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Lupinus arboreus - blue flowered form  blue bush lupine
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Lupinus arboreus - blue flowered form

(blue bush lupine)

Native to coastal areas from Sonoma Co. down to Southern California, the blue bush lupine is distinctive for its grand size (reaching up to 6 ft. tall) and racemes of scented, blue and white flowers. The showy blooms which appear in spring and continue into summer are an excellent nectar source for native bees and hummingbirds. Various butterflies use this species as a larval host plant. The seeds are enjoyed by birds. Grow in full sun with good drainage and occasional to no irrigation once established. Not suitable for areas which get very cold in the winter. Not suitable for Mendocino Co. northwards where it can invade natural areas. Deer resistant.
Lupinus arboreus - yellow flowered form  yellow bush lupine
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Lupinus arboreus - yellow flowered form

(yellow bush lupine)

Native to coastal plant communities from Sonoma County south to Ventura County. Showy, fragrant, clear-yellow flowers in long, dense spikes in mid spring and into summer. A fast-growing, floriferous shrub, 3-6 ft. tall and wide. Excellent choice for coastal areas in full sun with good drainage. Not suggested for gardens in coastal Mendocino County due to its ability to quickly naturalize and take over fragile plant communities. Drought and wind tolerant. Lupines have great habitat value, offering nectar for pollinators and nourishing seeds for birds. Great for hummingbirds and a larval food source for various butterflies. Deer resistant.  
Lupinus latifolius var. parishii  canyon lupine
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Lupinus latifolius var. parishii

(canyon lupine)

A moisture loving lupine that grows along streambanks and throughout woodlands in central and southern California. A lush perennial, growing 3-4 feet tall and wide, with foot long flower spikes of scented, pink to lavender flowers in late spring-early summer. The large, dark green leaves create a bold texture beneath the slender flower stalks. Plant in lightly shaded conditions with some summer water. Dies back to the ground in winter. Attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.  

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Lupinus polyphyllus

(bog lupine)

The bog lupine is known for its tall flower spikes of blue to purple or sometimes pink, reaching up to 5 feet tall from a bed of large, dark green leaves about 18 inches in height. This species is the dominant parent used in many popular hybrid lupines. Native to moist places from the San Francisco Bay area northward along the coast and in mountainous places in the interior. Prefers full sun along the coast and dappled shade inland. This lupine tends to go winter dormant. Snails and slugs find lupines especially tasty when young. Needs regular water. One can create a wonderful meadow by planting the bog lupine with other moisture loving species such as lady ferns, umbrella plant and seep monkeyflower. Deer resistant.
Lupinus sericatus  Cobb Mountain lupine
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Lupinus sericatus

(Cobb Mountain lupine)

A rare species from Sonoma, Lake and Napa Counties, this lupine forms a low, wide mound of gorgeous, broad, silver leaves with thick, 12 inch spikes of mauve-pink to violet flowers in spring. Requires full sun to very light shade and good drainage. Do not water much once established. Lupine flowers attract a wide array of insects, especially bees. Deer resistant.
Luzula parviflora  small-flowered woodrush
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Luzula parviflora

(small-flowered woodrush)

This tidy native woodrush forms grass-like clumps 8 - 10 inches tall and a little wider with broad, bright green leaf blades. The small yellowish flowers occur on the tips of arching flowering stems in late spring. Occurs over a wide range of the Western U.S. and up into Canada, across and down into the northeastern states. Perfect for the woodland garden with moderate moisture. Will seed around if the conditions are right, but we have not found it to be weedy. Deer resistant.
Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea' golden great woodrush
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Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea'

(golden great woodrush)

This is a golden form of the great woodrush which is native to Europe and Asia. The glowing golden foliage brings light to the woodland garden where it will thrive in light shade with some moisture. Grows 8 - 12 inches tall and spreads by rhizomes to form a sturdy weed-smothering groundcover that competes well with tree roots. A handsome companion to ferns and shrubs in partially shaded settings. Thrives with regular water but will tolerate some drought or dryish conditions once established. Deer resistant.
Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius  Santa Cruz Island ironwood
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Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius

(Santa Cruz Island ironwood)

A rare and beautiful evergreen tree from Santa Cruz Island off of the Southern California coast. Fernlike, pinnately divided, shiny, dark-green leaves adorn this fast growing tree which can reach 20 to 50 ft. tall and 15 to 20 ft. wide. Late spring brings large flat-topped clusters of creamy-white flowers on this unusual rose family member. Peeling, reddish-brown bark adds to the interest of this single or multi-trunked tree, which can be used in small groves or as a striking specimen. Plant in full sun to partial shade with moderate to infrequent water. Cold hardy to about 15 degrees. Pollinating insects and birds are attracted to the flowers.   


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