Sometimes I think the idea that planting natives and only natives in your garden is the morally 'right' thing to do is total bullshit. I mean as long as I am not planting invasive plants like Ivy or Bamboo or Acaia Trees why do I have to stick to natives? Most natives in Northern California are thistle-y or in the 'grasses' category.
BUT, even I have to admit this purple pincushion I planted last year is pretty awesome, and it's native, and the butterflies really dig it! So we are keeping it, and I just might be inspired to try a few more 'native' plants this year!
Ps. are you impressed with my live action wildlife shot? I couldn't believe I caught it, wildlife is so not usually my thing.