minuta

Polites coras

Pontia protodice

Protographium marcellus

Pyrrhopyge araxes

Speyeria adiaste

Speyeria atlantis

Speyeria callippe

Speyeria coronis

Speyeria cybele

Speyeria nokomis

Speyeria zerene

Thespieus macareus

Thorybes pylades

Thymelicus lineola

Vanessa atalanta

Vanessa cardui

Vernia verna

Wallengrenia otho

Yvretta carus

Zerene eurydice

Far and away the most appealing nectar plant for US butterflies is Cirsium. Our current butterfly nectar plant database contains 614 entries for this genus which represents 156 US butterfly species. If this were a garden plant, the butterfly species count would be even higher.

It can grow in Zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10