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Butterfly Host Plants

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa). The host plant of the Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius).


Cusick's Checkermallow (Sidalcea cusickii). A host plant for the West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella), Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus), and American Lady (suspected) (Vanessa virginiensis).


Kincaid's Lupine (Lupinus sulphureus kincaidii ). This is the host plant for the endangered Fender's Blue (Icaricia icarioides fenderi).


Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa). This is the host plant for Monarchs (Danaus plexippus).


Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor). This is a host plant for Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini), Spring Azure (Celastrina echo), Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus), and Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon).


Rosy Checkermallow (Sidalcea virgata). A host plant for the West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) and Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis)


Slender Cinquefoil (Potentilla gracilis). It is a possible host plant for the Purplish copper (Lycaena helloides) and Two-banded Checkered Skipper (Pyrgis ruralis).


Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica). This is a host plant for the Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella), Satyr Anglewing (Polygonia satyrus), and Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis milberti).


Stream Lupine (Lupinus rivularis). This is a possible host plant for the Western Tailed Blue (Everes amyntula).


Tall Wild Checkermallow (Sidalcea campestris). A host plant for the West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella), Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus), and American Lady (suspected) (Vanessa virginiensis).


Woods Strawberry (Fragaria vesca). A host plant for the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and a possible host plant for Two-banded Checkeered Skippers (Pyrgus ruralis).


Photographs of Native Nectar Plants for Butterflies



Photographs: Donald Gudehus; Descriptions: Ellie Ryan

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