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From 2006 to 2013 the native plant garden, aka the Butterfly Garden, consisted of a variety of flowering plants native to the northwest USA and the Willamette Valley, that serve as host plants for the larvae of butterflies found in this area, and/or as nectar sources for the adult butterflies. The garden serveed a useful role for the butterflies, and as an educational tool for learning about plant/butterfly interactions. The garden was maintained by the expert care of NABA member Lori Humphreys.

The garden was located on the east side of High St. between 27th Ave. and 28th Ave. in Eugene. It sat just west of the Amazon Community Garden in Amazon Park (see the red rectangle in the Google satellite view below).


Here is a list of some of the plants and their families that were found in the garden.

Family Ranunculaceae - Buttercups
    Red Columbine - Aquilegia formosa
    Western Buttercup - Ranunculus occidentalis

Family Berberidaceae - Barberries
    Tall Oregon grape - Berberis aquifolium
    Long-leaved Oregon grape - Berberis nervosa

Family Fumariaceae - Bleeding Hearts
    Bleeding Heart - Dicentra formosa

Family Urticaceae - Nettles
    Stinging Nettle - Urtica dioica holosericea

Family Fagaceae - Beeches
    Oregon White Oak - Quercus garryana

Family Polygonaceae - Knotweeds
    Willow Dock - Rumex salicifolius

Family Malvaceae - Mallows
    Tall Wild Checker Mallow - Sidalcea campestris
    Cusick's Checker Mallow - Sidalcea cusickii
    Henderson's Checker Mallow - Sidalcea hendersonii
    Rose Checker Mallow - Sidalcea malviflora virgata

Family Violaceae - Violets and Pansies
    Stream Violet aka Pioneer Violet - Viola glabella
    Canary Violet - Viola praemorsa

Family Salicaceae - Willows
    Scouler's Willow - Salix scouleriana

Family Brassicaceae - Crucifers
    American Winter Cress - Barbarea orthoceras
    Curvepod Yellowcress aka Western Yellowcress - Rorippa curvisiliqua

Family Ericaceae - Heaths and Heathers
    Pacific Madrone - Arbutus menziesii
    Hairy Manzanita - Arctostaphylos columbiana

Family Hydrangeaceae - Hydrangeas and Allies
    Mock Orange - Philadelphus lewisii

Family Grossulariaceae - Gooseberries and Currants
    Red-flowering Currant - Ribes sanguineum

Family Crassulaceae - Stonecrops
    Oregon Stonecrop - Sedum oreganum
    Broad-leaved Stonecrop - Sedum spathulifolium

Family Saxifragaceae - Saxifrages
    Oregon Saxifrage - Saxifraga oregana aka Micranthes oregana

Family Rosaceae - Roses
    Western Serviceberry - Amelanchier alnifolia
    Woods Strawberry - Fragaria vesca
    Large-leaved Avens - Geum macrophyllum
    Ocean Spray - Holodiscus discolor
    Osoberry aka Indian Plum - Oemleria cerasiformis
    Pacific Ninebark - Physocarpus capitatus
    Slender Cinquefoil - Potentilla gracilis
    Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana
    Nootka Rose - Rosa nutkana
    Douglas' Spiraea - Spiraea douglasii

Family Fabaceae aka Leguminosae - Legumes
    Streambank Lupine - Lupinus rivularis
    Large-leafed Lupine - Lupinus polyphyllus
    Spanish Clover - Lupinus purshianus

Family Onagraceae - Willowherbs or Evening Primroses
    Farewell-to-spring - Clarkia amoena
    Winecup Clarkia - Clarkia purpurea
    Fireweed - Epilobium angustifolium aka Chamerion angustifolium

Family Cornaceae - Dogwoods
    Red Osier Dogwood - Cornus sericea

Family Rhamnaceae - Buckthorns
    Common Buckbrush - Ceanothus cuneatus

Family Oxalidaceae - Wood Sorrels
    Oregon Wood Sorrel - Oxalis oregana

Family Geraniaceae - Geraniums and Cranesbills
    Western Geranium - Geranium oreganum

Family Apiaceae - Carrots
    Fernleaf Parsley - Lomatium dissectum
    Hall's Lomatium - Lomatium hallii
    Bare-stem Lomatium - Lomatium nudicaule
    Spring Gold - Lomatium utriculatum
    Yampah - Perideridia oregana

Family Apocynaceae - Dogbane
    Spreading Dogbane - Apocynum androsaemifolium
    Indian Hemp - Apocynum cannabinum

Family Asclepiadaceae - Milkweeds
    Showy Milkweed - Asclepias speciosa

Family Polemoniaceae - Phlox
    Globe Gilia aka Blue-headed Gilia - Gilia capitata

Family Lamiaceae - Mints
    Self Heal - Prunella vulgaris
    Rigid Hedge Nettle - Stachys rigida

Family Plantaginaceae - Plantains
    American Speedwell - Veronica americana

Family Campanulaceae - Bellflowers
    Downingia elegans - Elegant downingia aka Elegant Calicoflower

Family Caprifoliaceae - Honeysuckles
    Orange Honeysuckle - Lonicera ciliosa
    Common Snowberry - Symphoricarpos albus

Family Valerianaceae - Valerian
    Rosy Plectritis - Plectritis congesta

Family Asteraceae - Sunflowers and Allies
    Common Yarrow - Achillea millefolium
    Pearly Everlasting - Anaphalis margaritacea
    Showy Daisy - Erigeron speciosus
    Oregon Sunshine - Eriophyllum lanatum
    Willamette Valley Gumweed - Grindelia integrifolia
    Tarweed - Madia sativa
    Canada Goldenrod - Solidago canadensis
    Hall's Aster - Symphyotrichum hallii
    Douglas' Aster - Symphyotrichum subspicatum
    Narrow-leaved Mule's Ears - Wyethia angustifolia

Family Poaceae - Land Grasses
    Tufted Hair-grass - Deschampsia cespitosa
    California Fescue - Festuca californica
    Roemer's Fescue - Festuca roemeri

Family Amaryllidaceae - Amaryllis
    Narrow-leaved Onion - Allium amplectens

Family Iridaceae - Irises
    Idaho Blue-eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium idahoense

Family Asparagaceae - Asparagus and Allies
    Leichtlin's Camas - Camassia leichtlinii suksdorfii
    Small Camas - Camassia quamash


Here is a list of some of the butterflies and their families that were seen in the garden.

Family Hesperiidae - Skippers
    Subfamily Hesperiinae - Folded-winged Skippers
        The Sachem - Atalopedes c. campestris
        The Sonora Skipper - Polites sonora siris
        The Woddland Skipper - Ochlodes s. sylvanoides
        The Dun Skipper - Euphyes v. vestris

Family Papilionidae - Swallowtails and Relatives
    Subfamily Papilioninae - Swallowtails
        The Western Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio rutulus

Family Pieridae - Whites, Marbles, and Sulphurs
    Subfamily Pierinae - Whites and Marbles
        The Pine White - Neophasia m. menapia
        The Cabbage White - Pieris r. rapae

Family Lycaenidae - Gossamer-wing Butterflies
    Subfamily Lycaeninae - Coppers, Hairstreaks, and Blues
        The Gray Hairstreak - Strymon melinus atrofasciata
        The Eastern Tailed-blue - Cupido comyntas sissona

Family Nymphalidae - Brush-footed Butterflies
    Subfamily Nymhalinae - True Brushfoots
        The Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta rubria
    Subfamily Limenitidinae - Sisters and Admirals
        Lorquin's Admiral - Limenitis lorquini itelkae aka Limenitis lorquini burrisoni
    Subfamily Satyrinae - Satyrs, Browns, and Ringlets
        The Ochre Riglet - Coenonympha tullia eunomia
        The Common Wood Nymph - Cercyonis pegala ariane
    Subfamily Danainae - Milkweed Butterflies
        The Monarch - Danaus plexippus


Photos of many of the plants in the garden can be found in our photo gallery of native host and nectar plants for butterflies.

    Photographs of Native Host Plants for Butterflies

    Photographs of Native Nectar Plants for Butterflies





Western Serviceberry aka Saskatoon - Amelanchier alnifolia (Nuttall, 1847), photographed in the NABA garden in Eugene in early May, 2011. This is a host plant for the Brown Elfin and the Pale Swallowtail, and a nectar source for several species of butterflies


Page design: Donald Gudehus.

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