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Plants that Attract Butterflies, A Gallery of Paintings by Albert Valentien

Painting of Amorpha californica, by Albert Valentien

Amorpha californica (False Indigo)
Painted by Albert Valentien
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Amorpha californica

Amorpha californica or False Indigo is in the Fabaceae, or pea family. It is a slender shrub with compound leaves that have prickle-like glands, and pea-like reddish-purple flowers in a terminal spike. It reaches up to 9 feet in height. The foliage of this plant is the only food for our California Dogface butterfly. The preferred habitat is typically wooded, shrubby areas of open slopes and chaparral.

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Text by Margaret Dykens