Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of the LRGV

Te following table lists the growing group of plants that have been suggested and reviewed by butterfly gardeners in the LRGV.

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Check back often, the LRGV Garden Guide is currently under construction. More trees, shrubs and vines will be added to the table below in the coming months.


English Name

Scientific Name

Plant Type

Caterpillar Food Plant for:

Berlandier Acacia Acacia berlandieri Shrub Long-tailed Skipper
Corkystem Passionflower Passiflora suberosa Vine Gulf Fritillary, Julia Heliconian, Zebra Heliconian
Faux Persil Balloon vine Cardiospermum corindum Vine Gray Hairstreak, Miami Blue, Silver-banded Hairstreak
Guayacan Guaiacum angustifolium Tree Lyside Suphur
Lime Pricklyash Zanthoxylum fagara shrub or tree Giant Swallowtail, Northern Sicklewing, Schaus' Swallowtail
Spiny Hackberry Celtis pallida Large Shrub or Tree Emperors, American Snout, Red-bordered Metalmark
Sugarberry Celtis laevigata Tree American Snout, Question Mark, Tawny Emperor, Hackberry Emperor, Mourning Cloak
Texas Lantana Lantana urticoides Shrub Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak

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