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Columbia Valley Native Host Plants

Butterflies can only survive with their specific host plant.
No host plants, no butterflies. ​
It's really that simple.

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Fragrant Evening Primrose

Oenothera caespitosa

A wonderful addition along a sidewalk path or in a rock garden. Stunning blooms open in the evening and close by mid-morning. Host plant to the White-lined Sphinx moth.

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Heath Aster

Symphyotrichum eriocoides

A petite, slender plant that works perfect for filling in all the gaps in between your plants. The tiny white flowers support a huge array of specialist bee species and is host to several butterfly caterpillars

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Pearly Everlasting

Anaphalis margaritacea

Very easy to grow in a variety of soil and sun conditions, Pearly Everlasting has small, papery flowers similar to strawflowers. Host to the American Lady butterflies

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Pine Reed Grass

Calamagrostis rubescens

A very common grass on open, mid-mountain terrain. It persists in the shade but will not flower typically until the canopy opens up from disturbance such as a fallen tree.

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Sticky Goldenrod

Solidago simplex

A dwarf goldenrod that forms well behaved little clumps with foot tall golden spikes appearing in mid-summer. One of the earliest goldenrods to bloom and tolerant of dry, heat. 

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Field Locoweed

Oxytropis campestris

Nitrogen fixing from the Legume family, Locoweeds are very useful for meadow gardens, particularly short-grass, and relatively dry soils. Showy flowers and host to a number of butterflies

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Ceanothus velutinus

A very drought tolerant shrub that stays manageable with glossy, three veined leaves and sprays of flowers in late spring. A wonderful shrub that deserves to be in more people's yards.

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Fuzzytongue Beardtongue

Penstemon eriantherus

A gorgeous wildflower resembling snapdragons and a favourite of bumblebees. These love dry, well draining soils, and cannot tolerate spring wet, so best on south facing slope.

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