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

Painting of Brassica sp., by Albert Valentien

Brassica sp. (Mustard)
Painted by Albert Valentien
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Brassica sp.

Brassica is a Mustard genus, and includes such common weedy species as Field Mustard (B. rapa) and Black Mustard (B. nigra). These species are not native to California; most of them originated in Eurasia, but many of them are naturalized nearly worldwide. Flowers are yellow, and in most members of the Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) or mustard family, there are four petals. This family includes many familiar cultivated food plants such as radish, broccoli, turnip, and horseradish. Felder's Orangetip and Cabbage White butterflies use plants in this family as host plants.

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