John MacGregor jonivy at
Sat Sep 16 01:57:58 EDT 2000

> Joel,
> What plumbago are you asking about?
> "Cape plumbago" (Plumbago auriculata) is a major larval food plant for
> Marine Blue butterflies, but their imagos also like the nectar as well as
> the sweet and sticky secretions on the flower buds.  Today I watched Marine
> Blues, Cabbage Whites, and Gulf Fritillarys all nectaring on Cape plumbago
> here in Pasadena, CA.
> But there is another plumbago--the so-callded "dwarf plumbago" (Ceratostigma
> plumbaginoides), also known as "leadwort", with probably the most intense,
> true blue flowers of any plant.  This is a fine nectar source of many kinds
> of butterflies, and hummingbirds like it too--especially blackchins.
> John C. MacGregor IV, President
> San Gabriel Valley Chapter
> North American Butterfly Association
> 815 Park Avenue #4
> South Pasadena, CA 91030-2788
> jonivy at
> ----------
>>From: Joel <joelrobertlyons at>
>>To: "leps-l at" <leps-l at>
>>Subject: Plumbago
>>Date: Fri, Sep 15, 2000, 4:51 PM
>> Is this a nectar source for any butterfly?  We have conflicting
>> information in our books.
>> Thank you in advance,
>> Joel and Melanie
>> New Orleans, USA

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