Our Plants

A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Z
Festuca  'Siskiyou Blue' blue fescue
More information »

Festuca 'Siskiyou Blue'

(blue fescue)

A handsome selection from the Berkeley Botanic Garden. Features dense bunches of lovely chalky blue leaf blades 10 - 12 inches tall with grass flowers rising up to 12 inches above the foliage. Sun or light shade in cooler climates. Protect from the hot afternoon sun in warmer areas. Good with moderate to occasional irrigation. Once thought to be native but now recognized as a hybrid of unknown origin. Deer resistant.
Festuca californica  California fescue
More information »

Festuca californica

(California fescue)

California fescue is a beautiful native bunchgrass often seen cascading down oak studded slopes. Blue-green leaf blades 1 1/2 ft. tall with graceful, airy flower stalks rising another 2 ft. above the foliage. A natural for under native oaks where they receive light shade and little summer water. Accepts full sun near the coast. They are drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.
Festuca californica 'Phil's Silver' California fescue
More information »

Festuca californica 'Phil's Silver'

(California fescue)

A bunch grass selected from seedlings grown from seed collected almost within sight of the ocean (Shell Beach area, Sonoma Coast). Gray-green in spring, it turns more silver-gray as the dry season progresses. Relatively dense (2 ft. X 2 ft.) foliage with unusually stout and heavy grass-flowers, this robust clone holds up well throughout the season. Its cultivar name is a pun for baby boomers that watched the 50’s show The Phil Silver’s Show, starring Phil Silvers. It prefers good drainage and bright shade inland with little to occasional summer water. Deer resistant.

More information »

Festuca californica 'Scott Mountain'

(California fescue)

A Native Sons Nursery selection from Siskiyou County.  A good choice for gardens with limited space where the typical California fescue may prove too large. Smaller, stiff. blue-green blades to 1 foot tall with airy flower stems rising to 3 ft. tall. Will accept full sun along the coast but best with light shade. Wonderful understory grass among trees and shrubs or other partly shaded areas. Can stand alone or use in drifts for a wonderful textural effect. Drought tolerant but appreciates a little supplemental summer water. Deer resistant.

More information »

Festuca californica 'Willit's Giant'

(giant California fescue)

Living up to it's name, this selection is extremely robust, growing twice the size of typical California fescue.  Wide gray blades grow in mounds about 3 ft. tall and wide. The grass flowers rise 5-6 feet tall with loose inflorescences dangling from the arching stems. Useful as a specimen or in drifts, this grass serves as a sturdy ground cover in deciduous oak woodlands or other lightly shaded areas. Drought tolerant once established but thrives with occasional summer water. We selected this cultivar from a seed crop collected near Willits, Mendocino County. Deer resistant.  
Festuca idahoensis 'Muse Meadow' Idaho fescue
More information »

Festuca idahoensis 'Muse Meadow'

(Idaho fescue)

Idaho fescue is a widely distributed native bunch grass growing in seasonally dry habitats below 5,000 ft. The cultivar ‘Muse Meadow’ was selected in the Marble Mountains by Nevin Smith of Suncrest Nursery. Forms hummocks of fine-textured blue blades around 6 inches tall, making it one of the smallest native Idaho fescue cultivars. The flower stems are 12 - 18 inches tall and become straw colored with age. Best in well drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Protect from the hot afternoon sun in hot areas. Provide moderate to occasional irrigation. Deer tolerant.
Festuca idahoensis 'Stony Creek' Idaho fescue
More information »

Festuca idahoensis 'Stony Creek'

(Idaho fescue)

From Del Norte County comes this blue-gray native. Tolerant of full sun even inland, getting chalkier with summer scorching, but would prefer some afternoon shade. It grows to about 12 inches by 18 inches, with inflorescences rising to 2 ft in height. Enjoys moderate to occasional water. Good drainage, as its name implies. Deer resistant.
Festuca idahoensis 'Tomales Bay' Idaho fescue
More information »

Festuca idahoensis 'Tomales Bay'

(Idaho fescue)

This attractive blue-green selection of our native bunchgrass was discovered in the Nicasio area of Marin County. The soft foliage reaches a height of up to a foot and a width of about 1 1/2 ft.. The inflorescences are smaller than is typical for this species and can grow up to 18 inches tall. Best with full sun near the coast and light afternoon shade inland. Prefers moderate to occasional water. Deer resistant.

More information »

Festuca idahoensis 'Warren Peak'

(Idaho fescue)

A Nevin Smith selection of Idaho fescue from the Warner Mts. in northeastern California. Forms dense 8 inch hummocks of very narrow bright green blades that become grey-blue with age. Perhaps the bluest of the native Idaho fescues. The 1 - 2 ft. tall flowering stems are silvery in color. Best in well draining soils in full sun to part shade (especially in hot regions) with moderate to occasional water. Deer resistant.
Festuca idahoensis - local form  Idaho fescue
More information »

Festuca idahoensis - local form

(Idaho fescue)

A modest sized native bunchgrass with beautiful green to blue-green, fine-textured foliage. The blades grow eight inches to 1 ft. tall with flower stems 18 inches to 2 ft. tall. Grow in full sun to light shade. Appreciates some protection from hot afternoon sun, especially inland. Drought tolerant, though a little water in hot regions is helpful. Deer resistant.

More information »

Festuca occidentalis

(western fescue)

  Western fescue has a wide distribution in western north America, largely found in low to mid elevations of Central California north to British Columbia. Native to conifer, oak and mixed evergreen woodlands where it grows in light shade. Forms dense tufts of fine evergreen foliage 6-12 inches tall. Delicate flower panicles on stems rise 2 ft. or so above the blades in early spring or summer. A nice accent in lightly shaded areas with decent drainage and some summer moisture. Deer resistant.  

More information »

Festuca rubra 'Jana's Blue'

(creeping red fescue)

An ideal choice for the edge of a meadow or a small garden, this spreading grass was selected from Point Arena along the Mendocino coast for its small size and intense blue-gray color. The foliage reaches a height of about 6 inches with flower stalks rising a few inches above that. Looks best when cut close to the ground in early winter. Plant in full sun near the coast, but protect from hot afternoon sun in warmer areas. Provide moderate to occasional water in inland locations. Selected by Jana Mariposa Muhar, a long time native plant enthusiast, landscape gardener and nursery operator. Deer resistant.
Festuca rubra 'Patrick's Point' creeping red fescue
More information »

Festuca rubra 'Patrick's Point'

(creeping red fescue)

Discovered on a rock at Patrick's Point on our north coast, this perennial grass slowly spreads by creeping rhizomes to form tufted drifts of silvery blue. Effective as a component of a meadow or as a small scale groundcover. Typically at its best in situations where it is either unmown or infrequently mown. The 6 - 12 inch tall, vivid blue-gray blades have a soft flowing appearance which combines strikingly with dark foliaged plants such as Iris and beach strawberries. The grass flowers rise 6 to 12 inches above the foliage in loose panicles. Plant in full sun to light shade. Protect form the hot afternoon sun in inland areas. Enjoys occasional to moderate irrigation away from the coast. Deer resistant.
Festuca rubra - Molate strain  creeping red fescue
More information »

Festuca rubra - Molate strain

(creeping red fescue)

Discovered on Point Molate near Richmond, this selection spreads to form soft, flowing drifts of gray-green foliage 12 to 18 inches tall with graceful, open flowers rising to 3 feet.  One of the biggest forms of our native red fescue, it’s eye-catching when planted in large masses or when combined with mounding shrubs or some of the more robust native bulbs.  Very choice for a meadow or parking strip.  Prefers some afternoon shade in the hotter climates and occasional water away from the coast.  More drought tolerant than many other red fescues.  Deer resistant.
Fragaria alpina  fraise de bois
More information »

Fragaria alpina

(fraise de bois)

Also called fraise de bois, these are excellent garden plants. They produce NO runners but bear numerous small, slender berries spring to fall. Fruit is fragrant and tasty. Likes part shade, regular water. Good in containers too. If fruits are left on the plant to dry and fall off, you may get additional seedlings in your garden.
Fragaria chiloensis 'Green Pastures' beach strawberry
More information »

Fragaria chiloensis 'Green Pastures'

(beach strawberry)

Beach strawberry is native to Pacific coast beaches and bluffs of North and South America. A popular and adaptable groundcover growing well in a wide range of climates and conditions. This selection forms lush carpets of shiny dark green foliage. The five-petaled white flowers are particularly large, showy and profuse in the spring. A great colonizer and stabilizer, this vigorous perennial spreads by runners to form dense carpets. Plant in sun to light shade with moderate to occasional summer water. Drought tolerant along the coast. This ia a male selection and will not fruit. Deer resistant.
Fragaria vesca  woodland strawberry
More information »

Fragaria vesca

(woodland strawberry)

This native woodland strawberry is a great colonizer and can cover a lot of ground in a hurry. Pretty little white flowers are followed by small, tasty, red berries. Tolerates drought but best with a little summer water. Well suited for under oaks and conifers. Said to be deer resistant.
Fraxinus dipetala  flowering ash
More information »

Fraxinus dipetala

(flowering ash)

This is our only native ash with showy flowers. A large shrub or multi-trunked tree native to slopes, canyons and stream banks in hot interior regions of the state. Grows 7 to 25 ft. tall with pinnately compound leaves. The creamy white flowers are produced on dangling racemes in mid to late spring, followed by pendulous clusters of samara fruits. Like the California buckeye, it loses its leaves early to evade the long dry summer. Grows in sun to partial shade. Drought tolerant once established.
Fraxinus latifolia  Oregon ash
More information »

Fraxinus latifolia

(Oregon ash)

Fast growing hardwood tree, native to stream and river banks or other wetland habitats from San Diego to British Columbia. Growing 30 - 70 ft. tall, this deciduous tree has medium green compound leaves. Male and female flowers occur on separate trees and are not particularly showy. They bloom just as the spring foliage is leafing out. Fruits occur on the female trees and are paddle-shaped, single samara-style fruits in drooping clusters. Birds and mammals eat it's seed, but probably used more as a nesting site for birds. Plant in sun to light shade with regular to moderate water.
Fremontodendron  'California Glory' flannel bush
More information »

Fremontodendron 'California Glory'

(flannel bush)

Beautiful, evergreen hybrid flannel bush to 20 ft. tall. Rich yellow, cup-shaped flowers cover the shrub May - June. Plant in full sun with plenty of room and no summer water once established. Fast growing and drought tolerant. The large flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators. An excellent nectar plant for orioles. Needs decent drainage.
Fremontodendron  'Ken Taylor' flannel bush
More information »

Fremontodendron 'Ken Taylor'

(flannel bush)

Showy native shrub for sunny, dry areas. This form of flannel bush only grows 4 - 6 ft. tall and 10 ft. (or more) wide but can be pruned to be kept narrower. Beautiful cup-shaped golden yellow flowers with orange backs bloom in late spring and into summer. Highly attractive to bees and other pollinators. An excellent nectar plant for orioles. Once established, this selection of flannel bush is completely drought tolerant and will accept infrequent summer water only where drainage is excellent.
Fremontodendron  'Pacific Sunset' flannel bush
More information »

Fremontodendron 'Pacific Sunset'

(flannel bush)

This showy hybrid flannel bush grows in a broad “V” shape to 20 ft. tall. Covered with large orange-yellow cup-shaped flowers for a long period in spring. The large flowers attract bees and other pollinators. An excellent nectar plant for orioles. Requires full sun and plenty of room. Best if not watered once established. Needs decent drainage

More information »

Fremontodendron 'San Gabriel'

(flannel bush)

Large, showy, hybrid flannel bush quickly growing to 20 ft. tall. Covered with buttercup yellow blossoms in the spring. Because of the nature of their branching, ‘San Gabriel’ and ‘Pacific Sunset’ both espalier well. An excellent nectar plant for orioles. Requires full sun. No summer water once established. Needs decent drainage.

More information »

Fuchsia procumbens 'Mary Miller'

(variegated trailing fuchsia)

An interesting UN-fuchsia like perennial from New Zealand. Neat, small, rounded leaves with creamy-white variegation cover this low trailing plant. Perfect for spilling over a wall, as a small scale ground cover, container subject or hanging basket. Summer brings small green and yellow upward facing flowers with bright-blue pollen tipped anthers that are curious and charming on close inspection. Reddish-pink fruits follow adding to the charm. Needs protection from the hot sun and regular water. Winter deciduous.
A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Z