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Epilobium septentrionale 'Select Mattole' California fuchsia
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Epilobium septentrionale 'Select Mattole'

(California fuchsia)

This California fuchsia forms tidy, low, 6 inch high mats of beautiful silver foliage with a matte finish. Late summer through fall brings orangey-red tubular flowers which attract hummingbirds. A somewhat redder flowering selection. Spreading by underground rhizomes, this Epilobium increases a little less vigorously than the others. Full sun to light shade. More shade tolerant than most California fuschias. Needs more water than most Epilobiums. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year.

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Epilobium septentrionale 'Wayne's Silver'

(California fuchsia)

The silver leaves and bright red trumpet-shaped flowers make this California fuchsia a knockout in the native garden.  Only getting about 10 inches tall and slowly spreading to form drifts, this is a great ground cover for full sun to light shade. A little shade in hot interior areas may be required. This selection spreads less aggressive than most other California fuchsia. Provide moderate to occasional irrigation once established. Looks best if sheared to the the ground every winter for healthy, vigorous growth the next spring. VERY similar to 'Select Mattole'. A favorite of hummingbirds and bees.
Epipactus gigantea  stream orchid
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Epipactus gigantea

(stream orchid)

Here’s a native orchid that’s easy in cultivation. In time it will form a colony producing many flower stems. Each stem holds several interesting orchid blossoms of subtle orange, coral and green tones 12 - 18 inches tall. Dies back to the ground in winter. Best with decent drainage and regular to moderate moisture (NOT soggy soils) and dappled shade part of the day. Wonderful addition to the woodland garden, around pond or near streams. Good in containers too.
Epipactus gigantea 'Serpentine Night' stream orchid
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Epipactus gigantea 'Serpentine Night'

(stream orchid)

The stream orchid is found in perennial streams, seepages, or other permanently moist places in California. Spreads by runners and will form a colony producing many flower stems. Each stem holds several orchid blosssoms of subtle orange tones 12 - 18 inches tall. The cultivar ‘Serpentine Night’ has wonderful dark purple foliage, emerging in the spring almost black. As the season progresses the color changes to dark bronze then bronzy green. Goes dormant in winter. Best with good light but may need afternoon shade in hot areas. Easy to grow with regular to moderate water. Excellent in containers.
Equisetum hyemale v. robustum  horsetail
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Equisetum hyemale v. robustum

(horsetail)

Horsetail’s wonderful, erect form can be very useful in the landscape BUT BEWARE of its invasive nature. Best confined to containers where its slender, hollow, segmented stems can rise 4 ft. tall or more. Provide sun to medium shade and regular water. Deer resistant.
Ericameria arborescens  goldenfleece
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Ericameria arborescens

(goldenfleece)

Native to chaparral regions throughout California, this tall, billowy shrub stands out with its soft and narrow, bright green leaves and, in the summer and early fall, clusters of small yellow flowers. Goldenfleece reaches 6 ft. or more tall with a width of around 4 ft. A wonderful accent plant for the dry garden, especially when combined with dark-foliaged plants such as ceanothus, toyon and manzanitas. Prefers full sun and excellent drainage. Very drought tolerant once established. Excellent for bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.
Ericameria ericoides  mock heather
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Ericameria ericoides

(mock heather)

Native to sand dunes from Long Beach north to Bodega Bay, this low shrub resembles a heather, covered with clusters of small yellow daisies in late summer and fall. Reaching a height of up to 3 feet and spreading to 4 feet, making it an ideal shrub for the smaller garden. Needs occasional water in interior locations and full sun to light shade. Requires well-draining soil. Plant with Ceanothus, low manzanitas and pacific reed grass for a taste of the coast in your own garden.Excellent late season nectar source for bees and butterflies. A light winter pruning will help keep it dense and compact. Said to be deer resistant.
Ericameria nauseosa v. speciosa  showy rabbitbrush
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Ericameria nauseosa v. speciosa

(showy rabbitbrush)

This classic plant of the high desert grows in dry, hot, rocky areas throughout much of interior California and throughout the West. In summer and autumn, clusters of golden, star-like flowers cover the tips of the white branches on this low, rounded shrub which reaches up to 3 ft. tall and wide. Fine, white hairs cover the narrow leaves, giving the plant a ghostly grey-white appearance. Needs a sunny location with excellent drainage and little to no irrigation once established. Bees and butterflies love the flowers. A larval host for the northern checkerspot butterfly.
Erigeron  'Olga'
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Erigeron 'Olga'

A fine seaside daisy hybrid introduced by Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery in Oregon. Forms a tidy, dense mat of dark green foliage. Lavender daisies rise 12 inches above the compact foliage late spring into summer. Plant in full sun along the coast, part shade inland with moderate to occasional summer water. This compact grower is perfect for small spaces, troughs or containers. Bee and butterfly favorite.
Erigeron  'W.R.' seaside daisy
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Erigeron 'W.R.'

(seaside daisy)

The "W. R." stands for the late Wayne Roderick, whom we can thank for many fine plant introductions. This hybrid involves the seaside daisy, Erigeron glaucus and some other native species more tolerant of heat. The lavender daisies sit on slender stalks about 10 inches above low rosettes of narrow leaves. The flowers bloom over a long period in summer and are very attractive to pollinators of all sorts. Provide full sun in cooler areas but will enjoy part shade in hot inland sites. Moderate to occasional irrigation. Their seeds are favored by juncos and finches. Wayne discovered this surpisingly heat tolerant selection on the Del Norte coast. This selection should not be confused with 'Wayne Roderick', which is an entirely diferent selection of Erigeron.

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Erigeron glacialis

(subalpine fleabane)

From mountain meadows throughout much of California and the West comes this endearing little daisy. Features clusters of refined, lavender-pink daisies with yellow centers held on stalks up to 10 inches tall above low, mat-forming leaves. Plant in full sun except in hot, inland areas where some afternoon shade would be appreciated. Needs moderate irrigation. This summer bloomer provides excellent habitat for bees and butterflies. A superlative candidate for a rock garden or narrow planting bed. Works well in containers.
Erigeron glaucus  seaside daisy
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Erigeron glaucus

(seaside daisy)

Low growing native perennial to 1 ft. tall with lovely, lavender, daisy-like flowers blooming over a long part of the year. Native to coastal dunes and bluffs, but does well inland with some afternoon shade and a little extra summer water. A natural along the coast where it thrives with little to no summer water and tolerates wind and salt spray. Good nectar source for butterflies and many different pollinators. Their seeds are favored by juncos and finches.
Erigeron glaucus 'Bountiful' seaside daisy
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Erigeron glaucus 'Bountiful'

(seaside daisy)

Forms a lush mound of foliage 10 inches - 1 ft. tall by 2 ft. wide. Exceptionally floriferous and long blooming, 'Bountiful' offers masses of lavender daisies with yellow centers held above loose rosettes of green foliage. It slowly spreads to form drifts which combine wonderfully with Iris and low grasses.  A natural along the coast where it grows in full sun and is drought tolerant. Appreciates some afternoon shade and summer water inland. A reliable and easy to grow perennial. Butterfly and bee favorite. Their seeds are favored by juncos and finches.
Erigeron glaucus 'Cal Flora' seaside daisy
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Erigeron glaucus 'Cal Flora'

(seaside daisy)

This seedling appeared at the base of a decorative pot planted with Erigeron glaucus ‘Cape Sebastian’. The seedling's foliage and form appears to be intermediate between Erigeron glaucus 'Cape Sebastian’ and Erigeron glaucus 'Bountiful'. It has a nice dense habit, though a bit taller than ‘Cape Sebastian', with larger and darker flowers held just above the foliage at about 10 inches in height. A natural along the coast where it thrives with little to no summer water once established and tolerates wind and salt spray. In hotter inland conditions give some afternoon shade and additional summer water. Good pollen and nectar source for bees and butterflies. Their seeds are favored by juncos and finches.
Erigeron glaucus 'Cape Sebastian' seaside daisy
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Erigeron glaucus 'Cape Sebastian'

(seaside daisy)

This selection of the West Coast native seaside daisy is from Oregon, just north of the California border. A compact and dense mound up to 6 inches high, topped with lavender daisies over a long period. Full sun near coast, light shade in hot regions. Best with moderate to occasional summer water in hotter climates. A favorite of pollinators. Their seeds are favored by juncos and finches. 
Erigeron glaucus 'Ron's Pink' seaside daisy
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Erigeron glaucus 'Ron's Pink'

(seaside daisy)

Description coming soon!
Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick' seaside daisy
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Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick'

(seaside daisy)

This selection offers the darkest flowers of any of the seaside daisies. Deep purple petals surround golden discs on flowers 1 ½ inches wide. The prolific blooms begin in spring and can continue into autumn if the spent flowers are removed. Bright green leaves create a slowly spreading mound up to a foot high with the flowers perched just above. Plant in full sun near the coast but protect from the hot afternoon sun in inland locales. Enjoys moderate to occasional irrigation. The seaside daisies make a great addition to the meadow garden, combining beautifully with iris, blue fescues and spreading gumplant.
Erigeron glaucus 'White Lights' white seaside daisy
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Erigeron glaucus 'White Lights'

(white seaside daisy)

This unusual white flowering form of seaside daisy was discovered along a coastal bluff in Sonoma County by Roger Raiche. It has been a long bloomer, starting in spring and continuing into autumn. Reaches a height of up to 1 ft. and spreads to form a small clump. Prefers sun, decent drainage, and is drought tolerant once established. A little shade and moderate to occasional water is best in hot inland sites. A member of the sunflower family, seaside daisies are excellent sources of both nectar and pollen for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Their seeds are favored by juncos and finches.
Eriodictyon californicum  yerba santa
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Eriodictyon californicum

(yerba santa)

Plant description coming soon.
Eriogonum  arborescens  Santa Cruz Island buckwheat
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Eriogonum arborescens

(Santa Cruz Island buckwheat)

A large, shrubby buckwheat with narrow, pale green foliage and sturdy, flat-topped inflorescences of creamy white to pink flowers. The flowers age over time, eventually turning reddish brown, remaining ornamental for a long period. Grows 3 to 4  ft. tall and slightly wider. Normal to very lean well-drained soils. Especially drought tolerant along the coast, may need infrequent summer water inland and possibly a little afternoon shade. Buckwheats are excellent additions to habitat gardens, providing pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies and seeds for many creatures. Deer resistant.
Eriogonum crocatum  saffron buckwheat
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Eriogonum crocatum

(saffron buckwheat)

A rare buckwheat grown for its beautiful gray, felty foliage and bright, clear yellow flowers. The yellow flowers open from brown buds and then age to a dark rusty brown. Grows 1 - 2 ft. tall and wide, this perennial requires full sun and good drainage. Little to no summer water once established. This Ventura County, California native is hardy to about 15°F. Good nectar source for bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.
Eriogonum fasciculatum  California buckwheat
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Eriogonum fasciculatum

(California buckwheat)

This adaptable buckwheat is a native of central and southern California. It is a pioneer plant capable of surviving and colonizing some of the hottest driest sites. These attributes are very useful in a garden setting but it should not be planted in or adjacent to wildlands where it may escape and displace local natives. Small native shrub, forming a broad mound 2 - 3 ft. high and about 3 ft. wide. Flower clusters are creamy white to pink, turning an attractive rust color with age. Good erosion control plant - best in a well drained, sunny site. Flowers attractive to bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.
Eriogonum fasciculatum 'Warriner Lytle' California buckwheat
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Eriogonum fasciculatum 'Warriner Lytle'

(California buckwheat)

An interesting form of California buckwheat introduced by the Theodore Payne Foundation. Grows quickly into a low and spreading evergreen groundcover clothed with small, needle-like leaves, 18 inches tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. From late spring to early fall, tight clusters of creamy-whitish pink flowers appear which are very attractive to bees and butterflies. As the flowers go to seed they gradually turn dark russet and are attractive to seed eating birds and mammals. Excellent for dry slopes where it will grow in full sun to light shade with good drainage. Quite drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.  
Eriogonum giganteum  St. Catherine's Lace
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Eriogonum giganteum

(St. Catherine's Lace)

Native to the Channel Islands of Southern California, this buckwheat can grow to be a very large, mounding shrub with gray felted leaves 3 - 4 ft. tall or more. The flower stalks have large, flat sprays of cream-colored to pale pink flowers in summer and are prized by arrangers of dried bouquets. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and birds enjoy the seeds. Best in sunny well-drained sites. Drought tolerant but in hot inland situations they look best with occasional deep waterings in summer.
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens  red buckwheat
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Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

(red buckwheat)

Small, choice, native perennial for a sunny spot. A low mound of grey-green foliage with flower stems up to a foot tall with flat heads of intense rosy-pink. Buckwheats have substantial wildlife value, providing pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies, larval food for butterflies, seeds for birds and cover for many creatures.  Drought tolerant once established. An excellent rock garden plant.

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