It's 2018: Do You Know
Where Your Butterflies Are?

Dr. Art Shapiro on The State of Butterflies in CA on
Saturday, May 26 at our Butterfly Summit!

2nd Annual Butterfly Summit

We welcome back butterfly expert Dr. Arthur Shapiro – professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis, to our 2nd Annual BUTTERFLY SUMMIT on Saturday, May 26 at 11 am!

There's a lot of hype out there about the state of butterflies in California: Are the headlines about the Monarch being “endangered” true? Are insect faunas in free fall (as reported in Germany)? What are the relative impacts on butterflies of climate change, land use change, introduced species, and pesticides?

Dr. Shapiro is here to help sort fact from fiction AND help us mobilize into achievable action! He's spent the last 35 years collecting data on over 150 different butterfly species in his efforts to regularly monitor butterfly population trends in our changing climate – and will share what you can do to help struggling butterfly populations in the Bay Area, including gardening for native species, creating butterfly corridors and preserving habitat. Sure to be informative and fascinating, don't miss it!

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MILKWEED – their SOLE Host Plant!
Asclepias speciosa "Showy Milkweed"
Asclepias speciosa "Showy Milkweed"

Asclepias speciosa "Showy Milkweed"
Native to much of the western half of the US
, this fantastically fragrant and beautiful "Milkweed" is stunning in bloom with pretty pink, starry blooms on a 3' upright form. Needs very little to no Summer water once established and is tolerant of heat and most soils – including clayish. Forms a spreading clump with time. Hardy to USDA zone 4, deer resistant!

Asclepias physocarpa “Family Jewels Tree”
Asclepias speciosa 'Davis' "Davis Milkweed"

Asclepias physocarpa “Family Jewels Tree”
A SUPER EASY tree-like Milkweed from South Africa that grows fast enough to host Monarch caterpillars its first year. Brings vertical interest to the Summer garden with small star-shaped flowers followed by an abundance of 3” hairy green “family jewels” shaped seed pods. Fun!

Asclepias speciosa 'Davis' "Davis Milkweed"
We especially love this easy and vigorous "Milkweed" collected near Davis, CA for its silvery, downy foliage and large fragrant flower clusters! Thrives in poor, dry, well-drained soil as well as regular garden soil. Hardy to USDA zone 4, drought tolerant and deer resistant!

Asclepias syriaca “Virginia Silk”
Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red'

Asclepias syriaca “Virginia Silk”
Possibly the most beautiful of all Milkweeds AND the most fragrant! Native to much of the US, bearing large 4” pinky-mauve blooms divinely scented of lilac. EASY, TOUGH, LONG LIVED and tolerant of drought and poor soil. A nectar source for many butterflies and a host for Monarchs! Hardy USDA zone 4!

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red'
A new, deep red form of “Butterfly Milkweed” and super EASY to grow! Branching to 30” tall and topped Spring thru Summer with 3-4” clusters of scarlet flowers, Monarchs can sense these plants a mile away to lay their eggs on. To protect Monarchs from potentially spreading OE disease, cut back all foliage in late Fall. Hardy USDA zones 8-11.

Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’
Asclepias cancellata “Wild Cotton”

Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’
A wonderful addition to the butterfly garden, this evergreen and everblooming “Mexican Milkweed” produces endless 3-4” clusters of bright yellow flowers on a bushy shrub to 3’x3’. To protect Monarchs from potentially spreading OE disease, cut back all foliage in late Fall.

Asclepias cancellata “Wild Cotton”
Beautiful, bushy, evergreen and highly drought tolerant, this rare South African “Milkweed” is a spectacular Monarch magnet and host – and an important source of nectar and food for the lovely larvae. Base-branching with strong upright stems to a dense 4’ x 4’. Hardy USDA zones 8-10.

Need more Butterfly-friendly beauties?
See our entire list of habitat plants HERE!

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a fabulous selection!

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