Butterfly Garden at the Cape Coral Public Library
Members of the Garden Club of Cape Coral maintain the award winning Butterfly Garden at the Cape Coral Public Library. The library has a special, gated garden they have designated for butterflies and have given the care of this garden to our garden club. Our goal is to provide a healthy, inviting environment for butterflies and to encourage library visitors to observe and learn more about them and the plants they prefer.
To help visitors identify key plants, 50 plants are labeled with name tags. Some of these are "host" plants, on which butterflies lay their eggs and feed their caterpillars. Each butterfly only lays eggs on their host plant or family of host plants.
Butterflies and Their Host Plants
|Butterfly||Host Plant||Plant Scientific Name|
|Monarch||Tropical milkweed||Asclepias currasavica|
|Sulfur (yellow)||Cassia Bushes||Senna Bahamensis, other sennas|
|Zebra Longwing||Passion vine||Passifloraceae|
|Gulf Fritillary||Passion vine||Passifloraceae|
|Black Swallowtail||Fennel & Parsley herbs||Foeniculum vulgare & Petroselinum crispum|
|Giant Swallowtail||Wild lime tree||Zanthoxylum fagara|
|Cassius Blue||Plumbago||Plumbago auriculata|