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Umber Skipper - Poanes melane

Umber Skippers are common in gardens, and open woodlands. The Umber Skipper is native to California, Arizona and Nortern Mexico. They collect nectar from buckwheats, mustards, thistles, verbenas, butterfly bushes and sages. We have an extensive list of plants that will attract these beauties to your butterfly garden.

Female Umber Skipper on a blade of grass

Female Umber Skipper on a blade of grass. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants to include in your Butterfly Garden to attract the Umber White Skipper:
Armeria maritima * Thrift
Buddleia Black Knight
Buddleia Harlequin
Buddleia Honeycomb
Buddleia Lochinch
Buddleia marrubifolia
Buddleia Miss Molly
Buddleia Nanho Purple
Buddleia Pink Delight
Buddleia White Profusion
Centaurea cyanus * Bachelor's Button
Centaurea cyanus Black Gem * Black Gem Bachelor's Button
Centaurea gymnocarpa * Dusty Miller
Centaurea montana * Mountain Bluet
Centranthus ruber
Cirsium occidentale
Eriogonum arborescens
Eriogonum cinereum
Eriogonum crocatum
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Eriogonum fasciculatum Warriner Lytle
Eriogonum giganteum
Eriogonum grande rubescens
Eriogonum incanum
Eriogonum latifolium
Eriogonum umbellatum
Eriogonum wrightii
Erysimum Apricot Twist
Erysimum Bowles Mauve
Erysimum Jenny Brook
Erysimum linifolium variegatum
Lantana Lucious Citrus Blend
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 clevelandii * Cleveland Sage
Salvia Desperado
Salvia dorrii * Purple Desert Sage
Salvia leucophylla Amethyst Bluff
Salvia leucophylla Bee's Bliss
Salvia leucophylla Point Sal * Purple Sage
Salvia mellifera * Black Sage
Salvia mellifera Green Carpet * Green Carpet Creeping Sage
Salvia mellifera Skylark * Skylark Black Sage
Salvia mellifera Terra Seca * Terra Seca Dwarf 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 spathacea * Hummingbird Sage
Salvia Winnefred Gilman * Blue Sage
Trichostema lanatum * Woolly Blue Curls
Trichostema lanceolatum * Vinegar Weed
Trichostema Midnight Magic * Midnight Magic Blue Curls
Verbena bonariense
Verbena lilacina De La Mina
Verbena lilacina Paseo Rancho
Verbena rigida