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Plant Lists

This guide organizes, categorizes and provides information about plants from the Maricopa Native Seed Library.

About nectar plants

Nectar is a sweet substance produced by some plants that attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies. In our Sonoran desert, pollinators can include birds, butterflies, bees, moths, bats and others animals.

If you are looking to attract butterflies remember that nectar plants are only part of the equation and that host plants for their caterpillars (larvae) should also be included. Watch for more content to be added about how to attract pollinators and other wildlife to your home landscapes. 

Below is a list of nectar plants that can be obtained at the seed library as well as links to other information about nectar plants.

Thistle with Black Swallowtail

Black swallowtail butterfly nectaring at New
Mexico thistle, Danielle Carlock 


Other nectar plant lists and information