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Sara Orangetip - Anthocharis sara

The Sara Orangetip Butterfly is around sporadically in our garden. The caterpillars generally feed on plants in the Mustard family, Brassicaceae. The adults may eat nectar from the mustards but will eat from a wide variety of nectar bearing flowers, notably from Gilias, fiddlenecks, and borages. I have often found them on plants in the sage family  and lavenders. Good plant choices to encourage the Sara Orangetip to hang out in your garden are listed below:

Sara Orangetip, Anthocharis sara

Sara Orangetip Butterfly - sipping nectar from Gilia capitata. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Sara Orangetip, Anthocharis sara

Sara Orangetip Butterfly - sipping nectar from a lavender. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Allium howellii * Howell's Onion
Amsinkia tessellata * Bristly Fiddleneck, Devil's Lettuce
Brodiaea elegans, Triteleia elegans, Harvest Brodiaea
Brodiaea laxa * Ithuriel's Speaer
Brodiaea Rudy, Triteleia Rudy * Triplet Lily
Calliandra californica * Baja Fairy Duster
Calliandra eriophylla * Fairy Duster
Calliandra haematocephala * Pink Powderpuff
Calliandra haematocephala alba * White Powderpuff
Calliandra tweedii * Red Tassel Bush, Trinidad Flame Bush, Brazilian Flame Bush
Erysimum Apricot Twist * Apricot Twist Wallflower
Erysimum Bowles Mauve * Bowles Mauve Wallflower, Purple Wallflower
Erysimum Jenny Brook * Jenny Brook Wallflower
Erysimum linifolium variegatum * Variegated Wallflower
Gilia capitata * Globe Gilia, Thimble Flower, Bluehead Gilia
Gilia latifolia * Broad Leaved Gilia, Holly Leaf Gilia
Heliotropium arborescens alba * White Heliotrope
Heliotropium Black Beauty * Black Beauty Heliotrope
Heliotropium curassavicum Lavandula allardii Meerlo * Variegated Allard's Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote * Hidcote English Lavender
Lavandula dentata * French Lavender
Lavandula dentata candicans * Grey Leaved French Lavender Lavandula Goodwin Creek Grey * Goodwin Creek Lavender
Lavandula heterophylla * Sweet Lavender
Lavandula intermedia Fred Boutin * Lavandin Fred Boutin
Lavandula intermedia Grosso * Lavandin Grosso
Lavandula intermedia Provence * Blue Lavandin Lavender
Lavandula multifida * Fernleaf Lavender
Lavandula pinnata buchii * Jagged Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Atlas * Atlas Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Coco Blue White * Coco Blue White Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Javelin Forte White * Javelin Forte White Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Madrid Purple * Madrid Purple Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Otto Quast * Otto Quast Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Silver Anouk * Silver Anouk Spanish Lavender
Salvia Allen Chickering * Allen Chickering Sage
Salvia apiana * White Sage
Salvia brandegeei * Brandegee's Sage, Santa Rosa Island Sage
Salvia carduacea * Thistle Sage
Salvia Celestial Blue * Celestial Blue Sage
Salvia chionopeplica * Baja Sage
Salvia clevelandii * Cleveland Sage
Salvia coahuilensis * Coahuila Sage
Salvia Desperado * Desperado Sage
Salvia dorrii * Purple Desert Sage
Salvia leucantha * Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha Danielle's Dream * Danniele's Dream Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha Midnight * Midnight Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara * Santa Barbara Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha White Mischief * White Mischief Mexican Sage
Salvia leucophylla Amethyst Bluff * Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla Bee's Bliss * Bee's Bliss Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla * Purple Sage
Salvia mellifera * Black Sage
Salvia mellifera Green Carpet * Green Carpet Creeping Sage
Salvia mellifera Skylark * Skylark Sage
Salvia mellifera Terra Seca * Dwarf Black Sage
Salvia munzii * San Diego Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia munzii Emerald Cascade * San Miguel Mountain Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia officinalis Tricolor * Tricolored Culinary Sage
Salvia Pozo Blue * Grey Musk Sage
Salvia sonomensis Dara's Choice * Dara's Choice Creeping Sage
Salvia sonomensis Green Carpet * Green Carpet Creeping Sage
Salvia sonomensis Mrs Beard * Mrs Beard Creeping Sage
Salvia spathacea * Hummingbird Sage
Salvia Winnifred Gilman * Blue Sage
Trichostema lanatum * Woolly Blue Curls
Trichostema lanceolatum * Vinegar Weed
Trichosetma Midnight Magic * Midnight Magic Blue Curls
Triteleia ixioides analina * Pretty Face
Triteleia laxa * Ithuriel's Spear