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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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Blue Grama 

Bouteloua gracilis

Wonderful clump forming grasses that have an airy texture that adds a dynamic effect to a garden design. They are important meadow species that supports a large number of animals and insects

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Canada Violet

Viola canadensis

A lovely ground cover for the semi-shade, preferring a bit of moisture. They can grow into a thick blanket of violets which have some of the earliest blooms of the year. 

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Early Blue Violet

Viola adunca

The earliest blooming of the violets with a luxurious blue bloom colour. Can handle a touch drier soils and an important host plant for the stunning Myrtle's Silverspot butterfly. 

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Paper Birch

Betula papyrifera

Keystone trees that provide for all manor of organisms. If you want to provide for the pollinators, birches are a valuable tree species. 

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Heart-leaf Zizia

Zizia aptera

Lovely early blooming yellow umbels with thick leaves that Anise Swallowtail butterflies depend on for food. A great plant to allow to spread like under a tree. 

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Subalpine Fleabane

Erigeron glacialis

Drop dead gorgeous, soft lavender coloured daisies. I have no idea how these wonderful native plants haven't taken gardens by storm. Host plant to the adorable Rockslide Checkerspot. 

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Small-flower Beardtongue

Penstemon procerus

These stunningly beautiful native Penstemons are to die for. They are wonderful en masse in a rock garden. Very drought tolerant and will self seed politely to fill in the gaps. 

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Pacific Bleeding Heart

Dicentra formosa

This delicate looking shade lover wants the north side of your house in the shade. At home in the woodlands, these are a must have with elegant ferny foliage and watching bees pry open blooms

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Slender Nettles

Urtica dioica ssp gracilis

An incredibly valuable plant that establishes into a small patch, typically in a moist woodland setting. The edible leaves and shoots are very nutritious and nettles are host to many butterfly species

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Western Snowberry

Symphoricarpos occidentalis

A small, multi-stemmed suckering shrub that forms dense thickets of knee to waist high branches. Delicate pinkish white flowers followed by white berries into winter. Important food source for deer and birds. 

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