Plants with Animal Names

Grow Your Own Zoo.

Transform your backyard into a natural sanctuary by planting Song Bird Columbine, Whirling Butterflies, Ponytail Grass and Lamb’s Ear. Or, go for something wilder by choosing Bear’s Breech, Tiger’s Jaw and Rattlesnake Master. Just select plants from this list to create your own “zoo” at home!

 

 

Perennials
Common Name Latin Name Zone
Bear’s Breech Acanthus 6
Snakeroot Actaea racemosa 4
Hummingbird Mint Agastache cana 5
Bugloss Anchusa 4
Snapdragon Antirrhinum 5
Song Bird Columbine Aquilegia 3
Wormwood Artemisia
Goatsbeard Aruncus 5
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa 5
Cowslip Caltha palustris 3
Tiger’s Jaw Chasmatophyllum masculinum 5
Snakehead, Turtle Head Chelone 3-5
Snail Seed Cocculus carolinus 5
Tickseed Coreopsis verticillata 3
Foxglove Digitalis 4
Leopard’s Bane Doronicum orientale 4
Dragonhead Dracocephalum 4-5
Fleabane Erigeron 3-4
Stork’s Bill Erodium 7
Rattlesnake Master Eryngium yuccifolium 5
Dog-toothed Violet or Trout Lily Erythronium americanum 4
White Snakeroot Eupatorium rugosum 3
Whirling Butterflies Gaura lindheimeri 5
Cranesbill Geranium 3-5
Leopard Plant Ligularia 4-5
Toadflax Linaria purpurea 5
Bird’s Foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus ‘Plenus’ 4
Catchfly Lychnis 4-5
Gooseneck Loosestrife Lysimachia clethroides 3
Monkey Flower Mimulus ringens 4
Beebalm, Horsemint Monarda 3
Lizard Tail Saururus cernuus 4
Hens and Chicks Sempervivum 4
Catchfly, Robin White Breast, Swan Lake Silene maritime 3-5
Lamb’s Ear Stachys 4
Spiderwort Tradescantia 3-4
Toad Lily Tricyrtis hirta 4
Veronica ‘Red Fox’ 4
Bird-foot Violet Viola pedata 4
Ferns
Dragon Tails Asplenium ebenoides 3
Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris 2
Grasses
Buffalo Grass Buchloe dactyloidees 4
Zebra Grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’ 5
Porcupine Grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’ 5
Ponytails Grass Nassella tenuissima ‘Ponytails’ 7
Shrubs
Butterfly Bush Buddleia
Rabbitbrush Chrysosamnus
Dogwood Cornus 3
Meadowlark Forsythia Forsythia ‘Meadowlark’ 3
Skunkbush Rhus trilobata 4
Staghorn Sumac Rhus typhina 4
Silver Buffaloberry Shepherdia argentea 2