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Monarch Nectar Plants

... for all of California. Use What Grows Here? to find those that grow wild in a particular region.
52 PLANTS
Symphyotrichum   


Helianthus   


Monardella   


Phacelia   


Baccharis   


Cirsium   


Clematis   


Solidago   


Cleome   


Ericameria   


Asclepias   


Bidens   


Rhus   


Chrysothamnus   


Abronia latifolia    Coastal sand verbena,  Sand verbena,  Yellow sand verbena
native
Perennial herb

NYCTAGINACEAE

Abronia latifolia Abronia latifolia Abronia latifolia
2016 Richard Chasey
2018 Ken Hickman
2015 John Malpas

Aesculus californica    Buckeye,  California buckeye,  California horse chestnut
native
Tree

SAPINDACEAE

Aesculus californica Aesculus californica Aesculus californica
2004 George W. Hartwell
2018 Joseph Belli
2009 Neal Kramer

Agastache urticifolia    Horse mint,  Horsemint giant hyssop,  Nettle leaf giant hyssop
native
Perennial herb

LAMIACEAE

Agastache urticifolia Agastache urticifolia Agastache urticifolia
2003 Michael Charters
2010 Barry Breckling
2015 Debra L. Cook

Bebbia juncea    Sweetbush
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Bebbia juncea Bebbia juncea Bebbia juncea
2008 Christopher L. Christie
2012 Keir Morse
2007 Michelle Cloud-Hughes

Cephalanthus occidentalis    Common buttonbush
native
Shrub

RUBIACEAE

Cephalanthus occidentalis Cephalanthus occidentalis Cephalanthus occidentalis
2007 Stacie Sherman
2018 Richard Spjut
2008 Louis-M. Landry

Chilopsis linearis    Desert willow
native
Shrub

BIGNONIACEAE

Chilopsis linearis Chilopsis linearis Chilopsis linearis
2004 James M. Andre
2013 Jean Pawek
and Buff Corsi 2007 California Academy of Sciences

Clarkia unguiculata    Elegant clarkia,  Mountain garland,  Woodland clarkia
native
Annual herb

ONAGRACEAE

Clarkia unguiculata Clarkia unguiculata Clarkia unguiculata
2007 Lynn Watson
2007 Neal Kramer
2017 Rebecca Schoenenberger

Clarkia williamsonii    Fort Miller clarkia,  Fort Miller fairyfan
native
Annual herb

ONAGRACEAE

Clarkia williamsonii Clarkia williamsonii Clarkia williamsonii
2009 Neal Kramer
2009 Keir Morse
2006 Matt Below

Delphinium glaucum    Glaucus larkspur,  Sierra larkspur
native
Perennial herb

RANUNCULACEAE

Delphinium glaucum Delphinium glaucum Delphinium glaucum
2009 Keir Morse
2009 Keir Morse
2007 Michelle Cloud-Hughes

Dichelostemma capitatum    Blue dicks,  Wild hyacinth
native
Perennial herb

THEMIDACEAE

Dichelostemma capitatum Dichelostemma capitatum Dichelostemma capitatum
2006 Michelle Cloud-Hughes
2015 Brent Morgan
2018 Hector Borjas

Erigeron glaucus    Seaside daisy,  Seaside fleabane
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Erigeron glaucus Erigeron glaucus Erigeron glaucus
2018 Saskia Raether
2006 Steve Matson
2018 Hilary Tayeb

Eriodictyon tomentosum    Woolly yerba santa
native
Shrub

BORAGINACEAE

Eriodictyon tomentosum Eriodictyon tomentosum Eriodictyon tomentosum
2008 Keir Morse
2008 Neal Kramer
2008 Neal Kramer

Eriogonum umbellatum    Sulphur buckwheat,  Sulphur flower buckwheat
native
Perennial herb

POLYGONACEAE

Eriogonum umbellatum Eriogonum umbellatum Eriogonum umbellatum
2003 Christopher L. Christie
2018 Cynthia Powell
2005 Steven Perkins

Eurybia radulina    Roughleaf aster
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Eurybia radulina Eurybia radulina Eurybia radulina
2008 Keir Morse
2009 Neal Kramer
2008 Keir Morse

Euthamia occidentalis    Western flat topped goldenrod,  Western goldenrod,  Western goldentop
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Euthamia occidentalis Euthamia occidentalis Euthamia occidentalis
2018 Ron Vanderhoff
2017 Evan Josa
2008 Jennifer Buck

Justicia californica    Beloperone,  Chuparosa
native
Shrub

ACANTHACEAE

Justicia californica Justicia californica Justicia californica
1998 Christopher L. Christie
2017 Fred Melgert / Carla Hoegen
2008 Christopher L. Christie

Lepidospartum squamatum    California broomsage,  California broomshrub,  Scale broom
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Lepidospartum squamatum Lepidospartum squamatum Lepidospartum squamatum
2018 Diane Etchison
2018 Diane Etchison
2001 Thomas M. Elder, M.D.

Lobelia dunnii    Dunn's lobelia
native
Perennial herb

CAMPANULACEAE

Lobelia dunnii Lobelia dunnii Lobelia dunnii
2011 Neal Kramer
2017 Trevor Schalla
2013 Aaron Schusteff

Lupinus formosus    Lupine,  Summer lupine,  Western lupine
native
Perennial herb

FABACEAE

Lupinus formosus Lupinus formosus Lupinus formosus
2006 Doreen L. Smith
2011 Aaron Arthur
2011 Zoya Akulova

Lupinus microcarpus    Chick lupine
native
Annual herb

FABACEAE

Lupinus microcarpus Lupinus microcarpus Lupinus microcarpus
2007 Neal Kramer
2005 Christopher L. Christie
2006 Steve Matson

Penstemon heterophyllus    Bunchleaf penstemon,  Foothill penstemon
native
Perennial herb

PLANTAGINACEAE

Penstemon heterophyllus Penstemon heterophyllus Penstemon heterophyllus
2006 Matt Below
2015 Debra L. Cook
2012 Gary McDonald

Penstemon procerus    Littleflower penstemon,  Small flowered penstemon
native
Perennial herb

PLANTAGINACEAE

Penstemon procerus Penstemon procerus Penstemon procerus
2007 Dianne Fristrom
2006 Steve Matson
2011 Vernon Smith

Philadelphus lewisii    Lewis' mock orange,  Mock orange,  Wild mock orange
native
Shrub

HYDRANGEACEAE

Philadelphus lewisii Philadelphus lewisii Philadelphus lewisii
2003 Christopher L. Christie
2014 Robert Sikora
2007 George W. Hartwell

Pluchea odorata    Salt marsh fleabane,  Sweetscent
native
Annual, Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Pluchea odorata Pluchea odorata Pluchea odorata
2009 Thomas Stoughton
2018 Cynthia Powell
2004 Robert Sivinski

Prosopis velutina    Velvet mesquite
non-native
Tree, Shrub

FABACEAE

Prosopis velutina Prosopis velutina Prosopis velutina
2002 James B. Gratiot
2002 James B. Gratiot
2015 Richard Spellenberg

Prunus ilicifolia    Holly leaf cherry,  Holly leaved cherry,  Hollyleaf cherry
native
Tree, Shrub

ROSACEAE

Prunus ilicifolia Prunus ilicifolia Prunus ilicifolia
2018 Debra L. Cook
2014 Garth Wadsworth
2013 Jean Pawek

Ribes aureum    Golden currant
native
Shrub

GROSSULARIACEAE

Ribes aureum Ribes aureum Ribes aureum
2010 Barry Breckling
2012 Jean Pawek
2007 Louis-M. Landry

Rudbeckia occidentalis    Western coneflower
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Rudbeckia occidentalis Rudbeckia occidentalis Rudbeckia occidentalis
2012 Barry Rice
2015 Julie Kierstead Nelson
2015 Julie Kierstead Nelson

Salix lasiolepis    Arroyo willow
native
Tree, Shrub

SALICACEAE

Salix lasiolepis Salix lasiolepis Salix lasiolepis
2009 Neal Kramer
2012 Zoya Akulova
2008 Keir Morse

Salvia columbariae    Chia sage
native
Annual herb

LAMIACEAE

Salvia columbariae Salvia columbariae Salvia columbariae
2006 James M. Andre
2004 Michelle Cloud-Hughes
2006 Larry Blakely

Salvia mellifera    Black sage
native
Shrub

LAMIACEAE

Salvia mellifera Salvia mellifera Salvia mellifera
2006 Steve Matson
2018 Aaron Echols
2009 Keir Morse

Senecio blochmaniae    Dune ragwort
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Senecio blochmaniae Senecio blochmaniae Senecio blochmaniae
2010 Chris Winchell
2003 Christopher L. Christie
2003 Christopher L. Christie

Sphaeralcea ambigua    Apricot mallow,  Desert globemallow,  Desert mallow
native
Perennial herb

MALVACEAE

Sphaeralcea ambigua Sphaeralcea ambigua Sphaeralcea ambigua
1998 Larry Blakely
2018 Diane Etchison
2005 Gene Wagner, RPh.

Symphyotrichum chilense    California aster,  Pacific aster
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Symphyotrichum chilense Symphyotrichum chilense Symphyotrichum chilense
2009 Jorg Fleige
2009 Neal Kramer
2018 Stacie Wolny

Trifolium fucatum    Bull clover,  Sour clover
native
Annual herb

FABACEAE

Trifolium fucatum Trifolium fucatum Trifolium fucatum
2014 Al Keuter
2008 Zoya Akulova
2009 Margo Bors

Glandularia gooddingii    Southwestern mock vervain
(currently Verbena gooddingii)
native
Perennial herb

VERBENACEAE

Glandularia gooddingii Glandularia gooddingii Glandularia gooddingii
2014 John Doyen
2008 Steve Matson
2010 James M. Andre

Verbena lasiostachys    Common verbena,  Vervain,  Western verbena
native
Perennial herb

VERBENACEAE

Verbena lasiostachys Verbena lasiostachys Verbena lasiostachys
2003 Margo Bors
2011 Neal Kramer
2006 Dr. Mark S. Brunell

Wyethia angustifolia    California compassplant,  Narrow leaf mule ears,  Narrow leaved mule ears
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Wyethia angustifolia Wyethia angustifolia Wyethia angustifolia
2018 Saskia Raether
2004 Carol W. Witham
2015 Barry Breckling