California Native Plants


California Native Plants29 Jul 2014 06:32 pm

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Malacothamnus palmeri

California Native
Evergreen Shrub

Sun: Full to Part Sun
Water: Low once established
Size: Bushy, erect stems to 6 feet

Vibrant green foliage year-round gives to small bright pink flowers throughout the summer. Coastal native (Big Sur Area). Butterfly plant. Hardy to 10F.

 

California Native Plants22 May 2014 09:01 am

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Mimulus “Esselen” – Santa Lucia Monkeyflower

California Native
Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Low
Size: 2ft.

Compact shrub with glossy green leaves and bright orange flowers in spring and summer. Great for coastal gardens. Attracts hummingbirds and is a host plant for the Checkerspot butterfly. Deer resistant. Hardy to 20F.

California Native Plants&Photography&Plants18 May 2014 08:58 am

The Dudleyas are always a crowd-pleaser, what with the small chalky leaves and green leaves and long bloom spikes with pale small flowers too.

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Dudleya anomala is our newest member of the California native Sea-Lettuce family. I wonder how it got a strange name like that? This one is pretty reliably green and doesn’t get too red in sun. Where in California is it from? Why its from Baja California.

Tight clusters of green rosettes with slightly red tips in full sun. White flowers on long bloom stalks.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

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Dudleya brittonii is the classic Giant Chalk Dudleya, also from Baja California.

18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

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Finally we have the very red Dudleya farinosa – Sea Lettuce, our own Northern California coastal succulent.

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
California Native Plants07 May 2014 10:06 am

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Achillea millefolium “Sunrise” – Yarrow

Hybrid from California Native
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Low to Moderate
Size: Fern-like foliage to 2ft.

Golden yellow flowers with a touch of pink in Spring/Summer. Remove spent flowers for a late summer rebloom. Cut flowers last a long time, look great dried. Attracts Butterflies. Hardy to below 0°F.

California Native Plants21 Mar 2014 07:22 am

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Cercis occidentalis
Western Redbud

Southwestern US/California Native
Evergreen tree

Sun: Full to Partial
Water: Winter rain, summer drought
Size: 20ft.

Careful not to disturb roots when transplanting. Magenta flowers in Spring. From rocky soils at foothills. Bright green kidney-shaped leaves.

California Native Plants&Questions18 Mar 2014 08:42 am

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Dudleya brittonii, the Giant Chalk Dudleya from Baja California. Now don’t argue with me here – I have an answer for any objections you might have to my answer below.

Q: How do you differentiate between a dudleya and a echeveria?

-Mary
(via Instagram)

Mary-

They are very closely related! But Dudleyas are California native and summer dormant, while Echeverias are Mexican and winter dormant. Also Echeveria flowers are more brightly colored.

Peter

California Native Plants17 Mar 2014 06:58 am

Rikki and Jordan went hiking yesterday and found some very photogenic succulents.

Dudleya farinosa Pt Reyes

Dudleya farinosa is the most common of the local native Sea Lettuces. Still, the plants are small and often found in rocky crevices, so look for them!

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Thanks Rikki!

 

California Native Plants03 Mar 2014 09:11 am

California Lilacs are not just lilac color. First for comparison we have a lilac colored Ceanothus.

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Ceanothus “Vandenberg”
Santa Barbara Ceanothus
Native to California
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 5ft. x 5ft.
Small dark green leaves, compact clusters of dark blue flowers in late winter. Deer resistant. Hardy to 15F.

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Ceanothus “Snow Flurry” is the white flowered one.
White Wild Lilac
Native to California
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low, some in summer
Size: 12 max.

Provides seeds that native birds thrive on. Huge sprays of brilliant white flowers in spring. Rich green leaves. Perfect for Bay Area gardens – drought-tolerant, easy to grow.

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Ceanothus “Ray Hartman” is too blue for my eyes.
Mountain Lilac
Native to California
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 20′max.

Light blue flowers, dark green leaves. Fast-growing, completely drought-tolerant. Cold and heat hardy. Do not irrigate.

California Native Plants31 Jan 2014 08:28 am

Ceanothus Emily Brown

Ceanothus “Emily Brown” is always the most popular of the Holly Leaf Lilacs. And the Holly Leaf Lilacs are always very popular because they are so very deer resistant. As deer resistant as a Euphorbia? No! Not quite that deer resistant, but resistant enough. You can really see how sharp-edged those leaves are. That’s a lot of resistance.

Native to California
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Moderate to Full Sun
Water: Drought tolerant
Size: 2ft. to 3ft. tall

Low-spreading shrub with rich dark green leaves, dark blue blooms in spring. Edible seeds are favored by native birds. Deer-resistant, cold-hardy, doesn’t like temps over 100F.

 

California Native Plants28 Jan 2014 07:15 am

Well actually just one popular California Sage, a useful and pretty sage, a Lavender Sage.

How useful? You can use the dried leaves for cooking or for tea, or you could leave the whole plant in place in your garden and have a pretty and fragrant garden plant. Or all three! It’s that popular.

Salvia Allen Chickering

Salvia “Allen Chickering”
Lavender Sage

California Native
Evergreen perennial

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 4 to 6 ft.

Fragrant leaves make a nice tea. Lavender flower whorls make this a Bay Area garden favorite. Deer resistant, attracts butterflies, fragrant flowers. Hardy to 20.

California Native Plants27 Jan 2014 08:11 am

This particular popular Ceanothus is a very tall shrub, some would say a tree but some would say that technically its a shrub. Excellent arguments all around!

Ceanothus Ray Hartman

Ceanothus “Ray Hartman”

Native to California
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 20′max.

Light blue flowers, dark green leaves. Fast-growing, completely drought-tolerant. Cold and heat hardy. Do not irrigate.

California Native Plants26 Jan 2014 08:07 am

I posted a picture of this Ceanothus last week, but this new picture is even better so you get a double dose.

Ceanothus Joyce Coulter

Ceanothus “Joyce Coulter”

You’ll have to click back to see the plant information that goes with this. And then you can judge for yourself whether it was worth reblogging so soon after.

California Native Plants23 Jan 2014 12:41 pm

Lotus crassifolius otayensis

Lotus crassifolius v. otayensis

Native to California
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Moderate to Full
Water: Low to Moderate
Size: 3 feet

Furry grey upright stems, clusters of purple and white pea-sized flowers in spring, grey-green oblong leaves.

California Native Plants18 Jan 2014 07:19 am

Ceanothus Joyce Coulter

Ceanothus “Joyce Coulter”
Creeping Mountain Lilac

Native to California
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Moderate to Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 2′ to 3′ tall x 6′ wide

Fast growing, mounding shrub with dark green leaves. Medium blue flower clusters in late spring. Full sun in coastal gardens. Hardy to 15 F

California Native Plants13 Jan 2014 07:09 am

Achillea Moonshine

Achillea “Moonshine”
Golden Yarrow
Cultivated variety, including a California Native species
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low to Moderate
Size: Fern-like foliage to 36″

A rich yellow bloom Spring/Summer that fades as it ages. Remove spent flowers for a late summer rebloom.

California Native Plants03 Jan 2014 08:06 am

Ribes Dancing Tassels

Ribes “Dancing Tassels”
Chaparral Currant
California Native
Deciduous shrub

Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Occasional
Size: 6 ft.

Winter blooming hummingbird plant. Spectacular pendant rose flower clusters. Woody branches have peeling red bark as they age. Hardy to 25F.

California Native Plants&Photography03 Dec 2013 07:10 am

Lewisia cotyledon

Normally the California Native Lewisia cotyledons bloom in spring and summer, but we do always have a few that will bloom at other times of the year, like now.

In fact, we find that as these plants mature they can bloom up to 6 times per year! That’s a lot of blooms. You just have to dead-head them to prevent them from going to seed in case they were pollinated. If they go to seed then they are done blooming for the year.

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Bonus picture of an Owl after the break… (more…)

California Native Plants&Photography19 Nov 2013 07:00 am

calystegia candy cane

First we have a profile shot of the very attractive flower of the:

Calystegia macrostegia “Candy Cane” – California Morning Glory

California Native
Herbaceous Perennial Vine

Sun: Full Sun near coast, Afternoon Shade inland
Water: Moderate, deciduous in summer if dry
Size: Twining Vines

Long lasting colorful blooms for a good part of the year. Great for climbing on fences. Keep watered through the summer to keep green.

And then we have a head-on shot too.

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If you click the link above you can see another picture with both a head-on and a profile shot, togethewr in one amazing picture. Calystegia macrostegia California Morning Glory

California Native Plants10 Nov 2013 12:20 pm

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Fremontodendron “California Glory”
Flannel Bush
California hybrid
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Summer-drought
Size: 15ft. to 20ft. max.

Unbelievable spray of yellow flowers in Spring. Rounded shrub with dark green lobed leaves. Saucer-shaped buttercup yellow give an unbelievable showing in spring. Will espalier well. Hardy to 20F.

California Native Plants10 Oct 2013 08:10 am

Is it time to plant California Native grasses? It may be a couple weeks early, but if you are willing to water them in until the rains really do start up then sure! Go ahead! Planting in October is ideal.

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Deschampsia “Northern Lights
Native to US, Europe, Asia
Evergreen Grass

Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: Clumps to 12 inch tall

A dramatic variegated selection. So many colors. Thin slightly arching tapered blades in a tight clump.

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