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Perovskia  atriplicifolia  Russian sage
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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 its 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.
Phacelia californica  California phacelia
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Phacelia californica

(California phacelia)

A low elevation species inhabiting bluffs, open slopes, road cuts and canyons of our inner and outer Coast Ranges down through the central coast. Forms perennial clumps of crinkled gray leaves. Stout stems rise above the rosette one foot to 18 inches tall with large coils of lavender flowers. Excellent rock garden subject. Plant in sunny areas with good drainage where it will be drought tolerant, and will do fine with a little summer water. Phacelias are great for attracting bees and butterflies.
Phacelia campanularia  desert bluebells
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Phacelia campanularia

(desert bluebells)

This ANNUAL is endemic to washes in Southern California deserts.  Amazing, royal blue flowers make a show stopping display a top foliage 6-10 inches tall.  Surprisingly adaptable, requiring well drained soils , full sun and dryish conditions.  Excellent in containers too.  Bee favorite.

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Phacelia grandiflora

(large-flowered phacelia)

Native to southern California coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities, this native ANNUAL is often a fire follower. Fast growing to 3 ft. tall and topped with clusters of large fragrant blossoms of lavender- blue. Abundant nectar and pollen is highly attractive to bees and a great addition to the habitat garden. Plant in full sun with a little water to encourage long blooming. Often self sows.

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Phacelia tanacetifolia

(tansy leaf phacelia)

A robust ANNUAL increasingly used in agriculture as a pollinator attracting cover crop. This native covers the ground and flowers abundantly producing high quality pollen and nectar which is highly attractive to bees and beneficial insects. Fast growing frilly foliage grows 1-4 ft. tall and wide topped with clusters of small lavender-blue cup shaped flowers.  Sun to light shade, decent drainage and drought tolerant.  Occasional water during flowering will keep it going longer.
Philadelphus  'Belle Etoile' mock orange
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Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'

(mock orange)

This is the much sought after true ‘Belle Etoile’ with abundant profuse clusters of white flowers with a mauve flush inside. Wonderfully fragrant. The new stems of this deciduous shrub are mahogany colored. Can grow to 6 ft. or so tall. Sun to light shade in hottest areas. Moderate to occasional summer water. Bee and butterfly favorite.
Philadelphus  'Desert Snow' mock orange
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Philadelphus 'Desert Snow'

(mock orange)

A very charming and useful mock orange, only reaching 4 ft. tall and wide.  Dainty, 4-petaled flowers which resemble dogwood blossoms cover the plant in late spring and perfume the air with their sweet fragrance.  For those who want a mock orange and have a small garden, this is the perfect option.  Provide moderate to occasional irrigation and full sun to light shade.  Protect from the hot afternoon sun in hot areas.  An excellent container plant.  Attracts pollinators and birds.
Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus' golden sweet mock orange
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Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus'

(golden sweet mock orange)

Sweetly fragrant flowers and gorgeous golden foliage combine for an elegant effect. Grows to around 6 ft. tall, the leaves emerge brilliant golden in the spring, fading to a pleasing lime-green by summer. Deliciously sweet white flowers delight the senses in late spring. Best with light shade and moderate water. Deciduous.
Philadelphus coronarius 'Variegatus' variegated sweet mock orange
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Philadelphus coronarius 'Variegatus'

(variegated sweet mock orange)

An elegant shrub with medium green leaves margined in creamy white. Sweetly fragrant white flowers in late spring delight the senses. Compact habit, growing to around 6 ft. tall. Best with a little shade and moderate to regular water. Deciduous.
Philadelphus lewisii 'Covelo' western mock orange
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Philadelphus lewisii 'Covelo'

(western mock orange)

Densely branched deciduous native shrub up to 8 ft. tall with light green foliage and shreddy brown bark. Softly fragrant pure white saucer-shaped blossoms in late spring attract bees and butterflies. Sun to light shade. Moderate to occasional summer water.
Philadelphus lewisii 'Goose Creek' western mock orange
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Philadelphus lewisii 'Goose Creek'

(western mock orange)

This native mock orange is a large deciduous shrub up to 8 ft tall and wide with sweetly fragrant white flowers in late spring and early summer. The cultivar 'Goose Creek' offers unique, fully double flowers, discovered near the Smith River in Del Norte County. Useful as a specimen or in mixed plantings. Sun to light shade, moderate to little water when established.
Philadelphus lewisii 'Marjorie Schmidt' western mock orange
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Philadelphus lewisii 'Marjorie Schmidt'

(western mock orange)

This native mock orange was selected by Roger Raiche and Ron Lutsko in Shasta County. It caught their eye while driving along Route 36 west of Red Bluff, as being larger-flowered and more floriferous than surrounding shrubs. Large deciduous shrub up to 8 ft tall and wide with fragrant white flowers in early summer. Sun to light shade, most soils, moderate to little water once established. Flowers attractive to bees and butterflies.
Phlomis  'Edward Bowles' Jerusalem sage
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Phlomis 'Edward Bowles'

(Jerusalem sage)

We have grown this sturdy perennial in our landscape for over 20 years. A hybrid between Phlomis fruticosa and P. russeliana, which forms a mound of large coarse leaves 3-4 tall by 5-6 ft. wide. The clear yellow flowers are in ball-like clusters on tall stems 3 - 4 ft. high. Dependable and adaptable, plant in full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional summer water. Deer resistant.
Phlomis fruticosa (shrubby species)  Jerusalem sage
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Phlomis fruticosa (shrubby species)

(Jerusalem sage)

A handsome and easy to grow shrub from the Mediterranean. Can reach 4 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide with textured aromatic foliage. Large golden-yellow two-lipped flowers in ball-shaped clusters bloom over a long period and will give a repeat performance if faded flowers are trimmed back. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate to little water. Drought and deer tolerant.
Phlomis lanata  woolly Jerusalem sage
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Phlomis lanata

(woolly Jerusalem sage)

Endemic to Crete, this smaller Jerusalem sage forms a durable, compact, shrub 2 – 3 ft. tall by 4 foot or more wide. Rounded, woolly, sage-green leaves clothe stems that are covered in golden hairs. Blooms over a long period, from spring through fall with golden-yellow flowers in whorls just above the foliage. Plant in full sun where it will be drought tolerant once established. Bees and hummingbirds work the flowers. Deer and rabbit resistant. 
Phlomis purpurea  purple phlomis
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Phlomis purpurea

(purple phlomis)

Native to Spain, Portugal and Morocco, this tough perennial has beautiful grey-green woolly foliage. Growing 4-6 foot tall and wide, topped with whorls of rosy-lavender hooded blossoms in late spring-summer. Plant in full sun to light shade. Heat and drought tolerant along the coast but best with some summer water inland. This sage relative is pollinator friendly and deer resistant.
Phlomis russeliana  Jerusalem sage
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Phlomis russeliana

(Jerusalem sage)

A sturdy Mediterranean plant forming low mats of large heart-shaped leaves. Spikes with whorls of yellow flowers rise 3 feet above the bold foliage in spring.  An adaptable shrub which tolerates poor or heavy soils, full sun to light shade and are drought tolerant once established. Requires more water inland then along the coast. Can form a weed smothering ground cover. Pollinator friendly and deer resistant.
Physocarpus capitatus  western ninebark
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Physocarpus capitatus

(western ninebark)

Handsome, deciduous shrub favoring wooded streamsides in California. Grows vigorously 4 - 8 ft. tall and wide. After leafing out in the spring, the shrub looks spiraea-like, covered with small clusters of white flowers followed by red capsular fruits. Best with light shade and some summer water. Keep bushy and in bounds with pruning.
Physocarpus capitatus 'Tilden Park' prostrate western ninebark
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Physocarpus capitatus 'Tilden Park'

(prostrate western ninebark)

A prostrate form of the native ninebark from San Bruno Mountain. Makes a good groundcover about 3 ft. tall and spreading widely. Deciduous stems sprout beautiful green foliage with white flower clusters in spring. Sun to light shade with summer water, but will tolerate dryish conditions once established.
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo' bronze ninebark
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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

(bronze ninebark)

A gorgeous deciduous shrub growing 5 - 9 ft. tall and wide. The striking purple foliage is the perfect foil for the white, blushed pink flower clusters that appear in early summer. Plant in sun or shade, but good light is required to maintain foliage color. Best with regular to moderate summer water.
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Nugget' golden ninebark
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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Nugget'

(golden ninebark)

This eastern North American native shrub was selected by South Dakota State University for its densely compact habit, growing 6 ft. tall by 5 ft. wide. Foliage emerges vibrant glowing yellow in the spring maturing to yellow-green by summer. The yellow foliage color intensifies again before falling in autumn. Clusters of small white flowers in late spring and interesting peeling bark add to its charm. Best with regular to moderate summer water and protection from the hottest sun.
Picea sitchensis  Sitka spruce
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Picea sitchensis

(Sitka spruce)


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