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List of Pollinator Plants for the pollinator garden at Jefferson Community Center, complied by Bill Rodstrom
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Spring Flowering
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Scientific NameCommon NameNectar or Pollen Source? & CommentsLikely or confirmed Host Plant
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Arctostaphylos X"Sunset"Yes, Xylocopa carpenter bees alsoBrown Elfin, many moths
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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'"Skylark" BlueblossomYes, also Bombus, Andrena, honey beesEcho Azure, California Tortoiseshell, Pale Tiger Swallowtail, many moths
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Cirsium occidentale
Cobweb ThistleYes, painted ladies, Mylitta crescent, etc.Painted Lady, Mylitta Crescent, many moths
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Eschscholzia californica maritimaCoastal California poppyYes, also Lasioglossum, Agapostemon, Bombus beesAcmon Blue, moths
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Fragaria vescaWoodland StrawberryYes, Andrena and Sweat beesmoth species
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Gilia capitataBlue field giliaYes, Bombus, Agapostemon, & honey beesseveral moth species
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Hosackia gracilisSeaside TrefoilYes, bees and butterfliesSeveral Blues, Sulphurs, and Skippers
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Limnanthes douglasiiMeadow FoamYes, tiny Dialictus sweat bees and hoverfliesnone
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Lupinus rivularisRiverbank lupineYes, yellow-faced bumble bees alsoOrange Sulphur, Painted Lady
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Phacelia bolanderiBolander's phaceliaYes, mining bees, Bombus bees alsoseveral moth species
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Phacelia californicaCoast/Calif.phaceliaYes, also yellow-faced bumble beeseveral moth species
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Phacelia tanacetifolia
Tansy-leaved phaceliaYes, pollen and nectar for many bee speciesseveral moth species
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Rubus ursinusTrailing BlackberryYes, sweat, honey, Bombus, long-horned bees alsomany moth species
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Scrophularia californica
California Bee PlantYes, native bees, wasps, hummingbirds alsoCommon Buckeye, Variable (Chalcedon) checkerspot, several moths
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Urtica dioicia
Stinging NettleNo.Red Admiral, Milbert's tortoiseshell, Satyr comma, West Coast lady, many moths
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Viola adunca
Western Dog violetYes, skippersseveral Fritillaries and moths
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Summer Flowering
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Scientific NameCommon NameNectar or Pollen Source? & CommentsLikely or confirmed Host Plant
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Achillea millefolium
Common YarrowYes, many fly species use it for nectar/pollenHost to about 15 species of moths
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Anaphalis margaritacea
Pearly EverlastingYes, also Orange Sulphur, hover fliesPainted Lady, American Painted Lady, moths
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Aquilegia formosa
Red ColumbineYes, attracts hummingbirds alsomany moth species
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Asclepias speciosa
Showy milkweedhigh quality nectar sourceMonarch, and Tiger moths
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Summer Flowering continued
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Scientific NameCommon NameNectar or Pollen Source? & CommentsLikely or confirmed Host Plant
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Corethrogyne filaginifolia
California Sand AsterYes,several moth species
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Cosmos bipinnatus+
Cosmos "Sensation"Yes, many bees, butterflies, beetles nectar on thisNon-Native
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Erigeron glaucus
Seaside daisyYes, also leafcutter, sweat, honey, & ultra-green sweat beesCheckerspots, moths
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Eriogonum latifolium
Coast buckwheatYes, also Bombus, Lasioglossum beesAcmon Blue, moths
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Festuca californica
California FescueNoFiery Skipper, Ochre Ringlet, Skippers
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Festuca rubra
Red FescueNoFiery Skipper, Ochre Ringlet, Skippers
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Grindelia stricta
Salt marsh gum plantYes, also leafcutter, sweat, honey & cuckoo bees.many moth species
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Helianthus annuus
Hairy-leaved Sunflower"Lemon Queen", Yes, leafcutter, honey, sweat bees alsomany moth species
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Helenium bigelovii
Bigelow's sneezeweedYes, also sweat bees and ultra-green sweat beesperhaps one Sulphur butterfly
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Lavandula stoechas
"Wings of Night" Spanish lavenderYes, Great nectar source for butterflies and beesNon-Native
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Lavandula x intermedia
French lavender"Provence" 'Yes, Great nectar source for butterflies and beesNon-Native
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Lilium columbianum
Columbia lilyNectar Sourcesome moth species
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Lilium pardilinum
Leopard lilyNectar Sourcesome moth species
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Monardella villosa
Coyote mintYes, primarily for butterfliesmany moth species
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Penstemon heterophylla
Foothill penstemonYes, also Xylocopa, Bombus beesBuckeye
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Perideridia kelloggii
Kellogg's YampahYes, from Carol Ralph of CNPSAnise Swallowtail
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Rudbeckia occidentalis
Western ConeflowerYes,One butterfly and moth species
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Sidalcea malviflora
Checker bloomYes, also sweat bees, Bombus beesPainted Lady, West Coast Lady, Skippers
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Solidago elongata
West Coast goldenrodYes, later summer nectar sourceLikely host plant for Field Crescent
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Symphyotrichum chilense
Pacific asterYes, pollen also. Sweat, leafcutter, bumble beesField Crescent, Checkerspots, moths
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