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  • 1. 1/7/2013Out of the Wilds and Into Your Garden Butterfly Flights in Your Yard C.M. Vadheim and T. Drake CSUDH & Madrona Marsh Preserve Gardening with Western L.A. County Native Plants Madrona Marsh Preserve Project SOUND - 2009 July 7 & 11, 2009 © Project SOUND © Project SOUNDOur assignment: get rid of lawn & create butterfly habitat First Question: What are our assets?  Well-draining loam soil – can plant most native plants  Already have some good ‘heritage plants’  Several small citrus trees  Catalina Island Cherry hedge/screen nearby  Dense non-native screen provides shelter, perches  Flexible watering system: grass area somewhat dry in summer © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 1
  • 2. 1/7/2013Location is key for butterfly gardens  In a sunny protected area of your yard – we need to check the sun/shade patterns  Away from traffic - not a good choice for parking strips.  Out of heavy winds. Butterflies wont stay where they are being blown around. Dense screen is perfect for this. © Project SOUND Winter sun & shade pattern – about 11:00 a.m. © Project SOUND Citrus – Zone 2 Roses & existing screen are Zone 3 Summer sun & shade pattern – about 11:00 a.m. © Project SOUND Water Zones – the challenge of ‘heritage plants’ © Project SOUND 2
  • 3. 1/7/2013 What do we need for a Butterfly Garden? Zone 3 in winter/ Zone 2/3 summer Zone 2/3 Checkered Skipper © Project SOUND © Project SOUNDTwo important first questions Participating in the annual July Butterfly Count is a great way to learn about butterflies  What butterfly species do I want to attract?  Are there particular butterflies we really want to attract?  What butterflies occur commonly in my area?  Do I want to just attract adult butterflies, or do I want to create true butterfly habitat (provide everything the butterflies need to live in my yard)? © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 3
  • 4. 1/7/2013 The ‘S. Bay Butterflies & Their Native We’ll be e-mailing you some otherFood Sources’ list is another place to start resources  Nectar Sources list  Larval Food Sources list  List of good butterfly resources  Books focused on our area  Internet resources © Project SOUND © Project SOUND We decide we really want to attract the following First we need to understand the life butterflies – and we want them to stay cycle of butterflies  Swallowtails  Monarchs  If we want  Ladies to provide  Blue Butterflies  Skippers (several species already habitat, we’ll found in the garden) have to provide for all stages of the life cycle http://basrelief.org/NewFiles/lifecyc.html © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 4
  • 5. 1/7/2013What butterflies need: keys to providing butterfly habitat  Adult food: nectar plants, fruit, sap  Larval food plants: often quite specific  Water  Minerals and salt (mud)  Perching/sunning places; protection from wind  Butterflies need sunlight. They are cold-blooded, so they  Hiding places for larvae use the sun to warm up their bodies. Pick a sunny spot for (caterpillars) & pupae your garden and place a few flat stones around so the (cocoons) butterflies can rest while warming up. © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Butterflies also need a source of water  Butterflies cannot drink from deep water sources such as a birdbath  Provide water as:  Damp or muddy areas of the garden – around the roses  A shallow dish filled with sand or gravel & refilled each morning – on a post or hung from a tree  A birdbath or fountain with gravel/rocks to provide Butterflies need shelter from wind and rain, and a place to shallow water rest at night. Planting your garden near shrubs and trees will give them the shelter they need. © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 5
  • 6. 1/7/2013 Confusion about The delicate dance between food plants ‘butterfly plants’ and butterflies  Co-evolution of plants and insects  Many ‘butterfly  ‘food’ is specially formulated for plants’ and ‘butterfly our species – and for our climate bushes’ are from  Some non-native ‘butterfly plants’ don’t provide all the other parts of the requirements – native vs. non- http://butterflybush.net/blog/ country: native Milkweeds  May not grow so well here  Impact of non-native horticultural plants – all show  May not be appropriate for our and no nutrition local butterflies  Impact of loss of habitat – our yards are important http://www.soonerplantfarm.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=plants.plantDetail&plant_id=158 © Project SOUND habitat © Project SOUNDhttp://www.evelynsgardens.net/Gardens/Garden_Hummingbird_Butterfly.htm If you were a butterfly, what kind of plant Caterpillars are born to eat…. would you like?  Lots of little flowers filled with nectar  Sunflower family (Asteraceae)  Buckwheat genus (Eriogonum )  Milkweed genus (Asclepias )  Fiddleneck genus (Phacelia)  Pea family (Fabaceae) It takes a huge amount of energy  Grasses (food) to grow & metamorphose into a butterfly © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 6
  • 7. 1/7/2013 If you were a caterpillar what would you like to eat?  Readily accessible  Succulent  Easy to digest  Non-toxic  Not too protected: hairs, secretions, etc. Decide what your gardening philosophy is Larval (caterpillar) food plants are often very specific – you need to plant the larval food plants Remember that providing larval food is more important (for for the species you want to attract survival of a species) than providing nectar plants © Project SOUND © Project SOUND You become fascinated with the Fatal First, draw a base mapMetalmark Butterfly - Calephelis nemesis  Habitat: brushy or weedy areas along roadsides, washes, ditches, and streams  Adult food – any nectar plant  Larval food – very specific  Mule Fat – Baccharis salicifolia  ? Virgin’s Bower – native Clematis species http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1637 © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 7
  • 8. 1/7/2013 Then add the large plants Mule Fat – Baccharis salicifolia © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Mule Fat – Baccharis salicifolia Mule Fat – a large bush sunflower!  Size:  Western Hemisphere  8-10 ft tall  Ca to S. America, Texas  8-10 ft wide  Much of CA: Northwestern California, Cascade Range  Growth form: Foothills, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Great Central  Shrubby; many stems Valley, Tehachapi Mountain  Evergreen to drought deciduous Area, Central Western California, Southwestern  Can be pruned and shaped to fit California, Desert needs  Canyon bottoms, moist  Foliage:http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?609,781,789 streamsides, irrigation ditches, often forming  Shiny green leaves, becoming thickets darker with age  Characteristic scent  Common name: Mule Fat; Mulefat; Mule-fat; Mule’s Fat;  Food for Fatal Metalmark larva Water-Willy; Sticky Baccharis  Roots:  Netlike – very good for erosion © Project SOUND control © Project SOUND 8
  • 9. 1/7/2013 Flowers are definitely Mule Fat’s “Willow-like” Leaves Sunflower  Blooms:  Long bloom season  Year-round, but most heavy bloom periods spring and fall in western L.A. Co.  Flowers:  Separate male & female plants  Nectar attracts many insects, including butterflieshttp://wc.pima.edu/Bfiero/tucsonecology/plants/shrubs_sewi.htm  Seeds: An example of “convergent evolution”  Small seeds with fluffy ‘parachute’ Leaf shape helps protect riparian plants from water damage  Vegetative reproduction: common and easy © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Mule Fat provides important Mule Fat flowers are clearly sunflowers – even without the ray flowers resources to the community  Habitat considerations  Butterfly and bee nectar plant  Browse for deer and elk  Shelter/nest site for birds, small mammals and reptiles  Human uses  Young shoots – famine food  Stem - charcoal (gun power and Willow “catkin” for comparison fire starting)  Stems – arrow shafts, paint brushes and building material http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/whites/white21.html (sturdy but bend) © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 9
  • 10. 1/7/2013  Soils: Mule Fat: one of ourMule Fat is Adaptable  Texture: any best habitat plants  pH: any local  Light:  Hedges & screens  Trained as a small tree  Full sun to light shade  Espaliered along a wall  Water:  Always good habitat for  Winter: flooding to fairly dry insects, birds  Summer:  Fine with Zone 1-3 once established (after first summer)  Will grow faster with more http://www.flickr.com/photo water s/pcoin/99549969/  Fertilizer: adaptable; fine with an organic mulch, light fertilizer  Can be pruned – even radically – to shape or renew © Project SOUND © Project SOUND http://www.flickr.com/photos/73431753@N00/278039992 When you replace a lawn, access becomes an issue Inspiration from the pros: butterfly gardens  Provide easy access  Provide places to sit and enjoy the butterflies & other wildlife  The garden can be either formal or informal in style  The garden should look pretty – at least much of the year http://backtonatives.blogspot.com/2008/03/bird-of-prey-talk-hike.html © Project SOUND © Project SOUND http://img.groundspeak.com/waymarking/48550aea-257e-4adf-83e6-d2548e740dea.jpg 10
  • 11. 1/7/2013 Additional inspiration How to attract more Skippers  Mass plantings – pretty & affective  Several native species of Skippers we might attract – see the list  Provide some grass areas  ? Signage (if you wanted your  Need all the normal amenities: garden to serve an educational  Water role) http://www.flickr.com/photos/9428166@N03/2687279040/  Perching places ‘functional art’ – butterfly  Etc. http://www.uky.edu/Arboretum/membership.html  Sandhill Skipper water source  Adult (nectar) sources:  Milkweeds  Clovers  Plants in Sunflower family (Yarrow; Asters; many others)  Buckwheats  Larval food sources:  Native and non-native grasses – nohttp://www.yerbabuenagardens.com/features/gardens.html wonder we already have Skippers http://www.bixby.org/parkside/multimedia/butterflies/ http://a2zhomeschool.com/homeschoolmouse/category/events/ © Project SOUND Wandering Skipper © Project SOUND Let’s add a little grass for Skippers… Saltgrass – Distichlis spicata © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 11
  • 12. 1/7/2013 Saltgrass  Stiff perennial grass with numerous long stems  Warm-season grass  Sod-forming – spreads  Widely distributed – western North America by rhizomes  Found through much of CA in  May grow flat or more Coastal salt marshes erect (4-16 inches tall) Moist alkaline areas  Looks somewhat like Vernal alkaline areas Bermuda Grass © Project SOUND © Project SOUNDPretty left to grow – or can be mowed Benefits of Saltgrass  Can withstand harsh conditions – salt/alkali soils, seasonal flooding, seasonal drought  Good habitat for birds (seeds and cover) and butterflies (Skippers)  Good for controlling wind or water erosion  Highly resistant to trampling – even for playing fields, golf courses  Looks like Bermuda Grass – and can be treated like it © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 12
  • 13. 1/7/2013 Saltgrass at end of dry season – no waterKeys to a successful Saltgrass lawn  Lawns usually started from plugs or cut sections of rhizomes  Best done in winter  Bury rhizomes 1-2 inches  Keep ground moist until established  Needs full sun  Needs winter moisture; can water in summer to keep green  Mow infrequently  Needs no/little added fertilizer © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Now let’s add a little color… Sticky Monkeyflowers – like a little shade  Flowering perennials and sub- shrubs make sense in a small garden  Choose wisely:  Some plants provide both adult and larval food  Some plants are showier than others  Some plants are better suited to our local conditions © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 13
  • 14. 1/7/2013 Sticky (Bush) Monkey Flower - Mimulus/Diplacus aurantiacus Sticky (Bush) Monkey Flower - Mimulus/Diplacus aurantiacus  Much debate about what genus it should belong to  Much debate about how many species – may just be a few with much variability  Much of western & southern CA to Baja http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?7177,7386,7390 http://www.baynatives.com/plants/Mimulus-aurantiacus/ © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Sticky Monkeyflower in the wild Growth habit and other characteristics  rocky hillsides  cliffs  Size: 2-4 ft tall and wide  Narrow glossy sticky dark  canyon slopes green leaves  disturbed  Summer-deciduous in hot climates/gardens areas  Attractive mounding to  borders of sprawling shape coastal sage  Lives to 10 years – slightly scrub, less in gardens, particularly if given summer water chaparral,  Young leaves can be eaten (a open forest bit bitter, tho’) and werehttp://www.timetotrack.com/jay/monkeyb2.htm used as an antiseptic for cuts, rope burns, etc. Dry, open areas with poor soils http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/diplacus-aurantiacus © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 14
  • 15. 1/7/2013 Many uses for Sticky Monkeyflower in Succeeding with Sticky Monkeyflower the garden  Does best in sandy or rocky soils – soil  On hillsides or banks needs to be well-drained; too much water, particularly in winter leads to  In rock gardens fungal disease, short life  In garden beds with  Full sun to part-shade (best for most other native plants that gardens) thrive on a dry period  Give plants a dormant period at the end of summer – no water; can give some  In large pots or summer water before that planters  Prune back each fall to 18 inches or so;  As an accent plant – or prune back to ground every third showy flowers year. Can also prune after spring bloom to encourage fall blooms  In a “hummingbird” or “butterfly garden”  Propagate new plants from cuttings to http://www.elnativogrowers.com/Photographs_page/miau.htm replace old plants © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Buckwheats like sun – and are great habitat plants Fantastic flower colors  Blooms: year-round in S. Bay; most profuse in summer  Flowers:  Clusters of small tubular flowers© Br. Alfred Brousseau, Saint Marys College with the usual monkey face appearance.  Flower color range is salmon to brick-red to crimson.  Good nectar source:  Hummingbird pollinated; but also attracts bees, butterflies (esp. Checkerspots & Buckeyes)  Seeds:  many small, in dry capsuleYou can also grow ShrubbyMonkeyflowers from tip cuttings  Easy to grow from seed © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 15
  • 16. 1/7/2013 California Buckwheat - Eriogonum fasciculatum California Buckwheat - Eriogonum fasciculatum  Southwestern U.S.  to Utah, Arizona, nw Mexico  s Sierra Nevada, Central Western California, Southwestern California, East of Sierra Nevada, Desert  Common. Dry slopes, washes, canyons in scrub < 2300 m. var. fasciculatum  fasciculatum : derived from var. foliolosum a Latin word meaning "bundles" and describing the way the leaves are attached to the leaf stem in little bunches or fascicles http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/dendrology/Syllab us2/factsheet.cfm?ID=639 http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?5936,5994,6045 © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Characteristics of California Buckwheat  Size: similar to Dune Buckwheat  2-5 ft tall  3-5 ft wide  Growth form: http://www.newportbay.org/plants/index.html  low mounded semi-evergreenhttp://www.newportbay.org/plants/index.html shrub  Many-branched  Foliage:  Leave alternate, but densely clustered at nodes, evergreen, narrow lanceolate (nearly needle-like) Dune Buckwheat – E. parvifolium CA Buckwheat – E. fasciculatum © Project SOUND © Project SOUND http://www.birdmom.net/wildflowerspink.html 16
  • 17. 1/7/2013 CA Buckwheat:  Great for summer color: May- Nov. possible CA Buckwheat cultivars make good showy for months groundcovers  ‘Dana Point’ - brighter green leaf, more  As an alternative to the non- native Rosemary mounding than species  In perennial beds  Bruce Dickinson – good for groundcover; stays close to the ground,  On parking strips & bordering spreads nicely, and holds good form paths and driveways throughout the year.  For erosion control  Larval foodsource for Morman Metalmark, Bramble Hairstreak, Common Hairstreak, Avalon Hairstreak Shrubby Buckwheats can even be sheared to shape for a more formal ‘Dana Point’ http://www.elnativogrowers.com/Photographs_page/erfabd.htm look ‘Bruce Dickinson’ © Project SOUND © Project SOUND CA Buckwheat cultivars make good Cultivars & species: choose carefully.. groundcovers  ‘Theodore Payne – low groundcover (1 ft high; 1-3 ft spread)  Warriner Lytle - A sprawling low growing California buckwheat; can grow to 2 feet tall but is often more prostrate, hugging the ground like ahttp://www.theodorepayne.org/gallery/pages/E/Eriogonum_fasciculatum_Th mateodorePayne.htm ‘Theodore Payne’ ‘Warriner Lytle’ http://www.letsgoseeit.com/index/county/la/claremont/loc01/cultivar/cultivar.htm  Buckwheats produce hybrids readily; plant only locally http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=3070 obtained plants if you live near natural stands ‘Warriner Lytle’ ‘Warriner Lytle’ © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 17
  • 18. 1/7/2013 Managing shrubby  Most are low maintenance  By fall, the flowers turn a buckwheats reddish-brown  Easily deadheaded, if desired  Or (better) retained for the change of color and for bird habitat.  Cut back in late fall to mid-winter to encourage herbaceous growth over woody look  Leave several inches of woody growth  Cutting it back to 6” in late fall keeps the woody growth to a minimum and the plant looking its  CA Buckwheat looks its best in full sun best the year round.  Occasional summer water to keep it looking good – but  When the shrub is becoming too very drought tolerant © Project SOUND leggy, it needs to be replaced. © Project SOUND Make sure you can enjoy your butterfly Many butterflies use CA native garden Milkweeds  Comfortable seating, strategically placed  Plan your planting basedhttp://lobojosden.blogspot.com/2007/12/butterfly-garden.html on your most likely views http://www.laspilitas.com/butterfl_files/Acmon_blue http://www.gardeningwithnatives.com/articles/su _on_narrow-leaf_milkweed.jpg mmerplants.html  Tiger swallowtail  Acmon Blue  Monarch © Project SOUND © Project SOUND http://www.dunedingov.com/home.aspx?page=departments/library/library http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of- california/plants/asclepias-fascicularis 18
  • 19. 1/7/2013 Place milkweeds in a slightly shadier area The Milkweed family (Asclepidaceae)  Very large family - ~ 2,000 species  Includes perennial herbs, vines, shrubs  The common name "milkweed" refers to the milky, white sap produced when the stem is broken.  Many are poisonous if eaten by Buckwheats humans/animals  The term "weed" refers to the fact that milkweed grows in poor soil  The principal genus in California is grass Asclepias, of which there are 11 species. © Project SOUND © Project SOUNDNarrow-leaf Milkweed - Asclepias fascicularis Showy Milkweed – Asclepias speciosa © 2004 George W. Hartwell http://www.insectnet.com/photos/flora1/milkweed1.htm © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 19
  • 20. 1/7/2013 Milkweeds Milkweed family has unusual flowers and seeds  Milkweeds are found in many areas of CA  The petals of the 5-parted flowers are reflexed and the  In the South Bay, Narrow- anthers unite to the stigma in leaf Milkweed found only the form of a crown with 5 in S. Channel Islands Showy Milkweed hood-like appendages.  Sites are typically  The numerous seeds bear tufts  Winter wet/summer dry of silky hairs at their tips for  Sunny to light shade efficient wind dispersal.  Barren soil (bare areas in chaparral/Oak woodlands; streambeds; alluvial areas) Narrow-leaf Milkweed http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/pictures/a100.jpg © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Milkweed pods and seeds Consider Using Milkweeds  For butterfly gardens: nectar source for many seeds species; larval food for Monarchs  For showy white-pink flowers in summer  Along paths and walkwayshttp://www.keiriosity.com/asclepiadaceae/asclepias_fascicularis02.jpg http://mamba.bio.uci.edu/~pjbryant/biodiv/PLANTS2/A  In mid-beds – would look nice with brighter pinks sclepiadaceae/Asclepias_fascicularis.htm and purple flowers How do you think these seeds are dispersed? © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 20
  • 21. 1/7/2013 Let’s add some other flowering plants for interestTricks to gardening with Milkweeds  Easy to grow  Plant (seeds) in place if possible  Does best in well-drained soil – but can tolerate clay if not over-watered  Full to part sun Perennials & annuals Buckwheats  Average water needs – keep somewhat dry. Can tolerate winter flooding  Cut back to ground in winter (native Californians burned it grass to encourage healthy growth) © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Common Sandaster - Corethrogyne filaginifolia vars. californica and filaginifolia Common Sandaster - Corethrogyne filaginifolia vars. californica and filaginifolia  common and widespread plant in coastal sage scrub, southern oak woodlands and grasslands, and on dry, brushy chaparral slopes var. californica  Taxonomy is confusing:  Many still use the old name for the species: Lessingia filaginifolia  Highly variable species; now lumped them all together under variant filaginifolia - variants need further research  var. californica – adapted to slightly wetter, ocean-influenced habitats var. filaginifolia  var. filaginifolia – adapted to slightly drier habitats http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/californiaaster.html © Project SOUND © Project SOUND http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?Lessingia+filaginifolia+var.+filaginifolia 21
  • 22. 1/7/2013 Common Sandaster is typical of plants in the sunflower family (Asteraceae)  Compound floral heads  Ray flowers (outer)  Brightly colored (usually yellow (bee pollinated) or blue-purple  Serve to direct the pollinator to the nectar  Disk flowers (central)  Common Sandaster varies  Small; often yellow or dark- colored greatly depending on the  Make nectar to attract amount of water it gets pollinators  Form the seedshttp://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/californiaaster.html © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Growing native perennial sunflowers is Many Sunflower species usually easy are “two-in-one plants  Choose a sunny location: most need full or near-full sun http://nitro.biosci.arizona.edu/zeeb/butterflies/nocut.html  Sand Asters are good nectar  Plant seed in place in fall producers:  Prepare soil; lightly rake seed in  Good food plant for native bees  use fresh, locally-collected and other pollinators seed if possible  Provide nectar for many butterflies from Skippers to  Insure adequate winter/spring Swallowtails rain  Withhold water after  They are also good butterfly flowering to promote seed larval plants production  Gabb’s Checkerspot – endangered  Many will self-seed; or collect  Moths and store the seed in a cool dry place http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/pictures/a1142.jpg http://www.coestatepark.com/lessingia_filaginifolia_coe.htm © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 22
  • 23. 1/7/2013 ‘Silver Carpet’ Sandaster (var. californica) Don’t like this look?  A Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Introduction  From coastal bluffs exposed to http://mamba.bio.uci.edu/~pjbryant/biodiv/PLANTS2/Asteraceae/C ocean spray in Monterey County orethrogyne%20filaginifolia%20v.htm  Attractive foliage  Silver-white; looks nice all year long  blends well with other plants  Pretty flowers – late summerThen how about this?  summer blossoms provide welcome cool color in a season when warmer-toned natives prevail. http://www.timetotrack.com/jay/astercu3.htm © Project SOUND © Project SOUND ‘Silver Carpet’ Other good generalist perennials to add Sandaster  Achillea – Yarrow  Eriophyllum – Wallflowers  Low-growing – makes a nice low groundcover  Sidalcea – Checkermallow  Vetches & Lotus  spilling down a slope or over a low wall.  Lupines http://www.wildscaping.com/plants/plantphotos/SilvCarp_ws_400dm.jpg  Even in native grasses  Add other perennials, annuals & grasses depending on butterfly species  Fast-growing (3-5 ft/yr) but not invasive  More tolerant of average garden watering regimens  Hardy  Readily available Nectar plant only – but a good one! © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 23
  • 24. 1/7/2013 S. CA Ladies – how to attract them Food fit for a Lady……  Adult food – many native (and non- native) flowering plants  Larval food  Sunflower family  Thistles – Cirsium species [Painted Lady]  Others  Everlastings - Pseudognaphalium (Gnaphalium) [American Lady]  Borage Family Cirsium occidentale  Amsinckia  Cryptantha  Nettle Family - Urtica species  Bedstraws – Galium species  Mallow Family [Painted & West Coast Ladies]  Lavatera  MalacothamnusAmerican Lady Painted Lady West Coast Lady  Sidalcea © Project SOUND Sidalcea © Project SOUND Finally, add some low species at the front… Some possible low species  Evergreen  Carex species – sedges  Seasonal  Smaller grasses  Clovers (Trifolium)  Checkerbloom  Annual wildflowers Perennials & annuals Buckwheats grass © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 24
  • 25. 1/7/2013 Bull clover/ Sour Clover – Trifolium fucatum Bull clover – Trifolium fucatum  West coast of N. America from OR to Baja  In CA either:  Foothills of Sierras and other ranges  Coastally-influenced areas < 3000 ft. elevation  Locally abundant. Moist, open grassland, ditches, marshes, roadsides, sometimes saline or serpentine soils  fucatum: painted, dyed © 2004 Carol W. Witham © 2005 George W. Hartwell © Project SOUND © Project SOUNDBull Clover is a fairly typical native annual clover Flowers are among the prettier clover flowers  Size:  < 1 ft tall  Blooms:  1-3 ft wide; slightly spreading  Usually Apr-June in S. CA ; after weather warms up  Growth form:  Long bloom period with  Mounded; low-lying supplemental water  Typical for clovers  Flowers:  Foliage:  Typical for clover; small pea-type  Leaves typical ‘clover-leaf’ – often flowers in a ball-like head white-patterned  Cream-colored tinged with  Stems robust, hollow pink/mauve  Edible  Roots:  Have symbiotic relationship with  Seeds: nitrogen-fixing bacteria  Small  Leave roots in soil to improve soil  Edible fresh fertility © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 25
  • 26. 1/7/2013 Clovers – not hard to grow once you know the trick Foothill Clover – Trifolium ciliolatum  Soils:  Texture: any well-drained  pH: any, including alkali  Even takes salty soils  Light: full sun to part-shade; good under deciduous trees  Water:  Winter: needs moist soils  Summer: needs regular water until flowering ceases – then cut back  Fertilizer: not needed, but probably won’t hurt  Other: to start seeds give them a© 2007 Aaron Schusteff hot-water treatment © Project SOUND http://www.kenbowles.net/sdwildflowers/FamilyIndexes/FabaceaeClover/FabaceaeCloverKey.htm © Project SOUND Pin-point Clover – Trifolium gracilentum Rancheria Clover – Trifolium albopurpureum http://www.timetotrack.com/jay/clovera.htm © 2006 Doreen L. Smith © Project SOUND © Project SOUND 26
  • 27. 1/7/2013Now we’ve got a plan for what we’ll plant next fall What butterflies might visit our garden?  Swallowtails: Anise, Western Tiger, Giant  Cabbage White  Orange Sulphur  Gray Hairstreak  Blues: Acmon, Marine, Western Pygmy  Fatal Metalmark  Mourning Cloak  Ladies: American, West Coast Perennials & annuals Buckwheats  Common Buckeye  Red Admiral  Monarch  Funereal Duskywing  Skippers: Western Checkered, Sandhill, Fiery, Umber + others grass Low Low And some of these species might raise their families! © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Suggestions for creating a butterfly- Visit local butterfly friendly garden gardens  Include important nectar and larval food plants; when possible from local sources  Mass/group plants http://www.visitusa.com/california/photos/orangecounty-beaches/dohenystatebeach.htm  Include plants that bloom at Doheny State Beach different times  Consider including some good non- native food plants  Use safe methods of insect control – no pesticides  Encourage others in your Research & experiment neighborhood to plant butterfly- friendly plants http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-butterflies18nov18-pg,0,4856731.photogallery?index=12 © Project SOUND © Project SOUND Shipley Nature Center 27
  • 28. 1/7/2013Let’s go look at some butterfly plants © Project SOUND 28