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Papaver atlanticum  Moroccan poppy
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Papaver atlanticum

(Moroccan poppy)

A sweet little perennial poppy native to Morocco. Small clumps of soft green foliage topped with cup-shaped crepe-papery blossoms that are a wonderful shade of salmon. Each flower lasts a day and are followed by handsome seed pods. Blooms over a long period in the summer. Plant in full sun with good drainage. Gets by on little water. Tends to seed about.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia  Virginia creeper
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Parthenocissus quinquefolia

(Virginia creeper)

Vigorous vine that clings, drapes, or runs over the ground, fence, trellis or building. Fantastic RED fall color which is intense and dependable. Flowers are small and highly attractive to bees.The blue-black fruits that follow are very showy and enjoyed by birds. Tolerates any exposure with regular water.
Pectiantia ovalis  coastal miterwort
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Pectiantia ovalis

(coastal miterwort)

Plant description coming soon.
Penstemon  'Catherine de la Mare' penstemon
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Penstemon 'Catherine de la Mare'

(penstemon)

Beautiful electric blue tubular flowers blush purple as they age. Low (12 -18 inches tall) plant with a loose, open habit. Blooming begins in May and continues for a month or two. An easy and hardy penstemon requiring moderate water and sun to light shade. Wonderful for the front of borders. Adored by hummingbirds and bees.
Penstemon  'Enor' border penstemon
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Penstemon 'Enor'

(border penstemon)

Garden designer Kate Frey gave us this Border Penstemon along with high praise for it’s particularly long bloom season. Narrow tubes of rich burgundy flowers bloom throughout the summer. The compact, bushy foliage is deep-green and shiny with reddish stems, growing 2-3 foot tall and wide. Best in full sun with regular to moderate summer water. Hummingbird magnet.  

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Penstemon 'Firebird'

(penstemon)

Easy to grow, long blooming perennial, forming a compact clump of dark green narrow leaves 2-3 ft. tall. Showy bright red tubular flowers bloom over a long period beginning in late spring and will continue into the summer. Cutting back spent flowers can lengthen flowering period. Plant in full sun with moderate watering. Drought tolerant along the coast, requiring summer water inland. Attractive to bees and hummingbirds.
Penstemon 'Chiapas'
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Penstemon 'Chiapas'

This Penstemon offers a unique growth habit, with strong erect stems rising to 4 or 5 ft. tall. No flopping here, this perennial forms a vertical tower of apple green, triangular leaves that are slightly sticky. Chubby, purple, open mouth flowers bloom along each stem tip in mid summer. Plant in full sun with moderate summer water. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are all attracted to it’s flowers. Deer resistant.  
Penstemon azureus  azure penstemon
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Penstemon azureus

(azure penstemon)

Native to the mountains of California and Oregon where it grows in woodland and chaparral plant communities. Forms a tidy mound of bluish-green leaves 1-2 ft. tall and wide with bright blue tubular flowers late spring into summer. Requires good drainage and sun to light shade. This species is drought tolerant but prefers occasional summer water and is more garden tolerant than most native Penstemons. Attractive to bees and hummingbirds.
Penstemon barbatus 'Coral Baby' beard lip Penstemon
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Penstemon barbatus 'Coral Baby'

(beard lip Penstemon)

This dazzling selection of Penstemon is from the Plant Select program of Colorado. Forms a tidy, compact mound of bright green foliage to around 15 inches tall by 12 inches or so wide. Late spring brings upright spikes of eye catching coral-pink tubular flowers which attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Full sun with good drainage and moderate to occasional summer water.
Penstemon centranthifolius  scarlet buglar
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Penstemon centranthifolius

(scarlet buglar)

  Custom made for hummingbirds, this Penstemon sports an abundance of bright-red to orange-red tubular flowers from late spring into summer. Native to dry habitats in the North Coast Ranges south to Mexico and east to the Southern Sierra, growing in chaparral and openings in woodlands below 6000 ft. Thick, blue-green leaves form a rosette 1 – 2 ft. tall and wide. Long flower spikes rise 2 – 4 ft. above the waxy leaves with many narrow, tubular, scarlet blossoms. Likes full sun, lean soils and good drainage. Drought and cold tolerant. Hummingbird and butterfly favorite.
Penstemon eatonii  firecracker penstemon
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Penstemon eatonii

(firecracker penstemon)

Adaptable and beautiful perennial native to the western United States including southeastern California. Narrow, leathery leaves form an evergreen rosette of foliage. Flower stalks rise 2-3 ft above the foliage. This form has brilliant red tubular flowers lining the erect stems in early summer. Requires good drainage, full sun to light shade and occasional to little summer water. Tolerates winter cold to 18 degrees and drought once established. Hummingbird favorite.
Penstemon heterophyllus  foothill penstemon
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Penstemon heterophyllus

(foothill penstemon)

Iridescent blue-purple tubular flowers in short spikes put on a good show over a long period in spring and early summer. The spent flower spikes should be cut off to encourage more blooming, better form, and longer life. Best in full sun with well drained soils and moderate to little water once established.  Hummingbird favorite.
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs' foothill penstemon
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Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs'

(foothill penstemon)

A seed strain of a highly variable native penstemon. Attractive narrow, shiny, bluish-green leaves topped with dense spikes of narrow bell-shaped blossoms of bright blue. Flowers late spring to early summer, growing to around 1 to 1 1/2 ft. tall and wide. The spent flower spikes should be cut off to encourage more blooming, better form, and longer life. Best in full sun with good drainage and moderate to little summer water.
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP' foothill penstemon
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Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'

(foothill penstemon)

A fine selection of a native penstemon from Las Pilitas Nursery where this chance hybrid seedling was discovered at the “Bottom Of the Porch”. Forms a tidy mound 18 inches tall by 2 ft. or so wide. Iridescent blue-purple tubular flowers in short spikes put on a good show over a long period in spring and early summer. The spent flower spikes should be cut off to encourage more blooming, better form, and longer life. Best in full sun with well drained soils and moderate to little water once established.  'Margarita BOP' has proven particularly adaptable and has survived longer than other cultivars.  Hummingbird favorite.

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Penstemon parryi

(Parry's penstemon)

An adaptable species from the desert southwest of the United States. Thick bluish-green foliage forms a low rosette up to 2 feet wide. Bright pink funnel-shaped flowers are produced in profusion on stems 1-3 ft. tall in spring. Good drainage and full sun with moderate to little water once established. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Penstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow' yellow pineleaf penstemon
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Penstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow'

(yellow pineleaf penstemon)

Forms a tidy shrublet of attractive bright-green needle-like leaves, growing 12 - 18 inches tall and wide. This unusual color variant sports clear-yellow tubular flowers, which are rare in the genus Penstemon. Native to Arizona and New Mexico, this clump former requires good drainage, full sun with moderate to infrequent summer water. Blooming late spring to early summer, the tubular flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.    
Penstemon spectabilis  royal penstemon
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Penstemon spectabilis

(royal penstemon)

A spectacular Penstemon native to dry, gravelly slopes of southern California and northern Baja. Demanding good drainage and full sun, this perennial grows 3 ft. or more tall with striking displays of lavender-purple tubular flowers. A challenging species with a sensational floral display, but can be short lived in northern California. Performs best in hot inland gardens. Take care not to over water. Highly attractive to hummingbirds as well as bees and butterflies.   

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Penstemon strictus

(Rocky Mt. penstemon)

Showy perennial, native to a number of states in the Rocky Mountains, where it grows in sage brush and coniferous forest communities. Forming large clumps of neat evergreen foliage 24 to 30 inches tall by 36 inches wide. Mid to late spring brings flowering stems 2 foot or so above the foliage with bright blue-purple tubular flowers. Considered one of the easier to grow, tolerating heavier soil and moisture better than many Penstemon species. Still, good drainage is best with little summer water once established. Plant in full sun to light shade in hot regions. Very cold tolerant. Penstemons are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.  
Penstemon venustus  Venus penstemon, elegant penstemon
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Penstemon venustus

(Venus penstemon, elegant penstemon)

This jewel of the mountains displays richly toned, trumpet-shaped flowers of blue to lavender held on stalks reaching 1 – 3 ft. tall. Dark green, serrated leaves form a low mound up to 2ft. wide over time. Hummingbirds love the tubular flowers as do bees. Plant in full sun with excellent drainage and water infrequently. While native to much of the West, this penstemon doesn’t quite make it into California. 
Perideridia gairdneri  yampah
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Perideridia gairdneri

(yampah)

An interesting and rarely cultivated native perennial that grows in grasslands and meadows in central to northern California and the Sierra Nevada foothills. Narrow leaves emerge in the spring giving way to lovely 4 ft. tall flowering stems topped with umbels of delicate white flowers in the summer. Looks particularly nice in mass and livens up a meadow or grassland planting that may be waning in summer. Entice the anise swallowtail butterfly with a NATIVE larval food source. Plant in full sun to light shade with a little water. Allow to go dry after flowering.
Perideridia kelloggii  yampah
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Perideridia kelloggii

(yampah)

An interesting and rarely cultivated native perennial that grows in grasslands and meadows in central to northern California and the Sierra Nevada foothills. Narrow leaves emerge in the spring giving way to lovely 4 ft. tall flowering stems topped with umbels of delicate white flowers in the summer. Looks particularly nice in mass and livens up a meadow or grassland planting that may be waning in summer. Entice the anise swallowtail butterfly with a NATIVE larval food source. Plant in full sun to light shade with a little water. Allow to go dry after flowering.

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Perovskia atriplicifolia

(Russian sage)

Upright, shrubby perennial, reaching 3 – 4 foot tall and wide, spreading by underground stems. Greyish, lacy, aromatic foliage, producing spires of small violet-blue flowers in late spring and summer, which create a haze of soft color. Plant in full sun where it will be heat and drought tolerant once established. Beloved by pollinators, bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant.  
Petasites palmatus  western coltsfoot
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Petasites palmatus

(western coltsfoot)

A west Sonoma County collection of a bold, beautiful and INVASIVE creekside native. Found in coastal regions in California north to Alaska, where it grows along shady creek banks. Beautiful,large palmate leaves spread from thick creeping rootstocks to form large colonies.Flowers before the foliage fully emerges in the spring with flat topped clusters of white to pink flowers on 1-2 ft. tall stems.Requires shade and plenty of water and is useful as a soil stabilizer.To control it's spreading nature use in containers or in contained areas. Dies back to the ground in the winter. Flowers attractive to a wide range of beneficial insects.
Petasites palmatus 'Golden Palms' golden western coltsfoot
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Petasites palmatus 'Golden Palms'

(golden western coltsfoot)

Here is an exciting introduction of the western coltsfoot with wonderful golden foliage. Native to streamsides in low elevation forests, the broadly palmate leaves spread by creeping rhizomes. Careful thought should be given to its placement as it can be invasive. This bold foliage plant is great in containers or contained areas with regular water and part shade. Dies back to the ground in winter.
Phacelia bolanderi  woodland phacelia
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Phacelia bolanderi

(woodland phacelia)

Easy to grow perennial for part shade and a little summer water. Native to slopes and canyons of coastal forests in northern California. Forms low mounds of soft foliage 6 - 8 inches tall by 2 ft. or so wide. Pretty powder blue-purple one inch flowers late spring into summer offer nectar to hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. The seeds are enjoyed by songbirds. Though somewhat short-lived, it often reseeds. Appears to be deer resistant.

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