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

Painting of Rhamnus crocea, by Albert Valentien

Rhamnus crocea (Spiny Redberry)
Painted by Albert Valentien
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Rhamnus crocea

Rhamnus crocea or Spiny Redberry is in the Rhamnaceae or buckthorn family, which also contains Ceanothus or California Lilac. It is an evergreen shrub, with rounded, lustrous leaves, and many branches, some of which may have thorn tips. It has very small flowers, but sports beautiful red berries when in fruit. Spiny Redberry is commonly encountered in coastal sage scrub, chaparral and woodlands. The Hermes Copper butterfly uses this plant as its host species.

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