Thinking About Weeds and Wildflowers

Thinking About Weeds and Wildflowers

Micro-Habitats; Knowing Your Land My husband and I live on a south facing hillside situated above the Novato Creek floodplains; it’s a beautiful,...

My Experience Raising Butterfly Larvae

My Experience Raising Butterfly Larvae

Before bringing caterpillars (larvae) into your home or classroom be sure that you know what species of butterfly they are and what their larval...

The Family Asclepiadaceae

The Family Asclepiadaceae

The genus name, Asclepias, derives from the Greek god and healer, Asclepios. The Roman god of healing and medicine was named Aesculapius, and there...

An Ode to Elderberries

An Ode to Elderberries

Elderberries and Other Native Fruits of Summer California native plants provided a rich and varied diet for the native peoples; this is a flora of...

Growing Milkweed From Seed

Growing Milkweed From Seed

Milkweed for the Monarch Butterflies Asclepias fascicularis Milkweeds provide important resources for many beneficial creatures, including Monarch...

Useful Nonnative Weeds

Useful Nonnative Weeds

I’d bet that we’re all pretty happy that the rainy season is over and cherishing the beautiful sunny days. With a good layer of mulch to help retain...