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Tule River Plants

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Milk Weed

Narrowleaf Milkweed, a flowering perennial native to the western United States, boasts thin, erect stems with distinctive long, pointed leaves, making it a crucial host plant for Monarch butterflies. Its lavender blooms and smooth milkweed pods contribute to butterfly gardens, but it may become weedy. While deciduous in winter, it resprouts in spring, often attracting aphids. Planting in less prominent spots is recommended, as aphids serve as food for ladybugs or birds. This deer-resistant species pairs well with other plants in Butterfly and Bird Gardens, especially those attracting adult Monarchs. Successful in various soil types, it's essential not to use pesticides to protect Monarch caterpillars. Strategic planting, proper watering, and consideration for its unique growth pattern enhance the beauty of Narrowleaf Milkweed in gardens.

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Valley Oak

The Valley Oak, native to the hot interior valleys of California, is the largest North American oak, with a potential height of 100 feet and a diameter exceeding two to three meters. Known for its alligator-hide-like bark, this species grows rapidly, reaching 60 feet in 20 years and living up to 600 years. In autumn, leaves turn yellow to light orange before browning. The pewter-colored bark adds to its aesthetic appeal. Leaves, matte green and roundly lobed, emit a forest scent when rubbed. The wood, dull brown approaching yellow, contrasts with acorns that fall in October, supporting various wildlife. Resilient to wildfires, it thrives in valley floors but can be found up to 5,600 ft. elevation. Associated with diverse trees, it dominates the California Central Valley. However, its size may make it unsuitable for average residential gardens, and caution is advised about providing irrigation within 30 feet due to potential limb breakage.

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Bladderpod

Bladderpod, specifically Parry's bladderpod (Peritoma arborea), is a native California shrub found in diverse habitats like chaparral and woodlands. With distinctive bladder-like fruits, it contributes to the plant biodiversity in the Tule River corridor. For specific details on bladderpod species in this area, consulting local botanical resources or conservation organizations is recommended.

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Salvia

One native Salvia species that could be found in the Tule River corridor is the **Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii).** Native to California, this aromatic perennial plant is part of the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is known for its fragrant leaves and lavender-blue flowers. The presence of specific Salvia species in the Tule River corridor may depend on the local ecological conditions and habitat characteristics. For accurate and detailed information about Salvia species in the Tule River area, consulting local botanical resources or conservation organizations is recommended.

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