Hummer/butterfly garden: Showy Milkweed is a perennial, with three foot tall stems and large gray five inch leaves. One plant can form a large clump by its spreading rhizomes. It needs sun. It is quite drought tolerant,(not in the same league though as Asclepias A. eriocarpa, erosa or californica ) plant, water well first summer and ignore. Tolerates alkaline soils and most gardens. Needs cross-pollination for fruit and seed development. Pollen is self-incompatible.
Spring Azure Butterfly, Celastrina ladon sunning on a Arctostaphylos pungens - This little butterfly is a rather startling blue when it opens its wings moving about the flowers. Host plants in California range from Chamise, Fern Bush, Cream Bush, Buckeye, Creek Dogwood, and others. This little butterfly ranges over most of North America in different forms and flavors. Nectar sources include almost and native flower.