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Butterflies in Mind - Perennials. This book is a definitive guide to perennial nectar plants preferred by US butterflies. It empowers you to feed, attract, support (and help identify) nectar-feeding butterflies that reside in the US....

Rhamnus alaternus ‘Variegata’

Family: Rhamnaceae

Common name: BUCKTHORN

Synonyms: Rhamnus alaternus var. angustifolia, Rhamnus alaternus variegatus

Native to: Portugal To Northern Africa, Southeast Russia


Type: shrub

Forms: clumping, erect, spreading

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 15 feet

Max width: 24.5 feet


blue/green, yellow


green, secondary color present


Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bird, specific butterfly species

Plant part consumed by birds: fruit

Plant features: evergreen

Exposure: part shade, sun

Landscape uses: hedge or edging, screen

Propagates by: seed

flowers in spring

Soil type: loam

USDA Zones: zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: 0 to +30 °F

Water: drought tolerant, dry, regular

Butterflies that feed on this plant

  • Rhamnus alaternus 'variegatus' 2 2
  • Rhamnus alaternus 'variegatus' 2 3
  • Rhamnus alaternus 'variegatus' 2
  • Rhamnus alaternus 'variegatus' 3
  • Rhamnus alaternus 'variegatus'