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This abundantly illustrated volume enables you to select from a complete list of well described perennial nectar plants that are known to attract & feed Monarch butterflies. Over 40 genera are described that are suitable to be grown...
Butterflies in Mind -- Perennials
Susan C. Dunlap
Butterflies in Mind - Perennials. This book is a definitive guide to perennial nectar plants preferred by US butterflies. It empowers you to feed, attract, support (and help identify) nectar-feeding butterflies that reside in the US....

Glandora diffusa ‘Pete's Favorite’

Family: Boraginaceae

Synonym: Lithodora diffusa pete's favorite

Native to: Northwestern France, Southwestern Europe


Type: perennial

Forms: clumping, mounding, open form, prostrate, spreading

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 1 foot

Max width: 4 feet


white/off white




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly

Plant features: evergreen

Exposure: part shade, sun

Landscape uses: container, ground cover

Propagates by: cutting

flowers in spring

flowers in summer

Soil type: well drained

USDA Zones: zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: 0 to +30 °F

Water: moderate

  • Lithodora diffusa 'pete's favorite' 2
  • Lithodora diffusa 'pete's favorite' 3 2
  • Lithodora diffusa 'pete's favorite' 3 3
  • Lithodora diffusa 'pete's favorite' 3
  • Lithodora diffusa 'pete's favorite'

Glandora is a genus comprised of 7 species and is in the Boraginaceae family. Glandora diffusa is a cultivated shrub, that grows from seed or cutting in Zones 7-9. It grows to ½ foot tall and prefers moderate watering.

‘Pete’s Favorite' is white flowering and grows to 1’high x 4’wide.
'Grace Ward' is blue flowering and grows to ½ foot high x 4.5’ wide.
'Heavenly Blue' is also blue flowering and grows to ½ foot x 4.5’ wide.

Euphydryas chalcedona, CHALCEDON CHECKERSPOT will feed on plants in this family.

Container plants that attract adult butterflies - perennial

This plant is one of 186 perennials suitable to grow in a container that will attract adult butterflies. 38 of these plants attract birds and 67 attract specific butterfly species. They can be found in every height range – from tiny to large – from less than a foot high to over 10 feet tall. 19 of these plants are drought tolerant, more than 80 are available for dry or moderate watering conditions. 29 are deciduous, while 71 are evergreen. Some can grow in Zone 2, while the others grow in Zones 3-11. 178 perennial plants that attract butterflies and can be grown in containers in Zone 9. 77 can be used as cut flowers. They come in any one of the available flower colors.

We have found that, when given a choice, butterflies and bees frequent named species more often than cultivars. You may want to keep this in mind when you select plants for your garden if your goal is to attract and support these insects.

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