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Madia elegans  elegant tarweed
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Madia elegans

(elegant tarweed)

Native ANNUAL growing 3-4 ft. tall with multi branching aromatic stems. Cheerful bright yellow daisies top the stems in the summer and can be solid yellow or may have a maroon spot at the base of each petal. Tarweeds are an important late nectar source for butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. The seeds are relished by small mammals and birds, especially finches. Native to grasslands and open forests, well adapted to clay soils and full sun, perfectly adapted to our long dry summers.
Madia (Anisocarpus) madioides  woodland madia
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Madia (Anisocarpus) madioides

(woodland madia)

A quiet perennial, native to woods and coniferous forests of California from sea level to 4000 ft. Dark green narrow leaves are covered with soft hairs and forms a sturdy low perennial clump. The bright yellow daisies top 8-10 inch flower stems over a long period, from late spring into summer. Able to thrive in dry shady conditions. May seed about in a friendly way.
Maianthemum dilatatum  false lily of the valley
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Maianthemum dilatatum

(false lily of the valley)

Native to coastal forests of Northern California to Alaska. When happy, spreads by underground root stocks to form broad mats of heart shaped glossy green leaves with parallel veins. Bears clusters of tiny white flowers followed by red translucent berries. Dies back to the ground in winter. Loves shade and moisture. Competes well with tree roots.
Maianthemum (Smilacina) racemosum  fat false Solomon's seal
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Maianthemum (Smilacina) racemosum

(fat false Solomon's seal)

Choice herbaceous perennial native to moist woodlands in California and throughout North America below 2000 ft. Forms robust clumps of arching branches 2-3 ft. tall. The branch tips carry dense panicles of sweetly fragrant, white star shaped flowers in late spring. Clusters of red berries follow in summer and fall. A lovely addition to the shade garden where it thrives in well drained, woodsy soil with some summer moisture. In cooler coastal environments can go summer dry once established. This lily family member slowly spreads to form striking clumps which die back to the ground in the winter. An elegant and long lived beauty.
Maianthemum (Smilacina) stellatum  slim false Solomon's seal
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Maianthemum (Smilacina) stellatum

(slim false Solomon's seal)

Native to California and much of North America, this woodlander makes a worthy addition to the shade garden. Spreading by stout rhizomes forming colonies of lush green foliage one foot to 18 inches tall. Small white star-shaped flowers top the zig-zaggy stems in the spring. Berries follow that are often striped with purple or black eventually turning red. Thrives in shade with moisture but tolerates dryish conditions once established. Can grow in quite a bit of light as long as there is moisture.  A variety of insects seek nectar or pollen from the flowers and woodland song birds love the berries.
Malacothamnus  'Casitas' chapparal bush mallow
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Malacothamnus 'Casitas'

(chapparal bush mallow)

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Malacothamnus fremontii  fremont's bush mallow
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Malacothamnus fremontii

(fremont's bush mallow)

A fast growing, thicket forming, native shrub with silvery white felted foliage 4 - 6 ft. tall and spreading. A profusion of pale-pink, cup-shaped flowers decorate the branch tips in summer. A tough and adaptable shrub for sunny dry areas, appreciating occasional summer water once established. Useful on banks or other challenging sites. Host plant for the Painted Lady and West Coast Lady butterfly. An excellent nectar source for orioles. Deer often seem to leave it alone.
Malacothamnus palmeri var. lucianus  Santa Lucia bush mallow
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Malacothamnus palmeri var. lucianus

(Santa Lucia bush mallow)

From the hot valleys of the Santa Lucia mountains in central California comes this rare form of the native bush-mallow. Deep pink, cup-shaped flowers appear in late spring above the fuzzy, light green leaves. Reaches a height of about 6 ft and slowly spreads to form colonies. Give full sun to light shade and provide little to no water once established. A good choice for hot, dry banks with Toyon, Ceanothus and Manzanita. An excellent nectar source for orioles. Deer seem to leave it alone.
Marah oregana  coast man-root, wild cucumber
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Marah oregana

(coast man-root, wild cucumber)

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Marrubium bourgaei 'All Hallow's Green' false dittany
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Marrubium bourgaei 'All Hallow's Green'

(false dittany)

A first rate foliage plant with beautiful chartreuse textured leaves, growing into a low mound around 18 inches tall and wide. This small, neat, perennial grows in full sun to light shade and is drought tolerant once established. Summer brings tiny pale yellow-green flowers in ball like clusters attractive to pollinators. Useful in a sunny border or rock garden. Deer resistant.  

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Melica californica

(California melic grass)

Here is a tough and handsome bunchgrass native to the grasslands and oak woodlands of northern and central coast ranges and the Sierra Nevada foothills. Bright green blades grow about one foot tall. The flower spikes are made up of glistening papery bracts and grow to around 2 ft. tall. The ornamental flowering culms remain attractive even after this grass has gone dormant, and is also useful as a “cut” in floral arrangements. Tolerant of many soil types, though it requires good drainage. Plant in full sun to light shade where it is very drought tolerant. Deer resistant.

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Melica harfordii

(woodland melic)

A lovely and useful grass native to dry slopes and canyons of coniferous forests from central California to British Columbia. Forms a loose vertical clump with slightly arching stems 2 to 3 ft. tall. The delicate, narrow flower spikes add a sparkling effect to the woodland garden. Useful in lightly shaded plantings, where it is drought tolerant especially in cooler areas like western Sonoma County. It would benefit from occasional water during the dry season in warmer regions. Adds a nice vertical touch, as a specimen or in mass. Deer resistant.

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Melica imperfecta

Native to dry hillsides, chaparral and open woodlands of the coast ranges. This native perennial grass grows 1 - 2 ft. tall in flower. The narrow flower panicles provide a delicate effect, starting out cream and aging to beige. Grows best in part shade and responds to some irrigation. Goes dormant if allowed to go summer dry once established, turning green with the winter rains. Useful for lightly shaded meadow plantings and stabilizing slopes. Deer resistant.

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Melica torreyana

(Torrey's melic)

At its best in winter and early spring, this little native bunchgrass is a perfect mound of soft green blades. In full bloom it remains under 1 ft. tall, followed by typical melic fruit resembling small brown rice grains held close to the stem. Grows in sun and shade in nature but performs best/longest in the garden in part shade. Will go semi-summer dormant with drought. Deer resistant.
Mimulus  'Changeling' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Changeling'

(monkeyflower)

           
Mimulus  'Creamsicle' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Creamsicle'

(monkeyflower)

This is one of Phil's first hybrid monkeyflowers using Mimulus bifidus from Bowman Lake in the Sierra Nevada (thanks to Ted Kipping).  'Creamsicle' blossoms are a beautiful shade of pastel orange with a white throat and dark orange nectar guides giving it a two toned affect.  It has proved long lived in both Fulton and Sebastopol.  It has the useful characteristic of sprouting new growth from the base so that old growth can be pruned away. Best with light shade and good drainage. Keep the soil on the dry side in summer and fertilize minimally. The flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds.  
Mimulus  'Eleanor' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Eleanor'

(monkeyflower)

The shrubby monkey flowers are native, floriferous subshrubs that bloom spring through the summer. Best with good drainage, light shade and careful watering. They do not flourish with drip irrigation and are best with occasional deep watering once established. Monkey flowers can be brittle and pinching helps produce a good scaffold for these profusely blooming plants. The selection ‘Eleanor’, introduced by Yerba Buena Nursery, offers an abundance of soft orangey-yellow blossoms edged in white. Growing around 3 foot tall and wide. Monkey flowers are deer resistant and are a larval food source for the painted lady and checkerspot butterfly.
Mimulus   'Fiesta Marigold' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Fiesta Marigold'

(monkeyflower)

This monkeyflower hybrid is a selection from plant breeder Richard Persoff, part of his trade marked Jelly Bean series. Selected for it's large and frilly, brick-red blossoms edged in orange, on compact plants 18 inches to 2 feet tall and wide. Valued for their long bloom, monkeyflowers perform best with good drainage and sun to light shade. Drought tolerant, but some occasional summer water is helpful. Monkeyflowers benifit from pinching to produce a nice shape and strong structure to hold the abundant blossoms. Highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Deer resisitant.       

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Mimulus 'Georgie Red'

(monkeyflower)

This hybrid monkey flower is the result of a breeding program by Ball Horticultural Co. using both wild and commercial material. Compact habit, growing 1-2 ft. tall and wide with large deep brick red flowers that have an apricot edge to the frilly petals. Monkeyflowers prefer good drainage in sun to light shade with occasional deep watering. Humming bird favorites and deer resistant.  

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Mimulus 'Jelly Bean Lemon'

(monkeyflower)

Another selection from the Jelly Bean series of hybrid monkeyflowers. Dark green compact foliage grows 18 inches to 2 ft. tall and wide. Glowing, lemon-yellow, frilly flowers over a long period decorate the branch tips. Valued for their long bloom period, monkeyflowers perform best with good drainage and sun to light shade. Drought tolerant, but some occasional summer water is helpful. These short lived perennials benifit from pinching to produce a nice shape and strong structure to hold the abundant blossoms. Nice in containers too. Highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Deer resisitant. 
Mimulus   'Jelly Bean Orange' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Jelly Bean Orange'

(monkeyflower)

'Jelly Bean Orange' is another selection from the Jelly Bean Series of hybrid monkey flowers. Chosen for it's compact habit and heavy display of large, bright-orange frilly blossoms. Monkey flowers are a useful group of free flowering, drought tolerant, native sub-shrubs that bloom spring through summer. Best with good drainage, light shade and careful watering. Monkey flowers do best with an occasional deep watering in the summer and pinching to form good support for the profuse blossoms.  Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds work the flowers and the painted lady and checkerspot butterflies use it as a larval food source. Deer resistant.             
Mimulus  'Peach Hybrid' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Peach Hybrid'

(monkeyflower)

This dependable Mimulus hybrid is one of the oldest in our collection.  It has large orange frilly blossoms.  Grows 2-3 ft. tall and blooms profusely in the spring and summer often into autumn. Drought tolerant shrub which can grow in sun to light shade and benefit from pinching back to form a strong framework for floral display and to keep compact. They require good drainage and respond to occasional watering, but resent drip irrigation systems that deliver water on a regular basis.  Deer resistant.  Larval food source for painted lady and checkerspot butterfly.
Mimulus  'Phil's White' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Phil's White'

(monkeyflower)

This monkeyflower opens pale yellow-ivory and fades to white. It's a cross between the lovely but cold tender White Verity hybrid and Mimulus bifidus from Bowman Lake in the Sierra Nevada (thanks to Ted Kipping). It has proved long lived in both Fulton and Sebastopol. It has the useful characteristic of sprouting new growth from the base so that old growth can be pruned away. Best with light shade and good drainage. Keep the soil on the dry side in summer and fertilize minimally. The flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds.
Mimulus  'Trish' monkey flower
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Mimulus 'Trish'

(monkey flower)

Another hybrid monkeyflower developed by Richard Persoff, sporting large rosy-pink flowers. Floriferous, drought tolerant, native sub-shrub growing 1 - 2 ft. tall and wide. Best with good drainage, light shade and careful watering. Best with occasional deep watering in the summer and pinching to form good support for the abundant flowers. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds work the flowers, painted lady and checkerspot butterflies use it as a larval food source. Deer resisitant.    

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Mimulus 'U.C. Hybrid'

(monkeyflower)

Monkeyflowers are floriferous native sub-shrubs that bloom spring into summer. The cultivar 'U.C.Hybrid' is very vigorous with burnt orange colored flowers. Requires good drainage, full sun along the coast with  light or part shade inland. They benefit from pinching to form a strong framework to support it's floriferous branches. Best kept on the dry side with occasional deep summer waterings. Hummingbird, butterflies and bees enjoy the flowers, larval food source for checkerspot and painted lady butterflies. Deer resisitant.

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