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Baccharis 'Centennial'

(coyote bush, desert broom)

This tough evergreen is a hybrid between coyote bush, Baccharis pilularis and desert broom, Baccharis sarothroides and is extremely heat and drought tolerant. Growing 3 - 4  foot tall by 4 - 5 ft. wide with a mounding growth habit. An excellent choice for low maintenance areas, useful for erosion control on slopes and tough sites where it requires full sun and little water once established. Being a female selection, it produces small, inconspicuous creamy-white flowers followed by fluffy seeds. Good habitat plant offering cover for animals, nectar for pollinators and seeds for birds. Deer resistant.          
Baccharis magellanica  Christmas bush
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Baccharis magellanica

(Christmas bush)

Ground hugging evergreen shrub from Southern Chile. Bright-green, glossy foliage forms a low mat under a foot tall spreading to 4 ft. wide. Tiny cream-colored male flowers winter - spring attract pollinators. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional water once established. Well behaved ground cover, tolerant of wind and dry conditions. Hardy to around 17 degrees.  
Baccharis pilularis  coyote bush
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Baccharis pilularis

(coyote bush)

This is the upright form of coyote bush, growing 4 - 8 ft. tall and wide. Valued for its ability to flourish in a wide range of conditions. Also valued as an excellent habitat plant offering food and cover to a wide variety of wildlife. Flowers are not showy and the male and female flowers are borne on separate shrubs. This crop of plants are a mix of males and females and one can’t tell until they bloom. Plant in sunn or light shade. Not fussy about soils. Quite drought tolerant once established. Responds well to pruning or shearing, working well as a screen. Deer resistant.

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Baccharis pilularis 'Al's Blue'

(coyote bush)

This form of coyote bush was selected and introduced by the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. Cuttings were collected south of Point Arena in Mendocino County, where it grew very low and dense. In cultivation it has mounded up to 4 feet tall and wider, growing into a dense weed smothering ground cover. The shrub's small green leaves start out lime green acquiring a blue cast upon maturity, hence the name. Coyote bush is an easy to grow shrub, adaptable to a wide range of conditions and soil types. Best in sun to light shade, decent drainage with occasional summer water, especially inland. An excellent habitat plant offering food and cover for a wide range of wildlife, though deer do not eat it.
Baccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point' dwarf coyote bush
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Baccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point'

(dwarf coyote bush)

Adaptable and dependable low growing form of the native coyote bush. Forms a mound of bright green leaves with an undulating habit 2 - 3 ft. tall and 6-8 ft. wide. Able to tolerate many soil types and watering regimes this shrub is best in full sun to light shade. Extremely drought tolerant along the coast but best with moderate to occasional summer water inland. When watered and annually trimmed to keep low and free of debris it is recommended for fire resistance landscapes.  A good addition to the habitat garden, coyote bush offers excellent cover to a wide variety of wildlife.  ‘Pigeon Point’ is a male selection and does not make seed. Deer resistant.
Baccharis pilularis 'Twin Peaks' dwarf coyote bush
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Baccharis pilularis 'Twin Peaks'

(dwarf coyote bush)

One of the fastest, toughest, densest evergreen native large scale groundcovers. Discovered on Twin Peaks in San Francisco. Grows easily to 8 ft. wide and 2 - 3 ft. tall. Extremely drought tolerant along the coast but best with moderate to occasional summer water inland. Shear hard annually in spring to keep rejuvenated. Sun on coast, afternoon shade inland. This is a male selection so it won't produce seeds. Deer don’t seem to eat it.    
Baccharis pilularis - female  coyote bush
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Baccharis pilularis - female

(coyote bush)

Upright form of coyote brush, growing 4 - 8 ft. tall and wide. Valued for its ability to flourish in a wide range of conditions. Also valued as an excellent habitat plant offering food and cover to a wide variety of wildlife. Flowers are not showy and the male and female flowers are borne on separate shrubs. Theses plants are FEMALE and will produce seed (when male plants are present).  An abundance of pollinators and beneficial insects use Baccharis flowers and birds love their seeds.  Plant in sun to light shade. Not fussy about soils. Quite drought tolerant once established. Responds well to pruning or shearing and is useful as a screen. Deer resistant.    
Baccharis pilularis - male  coyote bush
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Baccharis pilularis - male

(coyote bush)

Upright form of coyote brush, growing 4 - 8 ft. tall and wide. Valued for its ability to flourish in a wide range of conditions. Also valued as an excellent habitat plant offering food and cover to a wide variety of wildlife. Flowers are not showy and the male and female flowers are borne on separate shrubs. These plants are MALE and produce ivory colored flowers with pollen and nectar.  An abundance of pollinators and beneficial insects use Baccharis flowers.  Plant in sun to light shade. Not fussy about soils. Quite drought tolerant once established. Responds well to pruning or shearing and is useful as a screen. Deer resistant.  
Begonia sutherlandii  hardy begonia
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Begonia sutherlandii

(hardy begonia)

We have had this charming Begonia in our collection for over 20 years. This tuburous begonia cascades and spills, happily blooming over much of the summer into fall with masses of soft orange blossoms. Forms an arching mound about 12 inches tall by 18 inches to 2 ft. wide. Dies back to it's roots in winter, returning for us dependably year after year. An excellent container subject for part shade with moisture. Native to Tanzania where it is a denizen of damp shady places. Hardy to around 10 degrees.  

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Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium

(Oregon grape)

This attractive, western native evergreen has a long history in cultivation for good reason. Erect stems rise 5 foot or more tall, spreading slowly by underground rhizomes to form dense clumps. Bronzy-red new growth gives way to dark-green, glossy leaves with spiny margins that are prickly to the touch. Cold winters can darken the foliage with purple-red tones. Late spring brings clusters of bright yellow, sweetly scented flowers.  Edible blue-black fruits follow and are pretty and tasty.  A useful and adaptable shrub in a hedge or a shrubby border. Takes full sun to part shade. Performs best with some afternoon shade in hot areas and moderate to infrequent water. A great habitat plant which provides cover, nectar rich flowers and fruits relished by all. Deer resistant.  

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Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium var. repens

(creeping Oregon grape)

This little cousin of the much larger Oregon grape only gets 1 - 3 ft. tall and spreads underground to create dense, evergreen drifts. The divided leaves have a matte finish with a grey-green color which turns purple-red with frost. Clusters of bright yellow flowers open in spring and are followed by deep blue "grapes" much loved by birds. The sweet-scented flowers are enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Provide full sun to shade and moderate to infrequent irrigation. Deer resistant.  
Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa  longleaf mahonia
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Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa

(longleaf mahonia)

A handsome species with especially long, leathery, evergreen leaves. Grows to around 2 ft. tall (sometimes more) and spreads by underground stems. Yellow flowers in spring are born in upright clusters, followed by blue berries. Great woodland groundcover for full or partial shade with occasional to regular summer water. Deer resistant. Fruits eaten by robins, finches and towhees. The flowers have nectar for hummingbirds and bees.
Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa var. mendocinoensis  Mendocino longleaf mahonia
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Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa var. mendocinoensis

(Mendocino longleaf mahonia)

The rare Mendocino longleaf mahonia comes from moist coniferous forests around Fort Bragg. Differs from the more diminutive longleaf mahonia in its unusual size: growing slowly to 5 ft tall or more and spreading to form narrow colonies. The pointed, leathery, deep green leaves, bronzy orange when young, provide a striking contrast to the bright yellow flower clusters produced in the spring. Attractive deep purple berries are a food source for birds. Needs shade and moderate moisture. Deer resistant.
Berberis (Mahonia) nevinii  Nevin's barberry
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Berberis (Mahonia) nevinii

(Nevin's barberry)

Nevin's barberry is a very rare southern California shrub with rigidly arching stems densely clothed in pointy silver gray leaflets. Heavy blooming with clear yellow flowers followed by heavy fruiting with bright red translucent fruit. 8 ft. by 8 ft. Does well in sunny well drained locations in the Bay Area. Great companion to matilija poppy and Salvia clevelandii. Very drought tolerant but best with occasional water. Deer resistant.
Berberis (Mahonia) pinnata 'Ken Hartman' shiny leaf mahonia
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Berberis (Mahonia) pinnata 'Ken Hartman'

(shiny leaf mahonia)

Similar to Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) but leaves are more crinkly and spiny. New growth often shows lots of red and orange. Grows upright to 6 ft. or more, particularly in ideal coastal sites. Handles drought better than the Oregon grape. Tolerates sun to shade. Best with a little shade in hot areas. Fruits eaten by robins, finches and towhees. The flowers have nectar for hummingbirds and bees. Deer resistant.
Bidens ferulifolia  gold carpet bur marigold
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Bidens ferulifolia

(gold carpet bur marigold)

Vigorous and long blooming carefree plant native to Southwest U.S. In frost free areas will bloom nearly year round. A great performer in colder regions too, where it can be treated as an annual or tender perennial. Provides a full summers worth of golden yellow daisies over finely dissected dark green foliage. Forms a compact mat under a foot tall by 18 inches wide. Plant in full sun with moderate summer water. Cut back occasionally to renew. May reseed. Excellent pollen and nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. Deer resistant.  
Blechnum spicant  deer fern
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Blechnum spicant

(deer fern)

A beautiful and charming fern native to moist coastal forests of northern California. Deep green glossy, narrow fronds are of two strikingly different forms. The outer skirt of fronds is evergreen. The central "fertile" fronds are stiffly erect and airy. It makes for a striking effect. Grows 18" to 2 ft. tall and wide. Best with partial shade to shade and regular moisture.

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Bouteloua gracilis

(blue grama grass)

Here’s a wonderful grass - an important species of the original North American shortgrass prairie. In California it occurs in desert regions. Fine textured light green-gray foliage topped with interesting flowers 8 - 24” tall. The flowers are attached to the stem at right angles and resemble tiny combs. The whole plant turns purple with frost then fades to blonde. Use in mass or as a specimen in rock garden or containers. Often suggested for a mowed or unmowed lawn where it tolerates extreme cold, heat, drought and foot traffic. Deer resistant.
Bouteloua  gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' blue grama grass
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Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

(blue grama grass)

An exceptionally robust selection of grama grass, with 2-1/2 to 3 ft. tall flowering stems above the narrow grey-green tufts of foliage, forming clumps up to 3 ft. wide. The curious flowers look like tiny brushes on tall stems, start out chartreuse aging to blonde. They are persistent and will hold on through winter providing many months of ornamental interest. Retains some green foliage in winter in mild areas, goes winter dormant in hot inland situations. Native to the North American shortgrass prairie, this is a rugged species enduring heat, drought, cold, a wide range of soil types and even foot traffic. An excellent water conserving grass for full sun. Deer resistant.
Boykinia  occidentalis  brook saxifrage
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Boykinia occidentalis

(brook saxifrage)

Clusters of dainty white flowers and glossy dark green leaves make the brook saxifrage a wonderful addition to the moist shade garden. Flowers open in the spring on arching stems up to a foot tall. May continue to bloom into autumn. The round, serrated leaves form low mounds up to 2 feet wide. Tolerates heavy soil and may seed around.  Will grow in part to heavy shade. Needs regular moisture.
Brodiaea elegans  harvest brodiaea
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Brodiaea elegans

(harvest brodiaea)

From grassy meadows and open woodlands comes this drought tolerant and colorful wildflower. Open clusters of dainty violet flowers sit atop stems reaching up from 4 to 16 inches in height. Plant in full sun to bright shade and provide decent drainage. As the name suggests, the harvest Brodiaea is the latest blooming of the Brodiaeas, sometimes not flowering until the end of summer after the grass-like leaves have gone dormant. It spreads rapidly but not invasively to form broad drifts. After blooming, this bulb will sleep until the return of winter rains. Do not irrigate. An excellent candidate for the rock garden where it's graceful form will contrast wonderfully with the rigid stone.

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Bupleurum fruticosum

(shrubby hare's ear)

Handsome evergreen shrub from Southern Europe with leathery blue- green foliage growing 4-6 ft. tall and wide. Long lasting, airy umbels of greenish-yellow flowers decorate the branch tips in late spring-early summer. An excellent addition to habitat gardens where the flowers are highly attractive to a number of predatory insects that feed on aphids and other garden pests. Useful shrub as a specimen, border plant, or screen where it grows in sun to light shade with moderate to low water needs. Amenable to pruning.Deer resistant.
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