Deerweed (Acmispon glaber) a.k.a. awsome butterfly host plant!

Acmispon glaber (used to be Lotus scoparius) is host to over four different native butterfly species!  The plants are in bloom all over the place right now in SoCal.  The flowers start yellow and once pollinated or upon aging turn a beautiful red orange color. It’s nothing to write home about in its off season, a bunch of little sticks really, but when it comes back to life it’s delicate leaves, cheerful little flowers, nitrogen fixing capabilities and being a host to so many butterflies makes it a native you’ll want to have!  (The picture below shows Deerweed nestled in amongst some buckwheat branches.)acmispon glaber-1 (1)

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