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Blue Eyed Grass

(Sisyrinchium bellum)

Strong clumping perennial grows  6" to 12" tall & spreads to 1' to 2' wide with grass-like leaf blades. Branched flower stalks rise from base of foliage and produce blue blooms January to June. Tolerant of any soil and water. Reseeds easily. Adapts to most any environment. If not irrigated, will go summer-dormant. Nice planted with bunchgrasses and CA Poppies. Native to much of California below 6,000' elevation.

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California Buckwheat

(Eriogonum fasciculatum)

Shrubby evergreen perennial grows to 1' - 3' tall and 4' wide. Wiry flower stalks are branched near the top and bear several clusters at the ends of the branches. Cream colored flower clusters are usually so numerous they cover the plant from spring through summer and into fall. Due to its long flowering period, CA buckwheat is an excellent insectory plant that provides nectar sources for beneficial insects. Sun to some shade. Drought tolerant. Found on dry slopes in coastal scrub, chaparral, desert woodland & desert scrub below 2700'.

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Deer Weed

(Acmispon glaber

syn. Lotus scoparius)

Described as a 'pioneer species', this is a very useful perennial for restoration of new gardens where soils lack nutrients. Deerweed adds nitrogen w/ the help of symbiotic bacteria to soils. As your garden matures, deerweed gradually disappears (its' job is done).

Plants grow to 3' tall & wide. Small yellow flowers are produced spring through summer. A popular plant for wildlife, providing food for hummingbirds, bees, butterfly larvae and (yes) deer. Very drought tolerant. Needs full sun. Doesn't care about soil type.

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Great Valley Gumplant

(Grindelia camporum)

Extremely tough evergreen perennial grows to 2' to 3' tall & wide, larger with water. 'White Gum' cover immature flower buds opening to bright yellow daisy-like blooms from spring into summer. Combines well with native grasses. Drought tolerant once established. Attracts butterflies and bees. Native to the coastal ranges inland to San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys and up to 4,000' elevation. 

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Narrowleaf Milkweed

(Asclepias fascicularis)

The most favored larval monarch host in California. Many branching stems to 3' tall & wide with long narrow leaves. Plentiful fragrant creamy-pink flower clusters at the ends of branches from June to Sept. Tolerant of drought and any soil type. This plant can spread aggressively so may not be the best choice for a small garden. 

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Showy Milkweed

(Asclepias speciosa)

Perennial performs well in most gardens. Long lived, grows to 2’-4’ tall in flower. Plant spreads by underground runners. Combines well with native grasses. This particular variety of Milkweed appreciates a bit more water.  Inflated pods mature late fall. Plants go completely dormant in winter and do not break dormancy until late spring. An important contribution to habitat gardens.

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Yarrow

 (Achillea millefolium)

 A perennial with significant garden merit. Soft, aromatic foliage hugs the ground and spreads by rhizomes, forming small dense colonies. In late spring and summer, stiff flowering stems rise 6" to 2' tall and bear small white to pale pink flowers in tight flattened heads. A fantastic plant for supporting habitat; foliage provides winter forage for birds and in spring, flowers attract butterflies and bees. Plants need sun and little water once established. Divide when clumps seem crowded.


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