Roots & Wings Search and Find

The Roots & Wings Festival is Austin’s annual combined celebration of Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day. We use this time to celebrate trees, butterflies, bees, and all pollinators! Nature is soothing and healing in so many ways. We are as much a part of nature as it is a part of our lives. Nature is and has always been, here for you.

Search and Find

As you explore the Garden, be on the lookout for markers that indicate the pollinators and creatures that inhabit, pollinate, and coexist with specific plants.

A well-planned butterfly garden will not only benefit other pollinators such as bees, moths, and hummingbirds, it will also attract beneficial insects which can help balance and support your backyard ecosystem. Providing a constant bloom of flowers throughout the growing season is a key component. The plants listed here are just a few among many that will help you get started.

Bee Favorite

The flowers of these plants are used by Honey bees as well as a wide variety of native bees.

Top 10 Fall blooming Bee favorites for the Austin area.

  • Crucita – Chromolaena odorata
  • Frostweed- Verbesina virginica 
  • Golden Eye Daisy- Viguiera dentata 
  • Texas Kidneywood- Eysenhardtia texana
  • Goldenrod- Solidago sp.
  • Gayfeather- Liatris mucronata
  • Maximillian Sunflower- Helianthus maximiliani
  • Fall Aster – Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 
  • White Mistflower – Ageratina havanensis
  • Mexican Marigold Mint – Tagetes lucida        

Hummingbird Friendly

The long tubular flowers of these plants are a hummingbird favorite. Although other colors will work, red, pink, and purple are preferred.

Top 10 Fall blooming Hummingbird favorites for the Austin area.

  • Mountain Sage – Salvia regla
  • Autumn Sage – Salvia greggi
  • Mexican Bush Sage – Salvia Leucantha
  • Cypress Vine- Ipomoea quamoclit
  • Goldenrod –  Solidago sp.
  • Fall Obedient Plant – Physostegia sp.
  • Texas Kidneywood – Eysenhardtia texana
  • Morning Glory – Ipomoea sp.
  • Yellow Bells, Esperanza –Tecoma stans
  • Pride of Barbados – Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Butterfly Nectar Source

Butterflies and other pollinators use the nectar from these flowers as food.

Top 10 Fall blooming Butterfly favorites for the Austin area.

  • Crucita – Chromolaena odorata
  • Fragrant Mistflower – Ageratina havanensis
  • Mexican Marigold Mint – Tagetes lucida
  • Mexican Bush Sage – Salvia Leucantha
  • Frostweed – Verbesina virginica 
  • Goldenrod – Solidago sp.
  • Maximillian Sunflower – Helianthus maximiliani
  • Texas Lantana – Lantana urticoides
  • Texas Mountain Sage-Salvia regla
  • Narrow-Leaf Gay Feather – Liatris mucronata

Butterfly/Moth Larva Food Source

This is a host plant.  A host plant is a particular plant on which a moth or butterfly lay their eggs on so that their caterpillar larvae can get food and nourishment before forming its chrysalis or pupa.

Top 10 host plants for the Austin area.

  • Passion vine – Passiflora sp.
  • Mexican Plum – Prunus Mexicana
  • Pipevine – Aristolochia sp.
  • Milkweed – Asclepias sp.
  • Senna – Cassia sp.
  • Oak tree – Quercus sp.
  • Wafer Ash – Ptelia trifoliate
  • Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
  • Dill – Anethum graveolens
  • Parsley – Petroselinum crispum