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Oemleria cerasiformis  oso berry
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Oemleria cerasiformis

(oso berry)

A charming native shrub which grows in moist areas along the coast or when inland on forest edges. Blooms in early spring just as the new leaves are beginning to expand with drooping clusters of fragrant white flowers. Male and female plants are separate and you'll need both to get the small blue-black fruits that birds enjoy. A suckering shrub growing 5 - 6 ft. tall or more. Plant in part shade with regular to occasional water. Can grow in cool full sun such as you find along the coast.
Origanum  'Barbara Tingey' ornamental oregano
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Origanum 'Barbara Tingey'

(ornamental oregano)

An uncommon hybrid ornamental oregano, excellent for spilling over walls or containers. Arching habit to 8 inches tall with long, dangling flower stems made up of papery bracts which start out apple-green aging to deep pink. Tiny pink flowers peek out from between the bracts and last most of the summer. Good dried flowers too. Plant in sun to light shade, with good drainage, and moderate watering. Oregano's are bee favorites and deer resistant.  

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Origanum 'Bristol Cross'

(ornamental oregano)

Ornamental oregano with soft green fragrant foliage spreading to 18 inches wide. Summer brings cascading stems of slender chains of chartreuse papery bracts blushed rosy-pink 6-10 inches tall. Tiny lavender tubular flowers peek out of showy bract tips. Excellent rock garden, wall or container plant with good drainage in full sun to light shade and moderate to a little summer water. Flowers are bee favorites and the dried flower stems make great cut flowers.
Origanum  'Kent Beauty' ornamental oregano
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Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

(ornamental oregano)

A beautiful ornamental oregano with showy arching sprays of papery pink bracts shaped somewhat like the flowers of a hop plant. Looks wonderful cascading over walls, in pots, and in rock gardens. Full sun to light shade, moderate water and good drainage. Flowering oregano is a bee favorite. Deer tolerant.
Origanum  'Santa Cruz' ornamental oregano
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Origanum 'Santa Cruz'

(ornamental oregano)

Introduced by Santa Cruz Arboretum this aromatic evergreen perennial spreads to form mats about 3’ wide.  Arching flower stems 8 -12 inches above foliage are made up of showy pink papery bracts with tiny lavender flowers. Highly attractive to bees. Flowers make lasting “cuts”. Deer don’t seem to eat it. For sun with moderate to occasional summer water.
Origanum majorana 'Betty Rollins' dwarf culinary oregano
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Origanum majorana 'Betty Rollins'

(dwarf culinary oregano)

A wonderful low growing form of oregano, with dark green, deliciously fragrant foliage. Clusters of pink flowers decorate the tips in summer. Forms a dense mat 6 inches tall and spreading. Nice small scale groundcover or plant between stepping stones. Sun with moderate to occasional summer water. Flowering oregano is a bee favorite.  Deer resistant.
Origanum microphyllum  small leaved oregano
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Origanum microphyllum

(small leaved oregano)

Native to Crete, this sweet little oregano is a useful addition to the front of a border, rock garden or container planting.  Tiny aromatic leaves form a low, small scale ground cover.  The flowers are held on slender, wiry stems 10 inches to a foot above the fragrant foliage and are made up of tiny pink blossoms nestled in small papery bracts. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate to a little summer water. Shear after flowering for best ground hugging appearance.  Looking deceptively delicate, this sturdy perennial is eye catching, attractive to bees and deer resistant.

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Origanum microphyllum 'Dawn'

Selected by Heidi Freestone, long time Sonoma County gardener, thought to be a hybrid between Origanum microphyllum and Origanum ‘Betty Rollins’. Mounding habit, 2 ft. tall x 2 ft. wide, with small aromatic leaves topped with a haze of tiny, dark mauve-purple flowers over a long period in the summer. Highly attractive to bees. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate water. Deer resisitant.
Oxalis oregana  redwood sorrel
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Oxalis oregana

(redwood sorrel)

A natural companion of coast redwoods where it forms low carpets of clover-like foliage. Useful ground cover for the woodland garden where it competes well with tree roots and thrives in partial to deep shade. Low and spreading with spring flowers that can range from white through dark pink . Best with humus in the soil and some summer moisture, though it is drought tolerant in coastal zones. Deer resistant.
Oxalis oregana 'American Beauty' redwood sorrel
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Oxalis oregana 'American Beauty'

(redwood sorrel)

This remarkable selection of our native redwood sorrel has perhaps the largest flowers of any of the forms we've seen. The big pink blooms appear in spring above the lush, green, clover-like foliage. This ground cover competes well with tree roots and thrives in even the shadiest spots. Best with humus in soil and some moisture, though it is drought tolerant in coastal zones. Deer resistant.

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Oxalis oregana 'Klamath Ruby'

(redwood sorrel)

Low spreading groundcover which thrives in the shady conditions of Douglas fir and redwood forests. The cultivar ‘Klamath Ruby’ offers dark green clover-like foliage with beautiful burgundy backed leaves. White flowers with pale pink veining on the petals bloom in the spring. A lovely groundcover for a shady garden with some summer water, though it is drought tolerant in coastal zones, once established. Deer resistant.
Oxalis oregana 'Select Pink' redwood sorrel
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Oxalis oregana 'Select Pink'

(redwood sorrel)

Large lavender-pink flowers and big succulent, soft green leaves make this robust selection of our native sorrel noteworthy. When given regular to occasional water and plenty of shade, this ground cover vigorously forms lush, evergreen carpets. Adapted to survive in the dense roots of redwoods where establishing plants can be challenging. To create an idyllic woodland setting, plant with native ferns, wild ginger and evergreen huckleberry. Deer resistant.
Oxalis oregana 'Smith River White' white redwood sorrel
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Oxalis oregana 'Smith River White'

(white redwood sorrel)

This Cal Flora selection carries white flowers with thin pink lines on the petals held up above the foliage, thus creating an effect somewhat reminiscent of our small native anemones. The foliage is handsome with dark olive green tops and purple-red undersides to the leaves. The perfect ground cover for deep to moderate shade with some summer moisture. Drought tolerant when grown in more coastal areas. Rampant when its needs are met, it competes well with tree roots and is the perfect companion to other redwood forest understory plants. Deer resistant.      
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