Did you know that every third bite of food you take is the result of services provided by pollinators such as butterflies, bees, wasps, moths, bats and hummingbirds?

Pollinators visit flowers to drink nectar or collect pollen for food. As they move from flower to flower, they transport and deposit pollen that is necessary for the production of seeds and fruits. Our butterfly gardens incorporate annual and perennial plants that serve as sources of food and shelter for pollinator species.

There are two butterfly gardens within Mead Botanical Garden. One is located between the Grove performance pavilion and the pole barn, northeast of the Discovery Barn. The other is located to the north of Alice’s Pond, next to the Winter Park Garden Club. (You may also encounter butterflies and other pollinators in the native plant garden on the west end of the Discovery Barn.)

Here are some of the flowering plants you may see in the butterfly gardens:

Milkweed (Asclepias spp.)
Corkystem passionvine (Passiflora suberosa)
Lady Margaret passionvine (Passiflora spp.)
Black & Blue salvia (Salvia guaranitica)
Mystic Spire salvia (Salvia longispicata x farinacea)
Red Cardinal salvia (Salvia fulgens)
Shrimpplant (Justicia brandegeeana)
Firespike (Odontonema cuspidatum)
Firebush (Hamelia patens)
Sweet almond (Aloysia virgata)
Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
White honeysuckle (Lonicera albiflora)
Jatropha spp.
Pentas spp.
African bush daisy (Euryops chrysanthemoides)
Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)
Violet (Viola spp.)
Duranta spp.
Dogwood (Cornus spp.)
Bulbine spp.