The Pollinator Corridors Project is providing food and nectar resources for native pollinators including monarch butterflies, native bees, and other native insects and birds by increasing native flowering plant biodiversity in Central California. Because native pollinators prefer to feed on native plants, we can increase their numbers and diversity by adding native plants to our landscapes. Our pollinator corridor plant lists emphasize early- and late-flowering nectar plants that support both spring and fall migrating and overwintering wild monarch butterflies.

Here is a list of Native Nectar Plant List for Monarch Butterflies in Santa Cruz County. Below are additional links to more in depth information on some of the plants we use for building pollinator corridors in our Central California restoration projects. You can visit these projects at sites throughout Santa Cruz County, including project sites detailed on our website.

HEY – Did you receive pollinator plants from us during an event or at our nursery?… If so – please help us map your contribution to building pollinator corridors!

Share your planting location using Google or Apple Maps. Simply drop a Pin by holding your finger on the map on your phone, then click “Share” and email the Pin to

Please include the number of plants and species that you planted. We will use this information to create a map of the growing corridors across Central California.

A California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica) nectars on California Aster (Symphyotrichum chilense) planted spring of 2022 along a fenceline next to the Visitor Center at Natural Bridges State Beach.
A painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) nectaring on a seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucous) planted on the East Cliff bluffs of the Seabright Beach restoration site.
A monarch butterfly (Danus plexippus) nectars on an early flowering red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) planted at the Lighthouse Field State Beach restoration site.
beach primrose (Camissonia cheiranthifolia)
beach sagewort (Artemisia pycnocephala)
beach strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
California bee plant (Scrophularia californica)
California goldenbush (Ericameria ericoides)
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica var. maritima)
California sagebrush (Artemisia californica)
coast buckwheat (Eriogonum latifolium)
cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
coyote bush (Baccharis pilularis)
gumplant (Grindelia stricta var. platyphyla)
lizard tail (Eriophyllum staechadifolium)
Pacific aster (Symphyotrichum chilense)
pink sand verbena (Abronia umbellata)
salt marsh baccharis (Baccharis glutinosa)
seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus)
self-heal (Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata)
sticky monkey flower (Diplacus aurantiacus)
yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
yellow bush lupine (Lupinus arboreus)
yellow sand verbena (Abronia latifolia)