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Mimulus (Erythranthe) lewisii - dark flowered form  Lewis' monkeyflower
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Mimulus (Erythranthe) lewisii - dark flowered form

(Lewis' monkeyflower)

From cold streams in the Cascade Mountains comes this particularly dark flowered form of Lewis' monkeyflower. Trumpet-shaped blossoms with flared mouths are colored a deep, rich rose-pink, unlike the paler Sierra form. Reaching up to a foot tall and spreading to form small clumps, this moisture-loving monkeyflower enjoys part-shade and decent drainage. Hummingbirds love the flowers. Plant with sedges, blue lobelia and false bugbane for a colorful woodland display filled with texture. Great in a container.  
Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson' scarlet coyote mint
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Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson'

(scarlet coyote mint)

A choice native perennial forming low mats of fragrant dark green shiny leaves. Mid to late spring brings spectacular heads of scarlet tubular flowers which are hummingbird magnets. Well suited for rock garden or container use where good drainage can be provided along with occasional summer water. Appreciates light shade in hot regions. The cultivar ‘Marian Sampson’ is a vigorous and disease resistant selection, but still likely to be short lived, lasting 2 to 4 years. Fantastic accent plant which is deer resistant and attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Monardella odoratissima  mountain coyote mint, mountain pennyroyal
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Monardella odoratissima

(mountain coyote mint, mountain pennyroyal)

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Monardella purpurea  serpentine coyote mint
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Monardella purpurea

(serpentine coyote mint)

A locally rare and more refined version of our common coyote mint, often with darker flowers, colored purple. Mature plants typically stay under a foot tall, but will get a little wider. Leaves are narrow and dark green, lining burgundy-tinged stems. While native to serpentine soils, it does well in most soils with good drainage. Plant in full sun to part shade and water infrequently. A great, rarely offered native for rock gardens or smaller areas, where butterflies and bees will enjoy the summer blossoms. Deer resistant.
Monardella villosa  coyote mint
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Monardella villosa

(coyote mint)

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Monardella villosa 'Soulajule' coyote mint
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Monardella villosa 'Soulajule'

(coyote mint)

Smaller than our cultivar 'Russian River', this coyote mint reaches a height of about 10 inches with fragrant leaves and dense heads of lavender-pink flowers in late spring and summer.Forms small colonies over time as the branches touch the ground and root.Best in full sun though light shade is helpful inland.Will enjoy occasional irrigation once established but does not require it.Attracts bees, butterflies and other beneficials and is deer resistant.Discovered near Soulajule Reservoir in Marin County.
Monardella villosa ssp. franciscana 'Pomo Canyon' coyote mint
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Monardella villosa ssp. franciscana 'Pomo Canyon'

(coyote mint)

This low growing, dense selection of our native coyote mint was discovered near the mouth of the Russian River. Large, round, deeply veined leaves colored dark blue-green give this groundcover a lush appearance. In summer, soft lavender flowers which look like pincushions cover the plant. Reaches a height of up to 12 inches and spreads fairly quickly to form drifts. Provide full sun to light shade and moderate to infrequent irrigation. A stellar plant for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Coyote mint is not a true mint and won’t spread invasively by roots. Deer resistant.
Monardella villosa ssp. franciscana 'Russian River' coyote mint
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Monardella villosa ssp. franciscana 'Russian River'

(coyote mint)

Our own selection of coyote mint from a rocky slope along the lower Russian River. Although Monardella is sometimes difficult in cultivation, this plant has proven to be vigorous. Grows 12 to 18 inches tall with ball-like clusters of pinkish-purple above the fragrant evergreen foliage. Good for a dry sunny site. Attracts bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.
Monardella villosa ssp. villosa 'Mark West' coyote mint
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Monardella villosa ssp. villosa 'Mark West'

(coyote mint)

This sweet little coyote mint hails from the dry, inland hills above the Mark West watershed in North East Santa Rosa. It is more compact than the ‘Russian River’ selection, mounding to about 1’ high and spreading to 3’ across. The aromatic foliage is a light minty green, and the round lavender-pink flower heads bloom from late spring through summer. Best with a bit of protection from the hot afternoon sun, this coyote mint is great to tuck under a large, upright, drought tolerant shrub, such as manzanita or Ceanothus. Drought tolerant once established, but blooms best with occasional deep soaks. Needs good drainage. Like other coyote mints, it is a butterfly and native bee magnet. Deer resistant.
Monardella viridis  green coyote mint
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Monardella viridis

(green coyote mint)

A pollinator magnet! Found in inland Sonoma County, and in Lake and Napa Counties, on hot, dry, rocky slopes, green coyote mint entices the senses with its minty, sage-like aroma, small, pointed, ovate, green-gray foliage, and its saturated lavender inflorescences that bloom in summer. Growing to 4’ across, this low mounding woody perennial prefers decent drainage and a bit of relief from afternoon sun in hotter, inland sites. The flowers are especially attractive to native bees and butterflies. Deer resistant and drought-tolerant once established.
Muhlenbergia capillaris  pink muhly
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Muhlenbergia capillaris

(pink muhly)

This beautiful grass is grown for the stunning haze of purple-pink flower panicles in late summer. Clumping grass 2 - 3 ft. tall, native to southeastern U.S. Best in full sun with some summer water. Cut back late winter to encourage fresh new growth. Deer resistant.
Muhlenbergia dubia  pine muhly
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Muhlenbergia dubia

(pine muhly)

A half size version of the popular deer grass, Muhlenbergia rigens, with many of its attributes - only smaller. Evergreen foliage 12 - 18 inches tall. Narrow flower spikes on erect stems to 3 ft. tall. Adaptable, plant in full sun to light shade, little to moderate summer water. Heat and drought tolerant. Deer resistant too.
Muhlenbergia emersleyi  bull grass
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Muhlenbergia emersleyi

(bull grass)

A handsome grass that forms dense mounds of gray-green blades about 2 ft. long. The showy flowers rise another foot above the foliage and are purplish-gray and dense. Useful as a specimen or in groups. Full sun, light shade, decent drainage. Tolerates heat, cold, wind, and drought. Deer resistant.
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri
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Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

Choice evergreen grass with beautiful blue-gray blades that have a graceful arching habit to around 3 ft. tall. Purplish flower spikes rise another 1 - 2 1/2 ft. above the foliage. Prefers full sun with good drainage with moderate to little summer water. Has performed well on our mounded up clay soil with very little summer water. Deer resistant.
Muhlenbergia rigens  deer grass
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Muhlenbergia rigens

(deer grass)

Versatile, adaptable, large native grass forms dense clumps 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide. This striking grass is useful as a specimen and wonderful planted in mass. Plant in full sun to light shade.Tolerates moist or dry soils and performs well in clay soils. Extensive root system makes it excellent for soil stabilization.Good habitat value offering seeds for songbirds and is a larval food source for a number of butterflies species.Deer resisitant.

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Myrica hartwegii

(Sierra sweet bay)

From Sierran streambanks comes this sweet bay, a cousin of our local wax myrtle.  Rare in nature, this deciduous shrub can reach a height and width of up to 5 ft. Soft, lance-shaped leaves of gray-green flank the stems. Small red flowers appear in the spring. Enjoys dappled shade and good drainage. Requires regular irrigation. Plant with indian rhubarb, western columbine and ferns for a taste of the mountains in your own garden. Thought to be deer resistant.
Myrica (Morella) californica  Pacific wax myrtle
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Myrica (Morella) californica

(Pacific wax myrtle)

Native evergreen shrub with clean looking shiny foliage 15 ft. or more tall. Useful screen, clipped or informal hedge or even trained as multi-trunked small tree. An adaptable plant for sun to light shade, with moderate to occasional water. Its waxy berries attract flickers, robins and finches. Fairly deer resistant.

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