Project: Mission Blue, Phase II

The beautiful Mission Blue butterfly.

The Mission Blue butterfly is a federally endangered species located only in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2011 CGCI partnered with Golden Gate National Park Conservancy to raise funds to increase lupine diversity and stabilize the mission blue butterfly population.Santa Rosa Garden Club has been supporting this project since its inception.

The program was successful in increasing the number of mission blue butterflies. In 2016 the Project entered Phase II to extend the existing fundraising through 2022. Funds will be used for propagation materials, planting and scientific experiments for lupine larval plants and twelve native nectar plants that have been identified.

Pictured are five of the twelve native nectar plants:

Blue-eyed grass (Sysyrinchium bellum)

Golden Aster (Heteotheca sessiliflora blonder)

Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora)

Coast Buckwheat (Eriogonum latifolium)

 

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

 

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