Butterfly host plant ?
This year I'm really trying to get some of the bigger shrubs and small trees that serve as butterfly host plants.
For those with more established gardens, I would like to get your feedback on the list below. Specifically I would like to know if the butterflies are present for the host plants listed or if there are plants that you feel are more essential for a population that is already present.
I have to admit that one or two of the choices were made with a few arbitrary irrational wants in mind.
Lindera benzoin 3 to 4
Magnolia virginiana 1
Asimina triloba 3-5 everybody needs a pawpaw patch
Aesculus parviflora 1
Aesculus parva 1
Illicium floridanum 1 or 2
Ptelea trifoliata (this is iffy due to space)1?
What other host plants do you find essential for central Jersey? And how do these rate with you?