This card is part of our Animal and Plant Companions Series, which highlights native North American animals and plants who rely on each other for food, shelter, or survival. Let’s meet the pair and learn ways that we can help ensure they’re with us for generations to come!
Anna's Hummingbird is a year round resident of the Pacific Coast of North America with a range from southern British Columbia to northern Mexico. Like all hummingbirds, their long tongues are adapted to drinking nectar from plants with nectar spurs.
The Yellow Larkspur, like all Delphinium species, has nectar spurs which require long tongued pollinators like hummingbirds and moths. This beautiful flower only lives in coastal Sonoma County, CA and is listed as endangered. Only about 50 individuals are believed to exist as of 2000.
Both the Anna's Hummingbird and Yellow Larkspur are threatened by rising temperatures and increasing wildfires.
To learn more about saving the Yellow Larkspur and other rare plant species, visit the Center for Plant Conservation.
See all stories behind our Animal and Plant Companions Series here.
About the author:
Vincent Frano is an avid student of nature. He is trained as an herbalist with over 10 years of experience in European traditions with knowledge of Ayurvedic and North American herbs. He holds a BS in Sustainable Horticulture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he focused on herbal medicines, native plants, invasive species, and ecosystem restoration. Vincent is the co-founder of Small Victories and is the lead illustrator for Small Victories' products.
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