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Actaea rubra  baneberry
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Actaea rubra


Native to moist wooded plant communities throughout the Coast Ranges and the Sierra Nevada. The attractive astilbe-like foliage emerges in the early spring. The tiny white flowers have no petals and are made up of clusters of creamy white stamens. The spikes of vivid, shiny red berries are very showy though poisonous - hence the common name baneberry. A wonderful addition to shady situations with some summer water. Goes dormant in the winter. Deer resistant.

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Actaea rubra - white fruited form


This is the special white fruited form of the more commonly seen red fruited baneberry. We are not sure how true these will come from seed and suspect there will be some red berries showing up in this crop. So far we have had only white fruits coming from this seed source, but we will have to see how the entire crop develops. Baneberry is a wonderful woodland plant and easy to grow in shady locales with some summer moisture. The foliage is astilbe-like and late spring brings tall flower stems topped with white flowers that have no real petals and are made up of clusters of creamy white stamens. The showy and VERY POISONOUS fruits follow, hopefully in this case white, but may be shiny red. Dies back to the ground in the winter. Deer resistant.
Adenostoma fasciculatum  chamise
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Adenostoma fasciculatum


Chamise is found on the poorest soils in hot, dry, exposed areas of chaparral plant communities.  Bright green needle-like leaves cover this evergreen shrub.  Late spring brings showy plumes of creamy white flowers in small dense sprays, persisting as they age to reddish brown. This tough shrub can grow 3-10 ft tall and wide depending on conditions. An excellent erosion control plant for tough sites where it holds soil, provides cover for wildlife and acts as a nurse plant, paving the way for the other species to get started.  Plant in full sun with no water required once established. Deer resistant.
Adenostoma fasciculatum v. prostratum  prostrate chamise
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Adenostoma fasciculatum v. prostratum

(prostrate chamise)

An interesting form of a rugged native shrub that inhabits hot dry rocky slopes of the chaparral. This rare and unusual form, from Santa Cruz Island grows into a low mound 3 - 4 ft. wide with dark green needle-like leaves. Small creamy white flowers in dense spikes decorate the branch tips in summer. A natural for dry sun drenched slopes where it will require no supplemental water once established. 
Adiantum aleuticum  five-finger fern
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Adiantum aleuticum

(five-finger fern)

Five finger fern provides a delicate, airy, fresh effect in the shade garden. Easy to grow with regular water and humusy soil. Does well in containers too. Fronds form finger-like patterns on handsome black stems up to 1 and 1/2 feet tall.  Somewhat winter deciduous.  Combine with wild ginger, redwood sorrel, leopard lilies and sword fern for a handsome woodland garden.  Deer resistant.
Adiantum capillus-veneris  southern maidenhair fern
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Adiantum capillus-veneris

(southern maidenhair fern)

A lacy and delicate looking fern with arching dark stems that carry bright green fan-shaped leaflets.  A wonderful addition to a woodland garden or any shady space where it is easy to grow as long as it receives regular water.  Lovely in containers or raised beds, on a shady bank or border, along the north side of a building.  Can grow as much as 1 1/2 ft. tall and wide.  Southern maidenhair can be grown through much of California except for high mountain areas.  Goes winter dormant with cold.  Deer resistant.

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Adiantum pedatum

(five fingered fern)

A beautiful fern with black stems and bright green fan-shaped fronds.  Growing 1 – 2 ft. tall and wide, producing an airy effect in the woodland garden.  Requires good drainage and regular water in a shady location.  Good container subject too.  Cut back old fronds in the winter, making way for the fresh new fiddleheads.  Deer resistant.
Adiantum x tracyi  Tracy's maidenhair fern
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Adiantum x tracyi

(Tracy's maidenhair fern)

A naturally occurring cross between Western five finger and California maidenhair fern.  Offers a delicate lacy effect with gorgeous bright green fronds on black arching stems.  One of the parents is winter dormant, the other, summer dormant, with the resulting hybrid being evergreen.  Easy to grow with shade, woodsy soil and summer irrigation.  Excellent container plant too.  Deer resistant.
Aesculus californica  Californica buckeye
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Aesculus californica

(Californica buckeye)

Beautiful in all its seasons, this native tree is perfectly adapted to our summer dry climate.  Broad headed, deciduous tree rapidly growing to 15 feet or more with smooth grey bark and a rounded shapely habit.  Bright green palmate leaves unfurl in the spring.  Striking, fragrant white to pink flowers in long spikes are followed by pear shaped fruits that split open to reveal large chestnut-brown shiny seeds dangling from branch tips.  Buckeyes lose their leaves in summer to avoid the long dry season. Adaptable and tolerant of a wide range of conditions.  Sun to light shade, little to no water once established.  Flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies and native bees.
Agastache  'Kudos Mandarin' hybrid anise hyssop
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Agastache 'Kudos Mandarin'

(hybrid anise hyssop)

The "Kudos" line of hybrid Agastache were bred for compact habit, earlier blooming, increased cold hardiness and resistance to downy mildew. Fragrant, lush foliage on compact stems growing 16 - 24 inches tall x 24 inches wide. Rosy-orange tubular flowers bloom over a long period in summer and are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Requires good drainage and full sun with moderate to occasional water. Good container subject too. Deer resistant.
Agastache  'Kudos Silver Blue' hybrid anise hyssop
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Agastache 'Kudos Silver Blue'

(hybrid anise hyssop)

The "Kudos" line of hybrid Agastache were bred for compact habit, earlier blooming, increased cold hardiness and resistance to downy mildew. 'Silver Blue' produces an abundance of lavender-blue tubular flowers on lush fragrant foliage growing 16 - 24 inches tall x 24 inches wide. The flowers are highly attractive to a wide array of pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Grow in full sun with good drainage and moderate to occasional watering. Deer resisitant.  
Agastache  'Rosy Giant' hummingbird mint
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Agastache 'Rosy Giant'

(hummingbird mint)

Sturdy, long blooming perennial, this Agastache mexicana hybrid was introduced by Suncrest Nursery. Lemony scented foliage to about 2 ft. tall. Erect flower stems rise 5-6 ft. with bright rose pink tubular flowers in dense heads summer into fall. Plant in full sun with good drainage and moderate water once established. Highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sunrise' orange hummingbird mint
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Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sunrise'

(orange hummingbird mint)

Evergreen perennial 2-3 ft. by 2-3 ft. tall and wide. Many spikes of soft orange tubular flowers over a long period, summer - fall. Best in full sun with moderate to regular water once established. Lovely lemon-scented foliage. Deer resistant.
Agastache  foeniculum  anise hyssop
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Agastache foeniculum

(anise hyssop)

Native to the upper Midwest and Great Plains of North America, this upright, clump forming perennial is a willing grower. Reaching 2 -4 ft. tall and wide with aromatic, anise-scented foliage. Terminal spikes of lavender-purple flowers mid to late summer are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Finches love their seeds. Has a long history of medicinal uses and as a seasoning and tea. Plant in full sun to light shade with decent drainage and regular watering. Deer resistant.
Agastache urticifolia  licorice mint
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Agastache urticifolia

(licorice mint)

Plant description coming soon.
Agoseris grandiflora  California dandelion
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Agoseris grandiflora

(California dandelion)

Plant description coming soon.

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Agrostis scabra


  Native to middle and high elevation forests and meadows throughout California, this small bunchgrass forms dense tufts of blue-green foliage about six inches high with airy inflorescences rising another eighteen inches.  Works well in a meadow planting or in a container.  Combine with other small perennials such as Grindelia and yarrow or plant in large masses to show off the delicate grass flowers.  Needs regular moisture and full sun to light shade.  Deer resistant.  
Allium unifolium 'Wayne Roderick' single leaf onion
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Allium unifolium 'Wayne Roderick'

(single leaf onion)

An adaptable and easy to grow native onion with handsome blue-green foliage. Late spring brings beautiful lavender-pink flowers on tall stems 6 - 8 inches tall. The flowers on this selection have a particularly appealing saturated color. Fairly water tolerant, often found on seasonally moist and heavy soils. Spreads vigorously. Goes dormant after bloom and will tolerate dry conditions at that time. Deer resistant. Named for internationally known bulb expert and native plant horticulturist, Wayne Roderick, who gave us this plant many years ago.
Alnus incana ssp. tenuifolia  mountain alder
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Alnus incana ssp. tenuifolia

(mountain alder)

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Alnus rhombifolia  white alder
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Alnus rhombifolia

(white alder)

From creeks and rivers throughout California, the white alder rapidly grows to become a large tree, reaching to 50 ft. or more at maturity. Serrated green leaves produce an excellent canopy above the straight, silvery-gray trunk. In winter, when the leaves have fallen, the ghostly branches make a striking silhouette with dangling catkins from the branch tips. An excellent plant for creek restoration where its aggressive roots help to stabilize banks. Keep away from irrigation pipes and foundations. Needs regular moisture and sun to light shade.
Alnus rubra  red alder
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Alnus rubra

(red alder)

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Amelanchier alnifolia  serviceberry
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Amelanchier alnifolia


A common native shrub or small multi-trunked tree often found growing along seasonal streams. Serviceberries provide a touch of autumn color at Annadel State Park where the leaves turn a lovely butterscotch yellow. The white spring flowers are followed by dark blue-purple fruits coveted by ring neck doves in the wild. Sun to partial shade. Moderate to infrequent water.
Amorpha californica v. napensis  false indigo
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Amorpha californica v. napensis

(false indigo)

A lovely and uncommon native shrub of the pea family, occasionally seen in woodland and chaparral communities in the coast ranges around the San Francisco Bay Area. Offering a delicate, airy quality, this deciduous shrub grows 2-6 ft. tall. Intricate flowers are closely set on slender spikes and are made up of a tiny intense indigo-purple petal with protruding bright orange stamens, charming on close inspection. This rare and threatened shrub is the larval food source for the California dogface butterfly, our state butterfly. Bees and butterflies nectar on the flowers as well. Best in lightly shaded areas with little to no summer water needed once established.
Anaphalis margaritacea  pearly everlasting
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Anaphalis margaritacea

(pearly everlasting)

An adaptable plant with shiny deep green leaves that are densely white and woolly beneath. The flowers appear in summer and are made up of pearly white papery bracts surrounding yellow centers. The “straw flowers” retain their shape and color and are often used in dried arrangements. Tolerant of almost any soil type, it prefers full sun where it will grow in moist to somewhat dry conditions. Can be invasive, perhaps best used in meadow plantings or other naturalistic settings. Grows 1 - 3 ft. tall and spreading. Attracts bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.
Anemone  deltoidea  western white anemone
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Anemone deltoidea

(western white anemone)

Rhizomatous perennial native to coniferous forests in the coastal mountains of Northern California through Washington. Forming low colonies, 6 inches or so tall with slender stems holding three leaflets. Simple, pure white flowers with a central shaft of anthers hold themselves just above the foliage. Spreads vigorously and best used with shrubs, ferns or other sturdy subjects.  Can romp over smaller perennials. Sweet addition to the woodland garden where it will grow in full to part shade with regular to a occasional summer watering. Good in containers too. Dies back to the ground in winter.  


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