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Monarch Nectar Plants

This list is from the Xerces Society (February 2019), and is for all of California.
Use What Grows Here? to find those that grow wild in a particular region.
58 PLANTS
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Abronia latifolia    Coastal sand verbena,  Sand verbena,  Yellow sand verbena
native
Perennial herb

NYCTAGINACEAE

Abronia latifolia Abronia latifolia Abronia latifolia
2016 Richard Chasey
2007 Steve Matson
2019 Mary Conway

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

SAPINDACEAE

Aesculus californica Aesculus californica Aesculus californica
2006 Christopher L. Christie
2018 Joseph Belli
2014 Christopher Bronny

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

LAMIACEAE

Agastache urticifolia Agastache urticifolia Agastache urticifolia
2019 Richard Spjut
2015 Debra L. Cook
2003 Michael Charters

Anaphalis margaritacea    Pearly everlasting
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Anaphalis margaritacea Anaphalis margaritacea Anaphalis margaritacea
2018 Rachelle Gray
2014 James Gonsman
2014 James Gonsman

Apocynum cannabinum    Indian hemp,  Indianhemp dogbane
native
Perennial herb

APOCYNACEAE

Apocynum cannabinum Apocynum cannabinum Apocynum cannabinum
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
2015 Ron Vanderhoff
2015 Ron Vanderhoff

Baccharis pilularis    Coyote brush,  Dwarf chaparral broom
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Baccharis pilularis Baccharis pilularis Baccharis pilularis
2018 Cynthia Powell
2007 Neal Kramer
2008 Gary McDonald

Baccharis salicifolia    Mule fat., seep willow,  Mule's fat,  Mulefat
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Baccharis salicifolia Baccharis salicifolia Baccharis salicifolia
2014 Jesse Rorabaugh
2018 Ron Vanderhoff
2015 Jesse Rorabaugh

Baccharis sarothroides    Desertbroom baccharis
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Baccharis sarothroides Baccharis sarothroides Baccharis sarothroides
2015 Keir Morse
2018 Ron Vanderhoff
2014 Diane Etchison

Berberis aquifolium    Mountain grape,  Mountaingrape,  Oregon grape
native
Shrub

BERBERIDACEAE

Berberis aquifolium Berberis aquifolium Berberis aquifolium
2006 Heath McAllister
2006 Louis-M. Landry
2010 Louis-M. Landry

Bidens cernua    Nodding beggartick
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Bidens cernua Bidens cernua Bidens cernua
2016 Steve Ashcraft
2016 Steve Ashcraft
2008 Steve Matson

Bidens laevis    Bur marigold
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Bidens laevis Bidens laevis Bidens laevis
2016 Barbara Boethling
2018 Ron Vanderhoff
2018 Michelle Tollett

Cephalanthus occidentalis    Common buttonbush
native
Shrub

RUBIACEAE

Cephalanthus occidentalis Cephalanthus occidentalis Cephalanthus occidentalis
2007 Stacie Sherman
2018 Jay Chamberlain
2018 Richard Spjut

Chilopsis linearis    Desert willow
native
Shrub

BIGNONIACEAE

Chilopsis linearis Chilopsis linearis Chilopsis linearis
2004 James M. Andre
2019 Marisa Persaud
2013 Jean Pawek

Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus    Green rabbitbrush,  Stickyleaf rabbitbrush,  Yellow rabbitbrush
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus
2005 Christopher L. Christie
2005 Steve Matson
2009 James M. Andre

Clematis ligusticifolia    Creek clematis,  Western virgin's bower,  Western white clematis
native
Perennial herb, Vine

RANUNCULACEAE

Clematis ligusticifolia Clematis ligusticifolia Clematis ligusticifolia
2009 Neal Kramer
2013 David popp
2009 Keir Morse

Dasiphora fruticosa    Shrubby cinquefoil
native
Shrub

ROSACEAE

Dasiphora fruticosa Dasiphora fruticosa Dasiphora fruticosa
2011 Sierra Pacific Industries
2010 Lee Dittmann
2004 Robert Sivinski

Dichelostemma capitatum    Blue dicks,  Wild hyacinth
native
Perennial herb

THEMIDACEAE

Dichelostemma capitatum Dichelostemma capitatum Dichelostemma capitatum
2017 Alison Sheehey
2019 Chico Hiking Association
2019 Chico Hiking Association

Encelia californica    Bush sunflower,  California brittlebush,  California encelia
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Encelia californica Encelia californica Encelia californica
2007 Shawn DeCew
2011 Zoya Akulova
2010 Michael O'Brien

Ericameria nauseosa    Rubber rabbitbrush
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Ericameria nauseosa Ericameria nauseosa Ericameria nauseosa
2003 Michael Charters
2005 Christopher L. Christie
2005 Steven Perkins

Erigeron glaucus    Seaside daisy,  Seaside fleabane
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Erigeron glaucus Erigeron glaucus Erigeron glaucus
2018 Saskia Raether
2018 Bill Schmidt
2018 Asa B Spade

Eriodictyon angustifolium    Narrow leaved yerba santa,  Narrowleaf yerba santa
native
Shrub

BORAGINACEAE

Eriodictyon angustifolium Eriodictyon angustifolium Eriodictyon angustifolium
2007 Trent M. Draper
2005 James M. Andre
2005 James M. Andre

Eriogonum umbellatum    Sulphur buckwheat,  Sulphur flower buckwheat
native
Perennial herb

POLYGONACEAE

Eriogonum umbellatum Eriogonum umbellatum Eriogonum umbellatum
2003 Christopher L. Christie
2015 Jim Bearden
2005 Steven Perkins

Erysimum capitatum    Sanddune wallflower,  Western wallflower
native
Perennial herb

BRASSICACEAE

Erysimum capitatum Erysimum capitatum Erysimum capitatum
2019 Diane Etchison
2018 Liz Block
2019 Diane Etchison

Mimulus guttatus    Yellow monkey flower
(currently Erythranthe guttata)
native
Annual, Perennial herb (rhizomatous)

PHRYMACEAE

Mimulus guttatus Mimulus guttatus Mimulus guttatus
2019 Chico Hiking Association
2018 Cynthia Powell
2015 James Gonsman

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

ASTERACEAE

Euthamia occidentalis Euthamia occidentalis Euthamia occidentalis
2012 Ron Vanderhoff
2018 Ron Vanderhoff
2008 Jennifer Buck

Grindelia camporum    Common gumplant,  Great valley gumweed,  Gum plant
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Grindelia camporum Grindelia camporum Grindelia camporum
2015 Diane Etchison
2001 Jeff Abbas
2019 Ron Vanderhoff

Grindelia stricta    Coastal gumweed,  Gumweed,  Oregon gumweed
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Grindelia stricta Grindelia stricta Grindelia stricta
2007 Trent M. Draper
2008 Jorg Fleige
2014 John Doyen

Helianthus annuus    Common sunflower,  Hairy leaved sunflower,  Sunflower
native
Annual herb

ASTERACEAE

Helianthus annuus Helianthus annuus Helianthus annuus
2019 Laura Moon
2017 Kristin Sabo
2019 Laura Moon

Helianthus bolanderi    Bolander's sunflower,  Serpentine sunflower
native
Annual, Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Helianthus bolanderi Helianthus bolanderi Helianthus bolanderi
2008 Lynn Watson
2013 Scot Loring
2011 Barry Breckling

Heteromeles arbutifolia    Christmas berry,  Toyon
native
Shrub

ROSACEAE

Heteromeles arbutifolia Heteromeles arbutifolia Heteromeles arbutifolia
2017 Gary McDonald
2017 Gary McDonald
2004 George W. Hartwell

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

Lobelia cardinalis    Cardinalflower
native
Perennial herb

CAMPANULACEAE

Lobelia cardinalis Lobelia cardinalis Lobelia cardinalis
2006 Louis-M. Landry
2016 Wynn Anderson
2008 Louis-M. Landry

lobelia dunnii    Dunn's lobelia
(currently Lobelia dunnii)
native
Perennial herb

CAMPANULACEAE

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

Monardella odoratissima    Desert mint,  Mountain monardella
native
Perennial herb

LAMIACEAE

Monardella odoratissima Monardella odoratissima Monardella odoratissima
2004 Steve Matson
2014 Sierra Pacific Industries
2018 Karen Scheuermann

Monardella villosa    Coyote mint
native
Perennial herb

LAMIACEAE

Monardella villosa Monardella villosa Monardella villosa
2019 Marisa Persaud
2012 Terrence Gosliner
2001 Jeff Abbas

Penstemon speciosus    Royal beardtongue,  Royal penstemon,  Showy penstemon
native
Perennial herb

PLANTAGINACEAE

Penstemon speciosus Penstemon speciosus Penstemon speciosus
2005 Christopher L. Christie
2010 Aaron Schusteff
2018 Dee Shea Himes

Cleome isomeris    Bladderpod
(currently Peritoma arborea)
native
Shrub

CLEOMACEAE

Cleome isomeris Cleome isomeris Cleome isomeris
2018 Thomas Egan
2016 Steven M Norris
2015 Jesse Rorabaugh

Phacelia tanacetifolia    Lacy phacelia,  Tansy leafed phacelia
native
Annual herb

BORAGINACEAE

Phacelia tanacetifolia Phacelia tanacetifolia Phacelia tanacetifolia
2015 Debra L. Cook
2019 Diane Etchison
2010 Neal Kramer

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

HYDRANGEACEAE

Philadelphus lewisii Philadelphus lewisii Philadelphus lewisii
2003 Christopher L. Christie
2008 Keir Morse
2018 Chico Hiking Association

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

ROSACEAE

Prunus ilicifolia Prunus ilicifolia Prunus ilicifolia
2018 Debra L. Cook
1995 Saint Mary's College of California
2019 Diane Etchison

Prunus virginiana    Chokecherry
native
Tree, Shrub

ROSACEAE

Prunus virginiana Prunus virginiana Prunus virginiana
2006 Louis-M. Landry
2016 Zoya Akulova
2018 Chico Hiking Association

Rhus integrifolia    Lemonade berry,  Lemonade sumac
native
Shrub

ANACARDIACEAE

Rhus integrifolia Rhus integrifolia Rhus integrifolia
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
2006 Steve Matson
2015 Susan McDougall

Rhus ovata    Sugar bush,  Sugar sumac
native
Shrub

ANACARDIACEAE

Rhus ovata Rhus ovata Rhus ovata
2013 Anne Olivares
2013 David popp
2018 David Wolfson

Ribes aureum    Golden currant
native
Shrub

GROSSULARIACEAE

Ribes aureum Ribes aureum Ribes aureum
2018 Marcyn Del Clements
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
2019 Ron Vanderhoff

Salvia clevelandii    Cleveland sage,  Fragrant sage
native
Shrub

LAMIACEAE

Salvia clevelandii Salvia clevelandii Salvia clevelandii
2013 Keir Morse
2009 Curtis Croulet
2013 Keir Morse

Salvia dorrii    Desert sage,  Dorr's sage,  Purple sage
native
Shrub

LAMIACEAE

Salvia dorrii Salvia dorrii Salvia dorrii
2019 Wendy Walker
2019 Wendy Walker
2007 Dr. Mark S. Brunell

Salvia leucophylla    San luis purple sage
native
Shrub

LAMIACEAE

Salvia leucophylla Salvia leucophylla Salvia leucophylla
2015 Steven M Norris
2016 John Doyen
2019 Janith Johnson

Salvia mellifera    Black sage
native
Shrub

LAMIACEAE

Salvia mellifera Salvia mellifera Salvia mellifera
2019 Diane Etchison
2009 Keir Morse
2018 Aaron Echols

Symphoricarpos albus    Common snowberry
native
Shrub

CAPRIFOLIACEAE

Symphoricarpos albus Symphoricarpos albus Symphoricarpos albus
2015 Margo Bors
2007 Neal Kramer
2015 Chris Jaster

Symphyotrichum chilense    California aster,  Pacific aster
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Symphyotrichum chilense Symphyotrichum chilense Symphyotrichum chilense
2018 Stacie Wolny
2018 Stacie Wolny
2018 Stacie Wolny

Trichostema lanatum    Woolly bluecurls
native
Shrub

LAMIACEAE

Trichostema lanatum Trichostema lanatum Trichostema lanatum
2017 Ron Vanderhoff
2019 Diane Etchison
2019 Diane Etchison

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

VERBENACEAE

Verbena lasiostachys Verbena lasiostachys Verbena lasiostachys
2019 Diane Etchison
2018 Gary McDonald
2019 Diane Etchison