Nectar Sources by Region for California

Common Name

Scientific Name

Aloe

Aloe spp.

Aloe vera

Aloe barbadensis

Anise sage

Salvia guaranitica

Arizona penstemon

Penstemon pseudospectabilis

Australian bottle tree

Brachychiton bidwillii

Australian fuchsia, Correa

Correa puchella, C. neglecta, C. reflexa

Baja fairy duster

Calliandra peninsularis

Beauty bush

Kolkwitzia amabilis

Belize sage

Salvia miniata

Beloved Agapetes

Agapetes serpens

Bird of paradise

Strelitzia reginae

Bishop's hat

Epimedium gradiflorum

Bladderpod

Isomeris arborea

Bleeding heart

Clerodendrum thompsoniae

Blue-mist penstemon

Penstemon virens

Bottlebrush

Callistemon spp.

Bottlebrush

Melaleuca spp.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea spp.

Brazilian plume

Justicia carnea

Bridges penstemon

Penstemon bridgesii

Bush snapdragon

Galvezia speciosa

California fuchsia

Zauschneria (Epilobium) calfornica

California lilac, Buckbrush

Ceanothus fenfleri

Camellia, Sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua

Canna

Canna spp.

Cape fuchsia

Phygelius capensis

Cape honeysuckle

Tecomaria capensis

Cardinal climber

Ipomoea multifida

Cardinal shrub

Weigela florida

Cardinal's guard

Pachystachys coccinea

Century plant

Agave spp.

Cestrum

Cestrum elegans

Chaparral currant

Ribes malvaceum

Chaparral honeysuckle

Lonicera interrupta

Chilean glory flower

Eccremocarpus scaber

Chilean jasmine

Mandevilla laxa

Chinese plumbago

Ceratostigma willmottianum

Chuparosa

Justicia californica

Citrus

Citrus spp.

Claret cup cactus

Echinocereus triglochidiatus

Cleveland Sage

Salvia clevelandii

Columnea

Columnea spp.

Common witch hazel

Hamamelis virginiana

Coral bells

Heuchera sanguinea

Coral-bean, Coral tree

Erythrina spp.

Coralbush

Templetonia retusa

Cry-baby tree

Erythrina crista-galli

Cuphea (Mexican cigar)

Cuphea spp.

Desert honeysuckle

Anisacanthus spp.

Double-bubble mint

Agastache cana

Easter Cactus

Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri

Eggleaf beardtongue

Penstemon ovatus

Esperanza (yellow bells)

Tecoma stans

Fairy duster

Calliandra eriophylla

Firecraker vine

Manettia cordifolia

Firespike

Odontonema strictum

Flaming Katy kalanchoe

Kalanchoe sp.

Flamingo Glow

Beschorneria yuccoides

Flowering quince

Chaenomeles speciosa, C. japonica

Fountain plant, Firecracker plant

Russelia equisetiformis

Foxglove

Digitalis spp.

Frades

Escallonia exoniensis

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Ribes speciosum

Fushsia

Fushsia lyciodes, F. magellanica

Giant hummingbird lily

Agastache berberi

Gladiolus, Sword lily

Gladiolus spp.

Golden shrimp plane, Golden candle

Pachystachys lutea

Gregg sage

Salvia greggii

Gummy gooseberry

Ribes lobbii

Hackberry beardtongue

Penstemon subulatus

Hakea

Hakea spp.

Holiday cactus

Schlumbergera spp.

Honey bush

Melianthus major

Honey flower

Lambertia formosa

Hyssop, Giant hyssop

Agastache mexicana

Impatiens, Patient Lucy, Busy Lizzy

Impatiens wallerana

Indian paintbrush

Castilleja spp.

Iris

Iris spp.

Jubilee, South African heather, Heather

Erica mammosa

Kangaroo paw

Anigozanthos sp.

Lantana

Lantana spp.

Larkspur

Delphinium spp.

Lehmann's gum

Eucalyptus lebmannii

Lily of the nile

Agapanthus orientalis

Lion's ear

Leonotis leonurus

Mexican abelia

Abelia grandiflora

Mexican bush sage

Salvia leucantha

Mexican flame vine

Senecio confusus

Mexican honeysuckle, hummingbird bush

Justicia spicigera

Mexican milkweed

Asclepias curassavica

Mexican sage

Salvia mexicana

Mimosa

Alibizia julibrisssin

Mountain lilac

Ceanothus arboreus

Mountain pride

Penstemon newberryi

Net bush

Calothamnus spp.

Orchid tree

Bauhinia spp.

Oregon grape

Mahonia aquiflorum

Pagoda plant, Glory-bower

Clerodendrum speciosissimum

Palmer's penstemon

Penstemon palmeri

Parry penstemon

Penstemon parryi

Peach ginger

Hedychium coccineum

Pentas

Pentas lanceolata

Peruvian lily

Alstroemeria psittacina

Pigeon berry, Skyflower, Golden dewdrop

Duranta repens

Pineapple sage

Salvia elegans

Pineleaf penstemon

Penstemon pinifolius

Pitcher sage

Salvia spathacea

Powderpuff

Calliandra spp.

Pride of Maderia

Echium

Raspberry

Rubus spp.

Red bush penstemon, Honeysuckle penstemon

Penstemon cordifolius

Red currant

Ribes sanguineum

Red ironbark

Eucalyptus sideroxylon

Red yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora

Red-flowering gum

Eucalyptus ficifolia

Red-spotted gum

Eucalyptus mannifera

Sarlet runner bean

Phaseolus coccineus

Scarlet bouvardia

Bouvardia ternifolia

Scarlet hedge nettle

Stacys coccinea

Scarlet keckiella

Penstemon ternatus

Scarlet sage

Salvia splendens

Shrimp plant

Justicia brandegeana

Snapdragon

Antirrhinum majus

Snapdragon vine

Asarina antirrhinifolia

Spotted gum

Eucalyptus maculata

Sticky nama

Torricula peria

Strawberry tree

Arbutus unedo

Sugar bush, Honey flower

Protea mellifera

Sugar gum

Eucalyptus cladocalyx

Sultan's turban hibiscus

Malvaviscus arboreus

Sweet pea shrub

Polygala dalmaisiana

Trailing flowering maple

Abutilon megapotamicum

Tree mallow

Lavatera assurgentiflora

Trinidad flame bush, Mexican flame bush

Calliandra tweedii

Tropical hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Tulip tree

Liriodendron tulipifera

Violet churur

Iochroma cyaneum

Wandflower

Dierama gracile (D. pendulum, D. pulcherrimum)

Weeping bottlebrush

Callistemon viminalis

Western hound's tongue

Cynoglossum grande

White ironbark

Eucalyptus leucoxylon

Wooly blue-curls

Trichostema lanatum

Wright's penstemon

Penstemon wrightii

Yellow box

Eucalyptus melliodora

Zinnia

Zinnia spp.

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