Thursday, May 14, 2015

Some native plants in the Native American Garden that attract wildlife

The native plants in the Marquez Native American Garden are popular with wildlife. They would also be good choices for drought tolerant home gardens as they don't require much irrigation. We are watering our new plants deeply once or twice a week. The area around the plants is mulched, therefore the ground stays more moist.  Here are some of the plants:

Bush Anenome: flowers attract hummingbirds and other pollinators
Cleveland Sage: attracts hummingbirds
Coffeeberry: pollinating insects and birds like the flowers and berries;
Deer Grass: provides nesting material for wildlife
Hummingbird Sage: hummingbirds like the pink flowers;
Island Alum Root: attracts hummingbirds
Mugwort: attractive to butterflies and birds;
Narrow Leaf Milkweed: attractive to monarch butterflies;
Pink Flowering Current: hummingbirds love the flowers and birds like the fruit;
Purple Sage: butterflies such as Painted Lady and Checkerspot like the flowers;
Yarrow: flowers attract butterflies
Island Alum Root: attracts hummingbirds

Sources of information about these and other native plants: "Flowering Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains, Coastal and Chaparral Regions of Southern California" by Nancy Dale; "California Native Plants for the Garden" Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O'Brien; California Native Plant Society, www.cnps.org.

Purple Sage


purple sage
                                                                                   Purple Sage  


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