2006, Big Cottonwood
Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah
This perennial plant grow up to 10
feet tall, pinkish blooms from June to August, lance shaped
leaves are opposite. Leaves and stems have stinging barbs.
Host plant for several butterflies including Question Mark - Polygonia interrogationis,
Eastern Comma - Polygonia comma,
Satyr Comma - Polygonia satyrus,
Milbert's Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis
milberti, Red Admiral - Vanessa
atalanta, and Hawaii's Kamehameha Lady - Vanessa tameamea.
To see available photos of the butterflies, click on
your choice of
COMMA - POLYGONIA SATYRUS
TORTOISESHELL - NYMPHALIS MILBERTI
ADMIRAL - VANESSA ATALANTA