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. Check out our Butterfly Gardening Brochure for tips and tricks on how to create the perfect butterfly habitat in your own back yard!

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Amazon Cucumber Psiguria umbrosa

Blue Porterweed Stachytarpheta frantzii

Lobster Claw

Lobster Claw Heliconia psittacorum

Canna Lily Canna indica ‘Indian Rocket’

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica

Croton Codiaeum variegatum

Fiddle Leaf Fig Ficus lyrata

Alii Fig Ficus maclellandi ‘Alii’

Hibiscus (single red) Hibiscus rosa-sinensis variegata

Lemon Lime Corn Palm Dracaena fragrans ‘Lemon Lime’

Golden Bamboo Bambusa multiplex ‘Golden Goddess’

Neon Pothos Epipremnum pinnatum ‘Neon’

Variegated Pothos Epipremnum aureum

Corn Palm Dracaena fragrans

Norfolk Island Pine Araucaria heterophylla

Black Olive Bucida buceras

Burmese Fish Tail Palm Caryota mitis

Shrimp Plant Justicia brandegeana

Spicy Jatropha Jatropha integerrima

Swiss Cheese Plant Monstera deliciosa

Lantana Lantana camara ‘Confetti’

Lantana Lantana camara ‘Citrus Blend’

Lakeview Jasmine Murraya paniculata

Lady Palm Rhapis excelsa

Hawaiian Schefflera Schefflera arboricola

White Bird of Paradise Strelitzia nicholai

Queen’s Wreath Petrea volubilis

Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema ‘Creta’

Red Ginger Alpinia purpurata

Amazon Mask Alocasia amazonica

Upright Elephant Ears Alocasia odora

Bird’s Nest Fern Asplenium nidus

Pink Ginger Alpinia purpurata ‘Pink’

Variegated Ginger Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’

Paper Flower Bougainvillea spectabilis ‘Pink’

Angel Wing Begonia Begonia x coralline

Flamingo Flower Anthurium andreanum

Chenille Plant Acalypha hispida

Golden Trumpet Allamanda cathartica

Firecracker Flower Crossandra infundibuliformis

Starfruit Averrhoa carambola

Umbrella Tree Brassaia actinophylla

Lemon Tree Citrus limon ‘Eureka’

Peacock Plant Calathea roseoptica

Areca Palm

Areca Palm Chrysolidocarpus lutescens

Glory Bower Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Navel Orange Tree Citrus sinensis ‘Navel’

Grapefruit Tree Citrus x paradisi ‘Variegata’

Violet Stem Taro Colocasia esculenta ‘Fontanesii’

Glory Bower Clerodendrum thomsoniae’Delectrum’

Narrow-leaved Croton Codiaeum variegatum ‘Gold Dust’

Taro Colocasia esculenta

Ti Plant Cordyline fruiticosa ‘Florica’

Dragon Tree Dracaena marginata

Umbrella Plant Cyperus alternifolius ‘Gracilis’

Oleander Nerium oleander ‘Amoena’

Sky Flower Duranta erecta

Tricolour Dragon Tree Dracaena marginata ‘Tricolour’

Variegated Pleomele Dracaena reflexa

Rubber Tree Ficus elastica

White Poinsettia Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Alba’

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Weeping Fig Ficus benjamina [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Strangler Fig Ficus sumatrana [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Rubber Tree Ficus elastica ‘Burgundy’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Sacred Fig Ficus religiosa [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

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Creeping Fig Ficus pumila [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Mexican Fire Bush Hamelia patens  [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Hibiscus (single pink) Hibiscus rosa-sinensis [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Heliotrope Heliotropium arborescens [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Hibiscus (single orange) Hibiscus rosa-sinensis [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Kentia Palm Howea foresteriana [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

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Hibiscus (single yellow) Hibiscus rosa-sinensis [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Flame of the Woods Ixora coccinea ‘Maui Red’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Moonflower Ipomoea alba [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Arabian Jasmine Jasminum sambac [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Mandevilla Mandevilla boliviensis [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Kimberly Queen Fern Nephrolepis obliterata ‘Kimberly Queen’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Boston Fern Nephrolepis exaltata’Bostoniensis’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Dumb Cane Dieffenbachia seguine ‘Amoena’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

White Champaca Michelia alba [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Cork-Barked Passion Vine Passiflora suberosa [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Two-Flowered Passion Vine Passiflora biflora [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Egyptian Star Cluster Penta lanceolata [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Bat-Leaved Passion Vine Passiflora coreacea ‘Pink’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Money Plant Pachira aquatica [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Philodendron ‘Moonlight’ Philodendron x hybrida’Moonlight’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Philodendron ‘Imperial Red’ Philodendron x hybrida ‘Imperial Red’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Leadwort Plumbago auriculata [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Tree Philodendron Philodendron selloum ‘Hope’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Pygmy Date Palm Phoenix roebelenii [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Blue Crisp Fern Polypodium aureum [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

West Indian Jasmine Plumeria rubra [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Buddhist Pine Podocarpus macrophyllus [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Coleus Solenostemon scutellaroides [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Balfour Aralia Polyscias balfouriana [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Weeping Fig Ficus benjamina [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Red Porterweed Stachytarpheta sanguinea [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Peace Lily Spathiphyllum ‘Sensation’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Peace Lily Spathiphyllum ‘Supreme’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Vietnamese Ivy Tetrastigma voinierianum [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Hawaiian Wedding Flower Stephanotis floribunda [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Christmas Palm Veitchia merrillii [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Pink Trumpet Tree Tabebuia rosea [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Yellow Alder Turnera ulmifolia [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]Snake Plant

Snake Plant Sanseveriera trifasciata’Laurentii’ [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Yucca Cane Yucca aloifolia [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

ZZ Plant Zamiaculcas zamiifolia [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

Persian Shield Strobilanthes dyerianus [end-div]