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Painted Lady Butterfly - Vanessa cardui

The Painted Lady Butterfly will rest on the ground or on flowers to get a drink of nectar to keep them going. Painted Lady Butterflies come into the yard's adjacent to weedy lots commonly in the Spring. They thrive on a wide variety of plant material including a number of plants in the hibiscus family and aster family, particularly thistles, hence the other common name for Vanessa cardui, Thistle Butterfly. One of the larger Genera of thistles is Carduus.

Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady Butterfly sipping nectar from a freeway daisy. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants to include in your Butterfly Garden from the hibiscus and aster families to attract the Painted Lady Butterfly:
Abronia villosa * Desert Sand Verbena, Hairy Sand Verbena
Achillea Apple Blossom
Achillea Cerise Queen
Achillea clavennae
Achillea filipendulina Coronation Gold
Achillea Hoffnung
Achillea kellereri
Achillea lanulosa
Achillea Moonshine
Achillea Paprika
Achillea Pomegranate
Achillea ptarmica
Achillea Salmon Beauty
Achillea Sonoma Coast
Achillea Terracotta
Achillea The Beacon
Achillea tomentosa
Alyogyne hakeifolia * Red Centered Hibiscus
Alyogyne Monterey Bay * Monterey Bay Blue Hibiscus
Alyogyne Santa Cruz * Santa Cruz Blue Hibiscus
Anchusa capensis * Summer Forget Me Not
Anisodontea hypomandarum * Cape Mallow
Anisodontea Tara's Wonder * Tara's Wonder Cape Mallow
Arctotis acaulis Torch Purple
Arctotis gumbletonii
Arctotis Pink Sugar
Arctotis Sun Spot Orange
Argyranthemum Chelsea Girl * Chelsea Girl Silver Marguerite, Chelsea Girl Paris Daisy
Argyranthemum Madeira Cherry Red * Madeira Cherry Red Marguerite, Madeira Cherry Red Paris Daisy
Argyranthemum Silver Lady * Silver Lady Marguerite, Silver Lady Paris Daisy
Asteriscus maritimus
Asteriscus sericeus
Beloperone californica * Chuparosa
Beloperone californica Tecate Gold * Tecate Gold Chuparosa
Camissonia boothii condensata * Booth's Evening Primrose, Woody Bottle Washer
Catananche caerulea * Cupid's Dart
Centaurea cyanus * Bachelor's Button
Centaurea gymnocarpa * Pink Dusty Miller
Centaurea montana * Perennial Bachelor's Button, Mountain Bluet
Chaenactis artemisiifolia * White Pincushion
Chrysactinia mexicana * Damianita
Chrysothamnus nauseosus * Rabbit Brush
Cirsium occidentale * Cobwebby Thistle
Coreopsis bigelovii * Bigelow's Coreopsis, Desert Coreopsis
Cosmos atrosanguineus * Chocolate Cosmos
Cosmos sulphureus * Sulfur Cosmos
Dahlia imperialis Tree Dahlia
Encelia californica * California Brittlebush, Coast Sunflower
Encelia farinosa * Brittlebush
Encelia Paleo Yellow * Paleo Yellow Brittlebush
Eremothera boothii condensata * Booth's Evening Primrose, Woody Bottle Washer
Ericameria linearifolia * Narrowleaf Goldenbush
Ericameria nauseosa * Rabbit Brush
Erigeron argentatus * Silver Fleabane
Erigeron glaucus Bountiful * Bountiful Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus Sea Breeze * Sea Breeze Seaside Daisy, Pink Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus Wayne Roderick * Wayne Roderick Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus White Lights * White Lights Seaside Daisy
Erigeron karvinskianus * Santa Barbara Daisy, Mexican Daisy
Erigeron speciosus * Aspen Fleabane, Showy Fleabane, Oregon Fleabane
Eriophyllum confertiflorum * Golden Yarrow
Eriophyllum staechadifolium * Seaside Golden Yarrow
Euryops virgineus * Honey Euryops
Gaillardia aristata Arizona Apricot Arizona Apricot Blanketflower
Gaillardia grandiflora Blanketflower
Geraea canescens * Hairy Desert Sunflower
Gnaphalium californicum * Pearly Everlasting
Grindelia camporum * Great Valley Gumweed, Great Valley Gump Plant
Hibiscus lasiocarpos * Wooly Rose Mallow
Justicia californica * Chuparosa
Justicia californica Tecate Gold * Tecate Gold Chuparosa
Lasthenia californica * Goldfields
Lavatera assurgentifolia * Tree Mallow, Island Mallow
Lavatera Barnsley Baby
Lavatera bicolor * Bush Mallow
Lavatera purisima * Purisima Tree Mallow
Lavatera trimestris Pink Blush * Annual Mallow
Layia platyglossa * Tidy Tips
Leptosyne bigelovii
Leucanthemum superbum Shasta Daisy
Malacothamnus davidsonii * Davidson's Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus fasciculatus * Chaparral Bush Mallow
Malacothrix glabrata * Desert Dandylion
Malvaviscus arboreus * Turks Cap
Osteospermum Blue Eyed Beauty * Blue Eyed Beauty African Daisy
Osteospermum ecklonis Spider White * Spider White African Daisy
Osteospermum fruticosum * Freeway Daisy
Pavonia missionum * Red Mallow
Pavonia praemorsa * Yellow Mallow
Rafinesquia neomexicana * Desert Chicory, New Mexico Plumeseed
Ratibida columnifera * Mexican Hat Flower, Upright Prarie Coneflower
Rudbeckia Tiger Eye * Black Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy
Salvia Allen Chickering * Allen Chickering Sage
Salvia apiana * White Sage
Salvia brandegeei * Brandegee's Sage, Santa Rosa Island Sage
Salvia carduacea * Thistle Sage
Salvia clevelandii * Cleveland Sage
Salvia Desperado * Desperado Sage
Salvia dorrii dorrii * Purple Desert Sage
Salvia leucophylla Amethyst Bluff * Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla Bee's Bliss * Bee's Bliss Sage
Salvia leucophylla Point Sal Spreader * Point Sal Spreader Purple Sage
Salvia mellifera * Black Sage
Salvia mellifera Green Carpet * Green Carpet Creeping Sage
Salvia mellifera Skylark * Skylark Sage
Salvia mellifera Terra Seca * Dwarf Black Sage
Salvia munzii * San Diego Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia munzii Emerald Cascade * San Miguel Mountain Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia Winnifred Gilman * Winnifred Gilman Sage
Senecio confusus * Mexican Flame Vine
Solidago californica * California Goldenrod
Sphaeralcea ambigua * Desert Globemallow, Apricot Mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua Louis Hamilton * Louis Hamilton Apricot Mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua rosacea * Rose Globemallow, Rosy Apricot Mallow
Sphaeralcea fulva de luna * La Luna Globemallow
Spaeralcea phillippiana * Trailing Globemallow
Stokesia Blue Danube
Stokesia Peachies Pink
Stokesia Purple Parasols
Tagetes lemmonii * Bush Marigold
Tagetes lucida * Mexican Tarragon
Venegasia carpesioides * Canyon Sunflower