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

Painting of Lotus scoparius, by Albert Valentien

Lotus scoparius (Deerweed)
Painted by Albert Valentien
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Lotus scoparius

Lotus scoparius or California Broom or Deerweed is a leggy shrub in the pea family (Fabaceae), up to three feet high, typical of chaparral, but also occasional along roadsides, desert washes, and coastal areas. The flowers are yellow or sometimes orange, fading to orange/red after pollination, and look like typical pea flowers. They can bloom nearly year-round. The Acmon Blue butterfly uses species in the genera Lotus and Eriogonum as host plants.

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