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Aster (Symphyotrichum)  'Bill's Big Blue' aster
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Aster (Symphyotrichum) 'Bill's Big Blue'

(aster)

This vigorous aster is from the late Bay Area nurseryman Ed Carman. Sturdy, erect stems 4 ft. or more tall, clothed in narrow deep green leaves. Flowers profusely, late in the season with medium blue daisies. This beauty can really spread, forming broad clumps. Can be invasive. A wonderful late nectar source for bees and butterflies.
Aster (Symphyotrichum)  'Fanny's'
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Aster (Symphyotrichum) 'Fanny's'

One of our last to bloom, this Aster is smothered in one inch blue daisies in Autumn. Grows 3 -4 ft. tall and wide.  Easy and dependable, in full sun with regular to moderate summer water. Awesome pollinator plant attracting all sorts of bees and butterflies.    
Aster (Symphyotrichum)  'Little Carlow' aster
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Aster (Symphyotrichum) 'Little Carlow'

(aster)

Quickly becoming a favorite, this aster grows to about 4 ft. tall. Rich lavender-blue daisies cover this plant in late summer. Best with regular water in full sun. A butterfly favorite - highly attractive to all sorts of pollinators.

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Aster (Symphyotrichum) 'Raydon's Favorite'

(aromatic aster)

A fine late blooming Aster thought to be from eastern Tennessee, with compact aromatic foliage and dazzling bright blue-purple daisies. Forms a dense mound 18 – 24 inches tall and wide, with flowers nearly covering the foliage when in full bloom. Plant in full sun with regular to moderate summer water. Highly attractive to bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.    

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Aster (Symphyotrichum) chilensis

(California aster)

This native aster is found throughout much of Sonoma County, usually in moist soils. Here its form is far more slender or gracile than the burly Point St. George clone. It spreads as widely as the previously mentioned clone but with a lighter touch, integrating itself well with native grasses and bulbs. Its summer to fall blossoms are white to lavender blue and provide excellent nectar for butterflies and beneficial insects. 1-2 ft. tall and spreading. Sun to light shade. Moderate to little summer irrigation.

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Aster (Symphyotrichum) chilensis 'Olema White'

(white California aster)

The classic lavender/purple flowers of the California aster are replaced with clear white in this unusual selection which we found near the town of Olema in Marin County. In summer and into fall, a profusion of flowers bursts forth on this VIGOROUSLY spreading native perennial. An extremely adaptable groundcover reaching up to 2 ft. tall. Accepts regular to very little irrigation and full sun to light shade. This prolific bloomer is a bee magnet and also enjoyed by butterflies. Tolerant of clay and periodic flooding. Looks best when sheared to the ground after blooming.
Aster (Symphyotrichum) chilensis 'Point Saint George' California aster
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Aster (Symphyotrichum) chilensis 'Point Saint George'

(California aster)

A low growing vigorous native perennial, reaching up to 6 inches in height and spreading widely and aggressively. Covered with soft lavender daisies over a long period, summer through fall, often into winter. Careful thought should be given to its placement, this plant really spreads. Far too vigorous for many settings, perhaps best used in large containers or contained areas or in large, naturalistic plantings. For sunny areas with at least a little summer water. Will tolerate flooding and periodic inundation. An excellent nectar source for bees and butterflies and seeds for birds.
Aster (Symphyotrichum) chilensis 'Purple Haze' California aster
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Aster (Symphyotrichum) chilensis 'Purple Haze'

(California aster)

A Santa Barbara Botanic Garden selection of the coast aster which offers a deeper shade of lavender blossoms than normally seen. Blooms late summer through fall and often into winter with 1 inch medium-lavender daisies opening from dark purple buds. Grows 1 - 3 ft. high and SPREADS VIGOROUSLY by rhizomes. Use this to advantage to stabilize soils, as a ground cover or in a large scale meadow planting where it tolerates many soil types in full sun to light shade. Appreciates some summer water though it is drought tolerant. Keeping it dryish will slow its spread. An easy to grow bee and butterfly favorite.   
Aster (Symphyotrichum) divaricatus - Raiche form  wood aster
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Aster (Symphyotrichum) divaricatus - Raiche form

(wood aster)

Native to eastern North American woodlands, this useful perennial will light up a shady area with its profusion of one inch white daisies in late summer. This form, selected by Roger Raiche, has larger flowers than the standard A. divaricatus. They are held on lovely, dark, wiry stems that grow just under 2 ft. tall over spreading mats of foliage to 2 ft. wide.Plant in light shade with moderate to regular summer water. Will tolerate dryish conditions once established. Aster's are attractive to pollinators.
Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides 'Monte Cassino' white heath aster
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Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides 'Monte Cassino'

(white heath aster)

We got this vigorous aster from a cut flower grower - the sprays of small white daisies make excellent “cuts”. The plant grows 3 - 4 ft. tall and almost as wide, blooms toward the end of summer, profusely. Easy to grow - full sun, regular watering to look its best, but fairly thrifty in heavy soils. The asters are bee and butterfly favorites. 
Aster (Symphyotrichum) lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' aster
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Aster (Symphyotrichum) lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'

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Here’s a beautiful cultivar of a North American native. Forms colonies of purplish-black foliage 3 ft. or so tall and wide. Late summer and fall brings a profusion of tiny white daisies with pink centers. The nectar rich blossoms are highly attractive to pollinators of all sorts. Full sun and regular water, though fairly thrifty in heavy soils.
Aster (Symphyotrichum) lateriflorus 'Prince' aster
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Aster (Symphyotrichum) lateriflorus 'Prince'

(aster)

Beautiful purple-black foliage and sturdy upright stems 2 - 3 ft. tall. Small white daisies cover the plant in late summer. Similar to Aster ‘Lady in Black’ but it stays in small clumps rather than producing a colony. Sun and regular water.
Astragalus nuttalii var. nuttallii  ocean bluff milkvetch
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Astragalus nuttalii var. nuttallii

(ocean bluff milkvetch)

Plant description coming soon.
Athyrium filix-femina  lady fern
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Athyrium filix-femina

(lady fern)

Native to much of North America, lady fern grows in moist shady places. The newly emerging fiddleheads in the spring are particularly attractive. The graceful, delicate looking fronds grow 4 foot or more tall by 2 - 3 ft. wide. Lovely in a forest setting, as a background plant, or around a pond. Goes dormant in the winter. Plant in full to part shade with regular water.
Athyrium filix-femina 'Minutissimum' dwarf lady fern
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Athyrium filix-femina 'Minutissimum'

(dwarf lady fern)

A miniature form of the lovely lady fern, growing up to one foot tall and two feet wide. Forms compact mounds of finely divided light green fronds. Perfect for the small spaces, rock gardens or containers. A vigorous and hardy fern needing only shade and moisture to thrive. Dies back to the ground in the winter. The new unfurling fiddleheads adds charm in the spring. Deer resistant.  

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Atriplex lentiformis 'Naomi'

(quail bush)

Quail bush is a large evergreen shrub with attractive silver-gray foliage, native to salt flats, desert scrub and coastal areas of California, the Southwest US, and Northern Mexico. A tough shrub tolerant of poor, saline, or alkaline soils, often used in restoration or large plantings that can accommodate its size and spread. Excellent in dry gardens, hedgerow plantings and for erosion control where it grows quickly and is extremely drought tolerant once established. Growing 5 - 7 foot tall and wide, it can be clipped to keep dense and in bounds. 'Naomi' is a female selection of this dioecious shrub, selected for its allergy resistance due to the lack of pollen. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate to little or no summer water once established. 
Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri  quail bush
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Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri

(quail bush)

This subspecies is the coastal form of quail bush, a tough and useful shrub with beautiful silvery gray foliage. Growing 4 ft. or more tall and spreading widely, quail bush is valued for its ability to deal with difficult sites where it tolerates wind, salt spray, saline and alkaline soils. A terrific habitat plant providing food and cover for a wide array of birds and mammals. Excellent for erosion control and is fire resistant. Benefits from annual shearing and occasional aggressive pruning to rejuvenate. Plant in full sun with occasional to little summer water.

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