Narrow-leaf milkweed attracts butterflies and bees and is smaller in stature than showy milkweed. It tolerates very dry conditions and is, typically, found in thin rocky soil areas in the Willamette Valley. It is a host plant for Monarch butterflies.
Eriophyllum lanatum var. leucophyllum (Oregon Sunshine)
Provides a very long-lived showing of golden daisies to the mid-spring and summer landscape. The wooly leaves form a dense, nearly evergreen mat 1-2' tall. It is excellent as a border perennial or a groundcover and is one of the matrix species in the Willamette Valley prairies. Nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly and Field Cresent.
The flowers seem to float above the greenery in the Willamette Valley, where it grows among taller grass. Our iridescent solitary bees are very common sight on the large purple-violet flowers that are presented over a long period; June through early July. 16" tall, 20" wide. Key nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly.
Although the flowers are not showy, this plant is a must for a restoration site due to attracting many, many species of native bumblebees. The slender flower stems produce flowers for weeks; increasing its value for pollinators. It is found in upland prairies and mixed woodlands.
Potentilla gracilis (Slender or Graceful Cinquefoil)
Just as the common name says, this plant produces a graceful 1' mound of lacy fretted palmate foliage with sunshine yellow flowers. In western Oregon, it is a key species in both our wet and dry prairies and its long bloom-time in June attracts numerous native pollinators.
Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata (Lance Self-heal)
Our native self-heal, Oregon sunshine, and yarrow, are the work-horse species of restoration sites. The small seeds are attractive to goldfinches. Good bedding plant in the garden (short-rhizomes), purple spikes of flowers, medicinal plant "self-heal" used for many ailments, 0.5-2 ft tall. Nectar species for Sonora skipper and many other long tongued butterflies.
Very showy, large yellow flowers (sunflower family), large expressive leaves (aka "mule's ears"). The seeds are large and attract goldfinches at the height of summer. Nectar species for Field Cresent butterflies.