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

Painting of Salix laevigata, by Albert Valentien

Salix laevigata (Red Willow)
Painted by Albert Valentien
© San Diego Natural History Museum

Salix laevigata

Salix laevigata or Red Willow is a shrub or tree reaching up to 25 feet. The flowering catkins appear along with or after the new leaves. Considered a good choice for riverbank stabilization, it may be found in areas that are dry for part of the year but have seasonal streams, as well as seepage areas, canyons and ditches. It is in the Salicaceae or willow family. Plants in the genus Salix serve as host plants for the Sylvan Hairstreak butterfly, the Lorquin's Admiral, and the Mourning Cloak.

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Text by Margaret Dykens