Native Here Nursery
a project of California Native Plant Society

101 Golf Course Dr.  Berkeley, CA 94708
510/549-0211

Plants We Grow and Bay Area Butterflies that Use Them

Prepared from material gathered by Jeff Caldwell
revised by Margot Cunningham 6/02

Common Name Scientific Name Butterfly  
Maple Acer spp. Western Tiger Swallowtail  
Yarrow Achillea millefolium Painted Lady  
Buckeye Aesculus californica nectar  
Buckeye Aesculus californica Spring Azure  
Buckeye Aesculus californica Echo Blue  
Pearly Everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea American Painted Lady  
Pearly Everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea Painted Lady  
Carrot Family Apiaceae Anise Swallowtail  
Madrone Arbutus menziesii Western Brown Elfin  
Mugwort Artemisia douglassii American Painted Lady  
Narrowleaf Milkweed Asclepias fascicularis nectar  
Milkweeds Asclepias spp. Monarch  
Aster Aster chilensis Field Crescent  
Aster Aster chilensis nectar  
Aster Aster spp. Northern Checkerspot  
Sunflower Family Asteraceae American Painted Lady  
Sunflower Family Asteraceae Field Crescent  
Sunflower Family Asteraceae nectar  
Coyote brush Bacharis pilularis nectar  
Winter cress Barbarea orthoceras Common White  
Winter cress Barbarea orthoceras Large Marble  
Winter cress Barbarea orthoceras nectar  
Winter cress Barbarea orthoceras Sara Orange Tip  
Mustard Family Brassicaceae Cabbage Butterfly  
Mustard Family Brassicaceae California White  
Mustard Family Brassicaceae Common White  
Mustard Family Brassicaceae Cloudless Sulfur  
Mustard Family Brassicaceae Mustard White  
Mustard Family Brassicaceae Large Marble  
Mustard Family Brassicaceae Sara Orange Tip  
California Brome Bromus carinatus Umber Skipper  
Indian Paintbrush Castilleja spp. Common Checkerspot  
Indian Paintbrush Castilleja spp. Leanira Checkerspot  
Indian Paintbrush Castilleja spp. Luesther’s Checkerspot  
Indian Paintbrush Castilleja spp. Northern Checkerspot  
Wild Lilac Ceanothus spp. nectar  
Wild Lilac Ceanothus spp. California Hairstreak  
Wild Lilac Ceanothus spp. Echo Blue  
Wild Lilac Ceanothus spp. Western Brown Elfin  
Wild Lilac Ceanothus spp. Pale Swallowtail  
Wild Lilac Ceanothus spp. Hedgerow Hairstreak  
Wild Lilac Ceanothus spp. California Tortoiseshell  
Soap Plant Chlorogalum pomeridianum Western Brown Elfin  
Thistle Cirsium spp. Field Crescent  
Thistle Cirsium spp. Painted Lady  
Thistles Cirsium spp. nectar  
Clematis Clematis spp. nectar  
Dogwood Cornus spp. Spring Azure  
California Oatgrass Danthonia californica Lindsey’s Skipper  
Tufted Hairgrass Deschampsia caespitosa Umber Skipper  
Blue Dicks Dichelostemma nectar  
Shooting Star Dodecatheon spp. Gray Blue  
Dudleya Dudleya spp. Sonoran Blue  
Elymus (grass) Elymus spp. Woodland Skipper  
Fireweed Epilobium California Dogface  
Naked Buckwheat Eriogonum nudum Dotted Blue  
Buckwheats Eriogonum spp. Acmon Blue  
Buckwheats Eriogonum spp. Mormon Metalmark  
Buckwheats Eriogonum spp. Bay Area Blue  
Buckwheats Eriogonum spp. Bramble Hairstreak  
Buckwheats Eriogonum spp. Common Hairstreak  
Buckwheats Eriogonum spp. Gorgon Copper  
Buckwheats Eriogonum spp. Lange’s Metalmark  
Buckwheats Eriogonum spp. Mormon Metalmark  
Buckwheats Eriogonum spp. nectar  
Golden-Yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum American Painted Lady  
Golden-Yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum nectar  
Legume Family Fabaceae Acmon Blue  
Legume Family Fabaceae Behr’s Blue  
Legume Family Fabaceae Eastern Tailed Blue  
Legume Family Fabaceae Western Tailed Blue  
Legume Family Fabaceae Marine Blue  
Legume Family Fabaceae Common Sulfur  
Idaho Fescue Festuca idahoensis Lindsey’s Skipper  
Red Fescue Festuca rubra Sachem  
Strawberry Fragaria vesca Common Hairstreak  
Bioletti’s Cudweed Gnaphalium bicolor American Painted Lady  
Purple Cudweed Gnaphalium purpureum American Painted Lady  
Cudweeds Gnaphalium spp. American Painted Lady  
Gum-weed Grindelia camporium American Painted Lady  
Gum-weed Grindelia spp. nectar  
Rosilla Helenium puberulum American Painted Lady  
Cow Parsnip Heracleum lanatum Anise Swallowtail  
Cow Parsnip Heracleum lanatum nectar  
Toyon Heteromeles arbutifolia nectar  
Golden Asters Heterotheca spp. nectar  
Creambush Holodiscus discolor Lorquin’s Admiral  
Creambush Holodiscus discolor Pale Swallowtail  
Creambush Holodiscus discolor Spring Azure  
Mint Family Lamiaceae nectar  
Lomatium Lomatium spp. nectar  
Lomatium Lomatium spp. Edward’s Swallowtail  
Honeysuckle Lonicera hispidula Common Checkerspot  
Deerweed Lotus scoparius Acmon Blue  
Deerweed Lotus scoparius Echo Blue  
Deerweed Lotus scoparius Bramble Hairstreak  
Deerweed Lotus scoparius Common Sulfur  
Deerweed Lotus scoparius Silvery Blue  
Deerbrush Lotus scoparius Spring Azure  
Succulent Lupine Lupinus succulentus Painted Lady  
Succulent Lupine Lupinus succulentus Common Sulfur  
Lupines Lupinus spp. Acmon Blue  
Lupines Lupinus spp. Behr’s Blue  
Lupines Lupinus spp. Pardalis Blue  
Lupines Lupinus spp. Common Hairstreak  
Lupines Lupinus spp. American Painted Lady  
Mallows Malvaceae American Painted Lady  
Mallows Malvaceae Common Checkered Skipper
Mallows Malvaceae Common Hairstreak  
Mallows Malvaceae Painted Lady  
Melics Melica spp. California Ringlet  
Sticky Monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus Common Checkerspot  
Monkeyflower Mimulus guttatus Buckeye  
Monkeyflower Mimulus guttatus Field Crescent  
Coyote Mint Monardella villosa Western Tiger Swallowtail  
Coyote Mint Monardella villosa California Dogface  
Coyote Mint Monardella villosa nectar  
Needlegrass Nassella spp. California Ringlet  
Needlegrass Nassella spp. Sylvan Satyr  
Sweet Cicely Osmorhiza chilensis Anise Swallowtail  
Foothill Penstemon Penstemon heterophylla Common Checkerspot  
Kellogg’s Yampah Perideridia kelloggii Anise Swallowtail  
Plantain Plantago erecta Buckeye  
Plantain Plantago erecta Common Checkerspot  
Western Sycamore Platanus racemosa Western Tiger Swallowtail  
Plectritis Plectritis spp. Common Checkerspot  
Grasses Poaceae Farmer  
Grasses Poaceae Columbian Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Dodge’s Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Eufala Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Farmer  
Grasses Poaceae Fiery Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Lindsey’s Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Roadside Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Sachem  
Grasses Poaceae Sandhill Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Tilden’s Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Umber Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Woodland Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Yuba Skipper  
Grasses Poaceae Yuma Skipper  
Buckwheat Family Polygonaceae Great Copper  
Buckwheat Family Polygonaceae Purplish Copper  
Blue Oak Quercus douglasii Gold-Hunter’s Hairstreak  
Oaks Quercus spp California Sister  
Oaks Quercus spp. Propertius Duskywing  
Oaks Quercus spp. Sad Duskywing  
Oaks Quercus spp. California Hairstreak  
Oaks Quercus spp. Lorquin’s Hairstreak  
Oaks Quercus spp. Echo Blue  
Coffeeberry Rhamnus californica Common Hairstreak  
Coffeeberry Rhamnus californica Pale Swallowtail  
Currants, Gooseberries Ribes spp. Tailed Copper  
Willow Dock Rumex salicifolius Purplish Copper  
Scurf-pea Rupertia physodes Common Sulfur  
Willows Salix spp. Western Tiger Swallowtail  
Willows Salix spp. Dryope Hairstreak  
Willows Salix spp. Moarning Cloak  
Willows Salix spp. Rustic Anglewing  
Calif. Bee Plant Scrophularia californica Common Checkerspot  
Calif. Bee Plant Scrophularia californica Leanira Checkerspot  
Calif. Bee Plant Scrophularia californica Luesther’s Checkerspot  
Calif. Bee Plant Scrophularia californica Bay Checkerspot  
Calif. Bee Plant Scrophularia californica Buckeye  
Figwort Family Scrophulariaceae Bay Checkerspot  
Figwort Family Scrophulariaceae Buckeye  
Figwort Family Scrophulariaceae Chalcedona Checkerspot  
Figwort Family Scrophulariaceae Leanira Checkerspot  
Figwort Family Scrophulariaceae Luesther’s Checkerspot  
Checkerbloom Sidalcea malvaeflora West Coast Lady  
Checkerbloom Sidalcea malvaeflora Common Checkered Skipper  
Checkerbloom Sidalcea malvaeflora Large White Skipper  
Hedge Nettle Stachys pycnantha California Dogface  
Hedge Nettle Stachys spp. nectar  
Snowberry Symphoricarpos spp. Common Checkerspot  
Snowberry Symphoricarpos spp. nectar  
Hoary nettle Urtica dioica ssp holosericea West Coast Lady  
Hoary nettle Urtica dioica ssp holosericea Red Admiral  
Nettles Urtica spp. American Painted Lady  
Nettles Urtica spp. Milbert’s Tortoiseshell  
Huckleberry Vaccinium ovatum Echo Blue  
Vetch Vicia spp. Common Hairstreak  
Vetch Vicia spp. Common Sulfur  
Vetch Vicia spp. Silvery Blue  
Mules Ears Wyethia spp. Painted Lady