California Bee Plant
(Scrophularia californica)

HABITAT: California bee plant grows in the dry upland areas above the high tide line.  It can grow to be a bush that is 3 feet wide and 5 feet tall.

FOOD AND HABITAT PROVIDED: Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other insects collect nectar from the flowers. The seeds are a food source for seed-eating birds and mammals.

FUN FACT: Checkerspot butterflies use California bee plant as a food source and a defense strategy. By eating this plant, the larva become poisonous and the adult butterflies become unpalatable (bad tasting) to their predators.