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Guide to Plants of the Conservatory

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is home to a vast collection of over 100 species of exotic plants. The horticulture team strives to provide a wide variety of flowering plants that provide both nectar and pollen as natural food sources for the live free flying tropical butterflies. The collection also includes attractive foliage plants which offer night time roosting habitat for the butterflies.

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Amazon Cucumber
Amazon Cucumber
Psiguria umbrosa
Blue Porterweed
Blue Porterweed
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Blue Porterweed
Blue Porterweed
Stachytarpheta urticifolia
Lobster Claw
Lobster Claw
Heliconia psittacorum
Canna Lily
Canna Lily
Canna indica 'Indian Rocket'
Tropical Milkweed
Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
Croton
Croton
Codiaeum variegatum
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ficus lyrata
Alii Fig
Alii Fig
Ficus Maclellandi 'Alii'
Hibiscus
Hibiscus (single red)
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis variegata
Lemon Lime Corn Palm
Lemon Lime Corn Palm
Dracaena fragrans 'Lemon Lime'
Golden Bamboo
Golden Bamboo
Bambusa multiplex 'Golden Goddess'
Neon Pothos
Neon Pothos
Epipremnum pinnatum 'Neon'
Variegated Pothos
Variegated Pothos
Epipremnum aureum
Corn Palm
Corn Palm
Dracaena fragrans
Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Island Pine
Araucaria heterophylla
Black Olive
Black Olive
Bucida Buceras
Burmese Fish Tail Palm
Burmese Fish Tail Palm
Caryota mitis
Shrimp Plant
Shrimp Plant
Justicia brandegeeana
Impatiens
Impatiens (single red)
Impatiens walleriana
Spicy Jatropha
Spicy Jatropha
Jatropha integerrima
Swiss Cheese Plant
Swiss Cheese Plant
Monstera deliciosa
Lantana
Lantana
Lantana camara 'Confetti'
Lantana
Lantana
Lantana camara 'Citrus Blend'
Lakeview Jasmine
Lakeview Jasmine
Murraya paniculata
Lady Palm
Lady Palm
Rhapis excelsa
Hawaiian Schefflera
Hawaiian Schefflera
Schefflera arboricola
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Strelitzia nicholai
Purple Wreath
Purple Wreath
Petrea volubilis 'Silver Queen'
Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema 'Creta'
Red Ginger
Red Ginger
Alpinia purpurata
Amazon Mask
Amazon Mask
Alocasia amazonica
Upright Elephant Ears
Upright Elephant Ears
Alocasia odora
Bird's Nest Fern
Bird's Nest Fern
Asplenium Nidus
Pink Ginger
Pink Ginger
Alpinia purpurata 'Pink'
Shell Flower
Shell Flower
Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'
Paper Flower
Paper Flower
Bougainvillea spectabilis 'Pink'
Angel Wing Begonia
Angel Wing Begonia
Begonia semperflorens
Dragon Wing Begonia
Dragon Wing Begonia
Begonia semperflorens
Flamingo Flower
Flamingo Flower
Anthurium andreanum
Chenille Plant
Chenille Plant
Acalypha hispida
Golden Trumpet
Golden Trumpet
Allamanda cathartica
Firecracker Flower
Firecracker Flower
Crossandra infundibuliformis
Averrhoa carambola
Starfruit
Averrhoa carambola
Umbrella Tree
Umbrella Tree
Brassaia actinophylla
Lemon Tree
Lemon Tree
Citrus limon 'Eureka'
Peacock Plant
Peacock Plant
Calathea roseoptica
Areca Palm
Areca Palm
Chrysolidocarpus lutescens
Glory Bower
Glory Bower
Clerodendrum thomsoniae
Navel Orange Tree
Navel Orange Tree
Citrus sinensis 'Navel'
Grapefruit Tree
Grapefruit Tree
Citrus x paradisi 'Variegata'
Violet Stem Taro
Violet Stem Taro
Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'
Glory Bower
Glory Bower
Clerodendrum thomsoniae 'Delectrum'
Narrow-leaved Croton
Narrow-leaved Croton
Codiaeum variegatum 'Gold Dust'
Jade
Jade
Crassula ovata
Taro
Taro
Colocasia esculenta
Ti Plant
Ti Plant
Cordyline fruiticosa 'Florica'
Dragon Tree
Dragon Tree
Dracaena marginata
Umbrella Plant
Umbrella Plant
Cyperus alternifolius 'Gracilis'
Oleander
Oleander
Nerium Oleander 'Amoena'
Sky Flower
Sky Flower
Duranta erecta
Tricolour Dragon Tree
Tricolour Dragon Tree
Dracaena marginata 'Tricolour'
Pleomele
Variegated Pleomele
Dracaena reflexa
Rubber Tree
Rubber Tree
Ficus elastica
White Poinsettia
White Poinsettia
Euphorbia pulcherrima 'Alba'
Weeping Fig
Weeping Fig
Ficus benjamina
Strangler Fig
Strangler Fig
Ficus sumatrana
Rubber Tree
Rubber Tree
Ficus elastica 'Burgundy'
Sacred Fig
Sacred Fig
Ficus religiosa
English Ivy
English Ivy
Hedera Helix
Creeping Fig
Creeping Fig
Ficus pumila
Fire Bush
Fire Bush
Hamelia patens 'Variegata'
Pink Hibiscus
Hibiscus (single pink)
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Heliotrope
Heliotrope
Heliotropium arborescens
Hibiscus
Hibiscus (single orange)
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Kentia Palm
Kentia Palm
Howea foresteriana
Hibiscus
Hibiscus (double pink)
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Hibiscus
Hibiscus (single yellow)
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Flame of the Woods
Flame of the Woods
Ixora coccinea 'Maui Red'
Moonflower
Moonflower
Ipomoea alba
Sweet Potato Vine
Sweet Potato Vine
Ipomoea batatus
Arabian Jasmine
Arabian Jasmine
Jasminum sambac
Mandevilla
Mandevilla
Mandevilla boliviensis
Kimberly Queen Fern
Kimberly Queen Fern
Nephrolepis obliterata 'Kimberly Queen'
Boston Fern
Boston Fern
Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis'
Dumb Cane
Dumb Cane
Dieffenbachia seguine 'Amoena'
Michelia alba
White Champaca
Michelia alba
Cork-Barked Passion Vine
Cork-Barked Passion Vine
Passiflora suberosa
Shamrock Plant
Shamrock Plant
Oxalis regnellii
Two-Flowered Passion Vine
Two-Flowered Passion Vine
Passiflora biflora
Egyptian Star Cluster
Egyptian Star Cluster
Penta lanceolata
Bat-Leaved Passion Vine
Bat-Leaved Passion Vine
Passiflora coreacea 'Pink'
Money Plant
Money Plant
Pachira aquatica
Philodendron 'Moonlight'
Philodendron 'Moonlight'
Philodendron x hybrida 'Moonlight'
Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema commutatum 'Silver Queen'
Philodendron 'Talamancea'
Philodendron 'Talamancea'
Philodendron x hybrida 'Imperial Red'
Leadwort
Leadwort
Plumbago auriculata
Tree Philodendron
Tree Philodendron
Philodendron selloum 'Hope'
Pygmy Date Palm
Pygmy Date Palm
Phoenix roebelenii
Blue Crisp Fern
Blue Crisp Fern
Polypodium aureum
West Indian Jasmine
West Indian Jasmine
Plumeria rubra
Buddhist Pine
Buddhist Pine
Podocarpus macrophyllus
Coleus
Coleus
Solenostemon scutellaroides
Balfour Aralia
Balfour Aralia
Polyscias balfouriana
Weeping Fig
Weeping Fig
Ficus benjamina
Red Porterweed
Red Porterweed
Stachytarpheta sanguinea
Peace Lily
Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum 'Sensation'
Peace Lily
Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum 'Supreme'
Vietnamese Ivy
Vietnamese Ivy
Tetrastigma voinierianum
Madagascar Jasmine
Madagascar Jasmine
Stephanotis floribunda
Streptocarpella
Streptocarpella
Streptocarpella saxorum
Christmas Palm
Christmas Palm
Veitchia merrillii
Pink Trumpet Tree
Pink Trumpet Tree
Tabebuia rosea
Yellow Alder
Yellow Alder
Turnera ulmifolia
Snake Plant
Snake Plant
Sanseveriera trifasciata 'Laurentii'
Yucca Cane
Yucca Cane
Yucca aloifolia
ZZ Plant
ZZ Plant
Zamiaculcas zamiifolia
Persian Shield
Persian Shield
Strobilanthes dyerianus