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California Native Plants that Attract Birds & Butterflies

Designing wildlife friendly gardens or landscape is not only fun, but can be educational.  The plants listed here attract birds for berries, protection and habitat.  In addition, hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to many of these plants for nectar.  Adding water to the garden or landscape will also help to bring birds to the area.  Understanding the nature of the plants listed here will help to bring wildlife to the landscape throughout the year.  For example, Ceanothus and Ribes bloom in the late winter/early spring, Achilleas and Salvias bloom in the late spring/early summer, Sambucus bloom in the spring and fruit in the summer, Zauschneria bloom late summer/fall.  Choosing a plant palette such as this will bring wildlife to the landscape almost all year.

*Without a contractual agreement, material may be unavailable or only in limited quantities during certain times of the year.

 Taxonomic Name        Common Name                              
Achillea millefolium   Common Yarrow 
Achillea millefolium 'Pink Island Form' Pink Common Yarrow Selection
Aquilegia formosa Scarlet Columbine
Ceanothus ‘Blue Cascade’ Wild Lilac Hybrid
Ceanothus ‘Blue Jeans’ Wild Lilac Hybrid
Ceanothus 'Concha' Wild Lilac Hybrid
*Ceanothus crassifolius                            Hoary Ceanothus
*Ceanothus cyaneus     Lakeside Ceanothus
Ceanothus 'Dark Star' Wild Lilac Hybrid
Ceanothus 'Frosty Blue' Wild Lilac Hybrid
*Ceanothus gloriosus   Point Reyes Ceanothus
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay'                Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus gloriosus exaltatus ‘Emily Brown’ Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Heart's Desire'               Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Point Reyes'               Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Yankee Point' Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus griseus 'Kurt Zadnik'                  Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus griseus ‘Louis Edmunds’ Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus griseus 'Santa Ana'            Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus hearstiorum San Simeon Ceanothus
Ceanothus 'Joan Mirov' Wild Lilac Hybrid
Ceanothus 'Joyce Coulter' Wild Lilac Hybrid
Ceanothus ‘Julia Phelps’ Wild Lilac Hybrid
Ceanothus ‘Owlswood Blue’ Wild Lilac Hybrid
Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ Wild Lilac Hybrid
Ceanothus rigidus 'Snowball'           Wild Lilac Selection
*Ceanothus ‘Sierra Blue’ Wild Lilac Hybrid
Ceanothus spinosus Greenbark Ceanothus
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus                    Blue Blossom
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Skylark’ Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Louis Edmunds'   Wild Lilac Selection
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Snow Flurry' Wild Lilac Selection
Epilobium (see Zauschneria) California Fuchsia
*Eriogonum cinereum Ashy Leaf Buckwheat
*Eriogonum crocatum Conejo Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum ‘Bruce Dickinson’ California Buckwheat Selection
Eriogonum fasciculatum ‘Dana Point’ California Buckwheat Selection
*Eriogonum giganteum St. Catherine’s Lace
Eriogonum grande rubescens Red Buckwheat
*Eriogonum parvifolium Coast Buckwheat
Galvezia juncea Baja Bush Snapdragon
Galvezia speciosa Island Bush Snapdragon
Galvezia speciosa 'Firecracker' Island Bush Snapdragon Selection
Heteromeles arbutifolia Toyon
Heuchera 'Blushing Bells’                 Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera ‘Canyon Pink’ Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera 'Canyon Delight' Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera 'Lillian's Pink’                Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera maxima  Alum Root 
Heuchera maxima hybrids Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera 'Old La Rochette'                      Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera 'Opal' Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera 'Rosada'                                 Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera 'Santa Ana Cardinal'                 Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera  ‘Wendy’ Alum Root Hybrid
*Isomeris arborea Bladderpod
*Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Lobelia
*Lobelia dunnii Blue Lobelia
Lonicera involucrata Twinberry
Mahonia aquifolium                        Oregon Grape
*Mahonia nevinii                              Nevin’s Barberry
Mahonia repens                                 Creeping Barberry
Mimulus aurantiacus Bush Monkeyflower
Mimulus bifidus Sticky Monkeyflower
Mimulus cardinalis Scarlet Monkeyflower
Mimulus guttatus Streamside Monkeyflower
Mimulus longiflorus Bush Monkeyflower
Mimulus puniceus Red Monkeyflower
*Monardella crispa                               Crisp Monardella
*Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson'          Hummingbird Bee Balm
*Monardella odoratissima Coyote Mint
*Monardella 'Russian River'                     Bee Balm Hybrid
Opuntia littoralis Prickly Pear
Opuntia prolifera Coast Cholla
Penstemon centranthifolius Scarlet Bugler
Penstemon eatonii Firecracker Penstemon
Penstemon spectabilis                             Showy Penstemon
Prunus ilicifolia Hollyleaf Cherry
Prunus lyonii Catalina Cherry
Quercus agrifolia Coast Live Oak
Quercus chrysolepis Canyon Live Oak
Quercus dumosa Scrub Oak
Quercus engelmannii Mesa Oak
Quercus lobata Valley Oak
Rhamnus californica Coffeeberry
Rhamnus californica ‘Eve Case’ Coffeeberry Selection
Rhamnus californica ‘Mound San Bruno’ Coffeeberry Selection
Rhamnus crocea Redberry
Rhamnus crocea ilicifolia Holly-leaf Redberry
Ribes aureum Golden Currant
*Ribes sanguineum ‘Claremont’ Red-flowering Currant Selection
Ribes sanguineum glutinosum Pink-flowering Currant
*Ribes speciosum Fuchsia-flowering Currant
Ribes viburnifolium Evergreen Currant
Rosa californica California Wild Rose
Rubus ursinus Pacific Blackberry
Salvia apiana White Sage
Salvia clevelandii  Cleveland Sage
Salvia clevelandii 'Allen Chickering' Cleveland Sage Selection
Salvia clevelandii 'Aromas'                     Cleveland Sage Selection
*Salvia clevelandii 'Betsy Clebsch'           Cleveland Sage Selection
Salvia clevelandii ‘Winifred Gillman’ Cleveland Sage Selection
Salvia leucophylla Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla ‘Point Sal’ Purple Sage Selection
Salvia mellifera Black Sage
Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca' Black Sage Selection
Salvia munzii                                 San Miguel Mountain Sage
*Salvia munzii 'Emerald Cascade'    San Miguel Mountain Sage Selection
*Salvia sonomensis ‘Dara’s Choice’ Creeping Sage Selection
Salvia sonomensis ‘Ms. Beard’ Creeping Sage Selection
Salvia spathacea                                Hummingbird Sage
Sambucus mexicana Mexican Elderberry
Satureja douglasii                                Yerba Buena
*Satureja mimuloides                             NCN
*Silene laciniata Indian Pink
Sisyrinchium bellum Blue-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium californicum Yellow-eyed Grass
Symphoricarpos alba White Snowberry
Symphoricarpos mollis                       Snowberry
Vitis californica Wild Grape
Zauschneria californica California Fuchsia
Zauschneria californica ‘Catalina’ California Fuchsia Selection
Zauschneria californica 'Alba'                  California Fuchsia Selection
Zauschneria californica 'Carman's Grey'          California Fuchsia Selection
Zauschneria californica latifolia           California Fuchsia 
Zauschneria californica latifolia ‘Everett’s Choice’ California Fuchsia Selection
Zauschneria californica latifolia ‘Solidarity Pink’ California Fuchsia Selection
Zauschneria californica 'Wayne's Silver'        California Fuchsia Selection
Zauschneria cana Hoary Fuchsia
Zauschneria septentrionalis Humboldt County Fuchsia 

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