Adjacent to the California Native Garden, and to the left of the path leading to the New Zealand Garden, you'll come across the first signs of a new Arboretum project – the Butterfly Garden, where landscaping and planting are already in progress.
(Common Name Coyote Mint, Alpine Mountain Balm)
This perennial herb is a grayish green, aromatic plant which forms large mats about 1 foot high, topped by dense flower heads ranging in color from near white to blue-purple.
Right, an Acmon Blue butterfly (Plebejus acmon) feeds on Monardella odoratissima.
Verbena lilacea has a handsome, mounding habit with blossoms in varying shades of purple, and is very attractive to butterflies.
Below and right, a Fiery Skipper butterfly (Hylephila phyleus) visiting verbena.
(Common Name Golden Rod)
Golden Rod is a tall, bright yellow herbaceous perennial found in meadows and pastures, along ditches and waste areas. It is a host to many insect species, including butterflies.
Right and below, an Acmon Blue butterfly (Plebejus acmon) feeds on Solidago confinis.
(Common Name Yerba Santa)
A native of the waterleaf family, this shrub can grow to a height of 5 or 6 feet. It has blue flowers, and its evergreen felted leaves were used by Native Americans as a medicinal tea to soothe a sore throat.