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Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus 'San Bruno Mountain' snowberry
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Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus 'San Bruno Mountain'

(snowberry)

This attractive low-growing form of our native snowberry is a Cal Flora Nursery selection from San Bruno Mountain. Its dimensions are about 8 inches tall and spreading. Indeed the spreading nature of this plant is robust & it should be included in areas where that is an asset rather than a liability. The wiry arching branches hold light green rounded leaves & the effect of the new growth is delicate and appealing. Tiny pink urn-shaped flowers decorate the branch tips, followed by small white fruits. Perfect for a lightly shaded bank or the light shade of a tree where it will be very drought tolerant. With total drought it may go summer deciduous but occasional summer water will keep it looking fresh. The flowers attract bees and hummingbirds.              
Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus 'Tilden Park' snowberry
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Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus 'Tilden Park'

(snowberry)

Here is a particularly fine selection of the native snowberry, notable for its dependable crop of showy white berries on arching branches. A deciduous shrub, snowberry grows to about 4 ft. tall and spreads to form drifts. A good choice for a shady bank, woodland edge, or under oaks. Appreciates and responds to moisture, but once established will tolerate dry conditions. Fruit may be toxic to humans. Hummingbirds like the flowers. Berries are palatable to hermit thrush, Swainson’s thrush, robins and other birds. Also creates good cover for birds.

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Symphoricarpos mollis

(creeping snowberry)

Low growing, spreading groundcover, usually staying around a foot tall by 3-4 foot wide. Rounded blue-green leaves on arching stems makes an excellent low growing thicket which competes well with tree roots. An amenable plant, able to grow in full sun in coastal areas and different depths of shade elsewhere, even fairly deep shade. The tiny, pink, bell shaped flowers are attractive to bees and hummingbirds and the white fruits that follow are eaten by birds. Good for erosion control and does well under oaks. Offers excellent habitat value with its flowers and fruits and provides cover for ground nesting birds. Drought tolerant once established. Deer often leave it alone.    
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus  coralberry
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Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

(coralberry)

Coralberry is a dense bushy deciduous shrub native to the eastern U.S. Soft downy foliage makes an attractive leaf pattern growing 3 to 4 ft. tall and spreading. Tiny urn-shaped flowers are followed by unusual eye catching purplish-pink berries. Thrives with part shade and moisture, but NOT deep shade.
Tanacetum bipinnatum (camphoratum)  dune tansy
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Tanacetum bipinnatum (camphoratum)

(dune tansy)

Native to sand dunes from the Bay Area north, this shrubby evergreen groundcover spreads quickly to create drifts of soft fern-like foliage. Yellow, button-shaped flowers form small clusters atop stalks up to 2 ft. tall. Enjoys full sun to light shade. Tolerant of clay soils and excessive moisture but will thrive with only occasional water once established. Reducing irrigation can temper this tansy's somewhat aggressive nature.  Dune tansy has a strong scent of camphor and is valued for its medicinal uses. Beautiful when combined with ceanothus, Douglas iris and other plants from our coastal areas. Good for erosion control.
Tauschia kelloggii  umbrellawort
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Tauschia kelloggii

(umbrellawort)

Plant description coming soon.
Taxus brevifolia  Pacific yew
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Taxus brevifolia

(Pacific yew)

Plant description coming soon.
Tellima grandiflora  fringe cups
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Tellima grandiflora

(fringe cups)

Fringe cups is a sweet native perennial for the shade garden. Many small, urn-shaped flowers with tiny fringed petals open green and age to pink, line the slender flower stalks. These rise above the soft mounds of foliage 18 inches to 2 ft. Seeds about in a nice way. Tolerates dry shade. Deer resistant.
Teucrium chamaedrys  germander
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Teucrium chamaedrys

(germander)

Tough, neat looking evergreen shrublet-good for hot dry places. Excellent edging for herb gardens. Grows 1 ft. tall by 2 ft. wide. Dark green foliage topped with light magenta flowers in spikes. Shear after blooming. Deer seem to leave it alone. Bee favorite.
Teucrium cossonii (majoricum)  Majorcan teucrium
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Teucrium cossonii (majoricum)

(Majorcan teucrium)

A beautiful little shrublet that hugs the ground to 2 ft. or more wide. Narrow gray-green foiage is topped with dense clusters of rosy-lavender flowers, nearly the entire growing season. Requires decent drainage with moderate to occasional summer water once established. Great rock garden plant. Pollinator friendly and deer resistant.  
Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum' bush germander
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Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'

(bush germander)

Upright silver foliaged evergreen shrub with wonderful azure blue flowers most of the summer.  Good for sunny dry areas where they combine nicely with other drought tolerant plants such as lavenders, rock roses, Phlomis, etc. Grows to about 3 - 4 ft. tall and wide. Teucriums are bee favorites. Deer resistant.

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Teucrium fruticans - Cal Flora Form

(bush germander)

The silvery-white leaves and lavender-blue flowers of the bush germander make it a popular and sturdy choice for dificult situations where heat and drought make gardening dificult. This compact selection of bush germander only gets to about 5 ft. tall and wide. The flowers bloom almost year round and are a pollinator favorite. Plant in full sun to light shade with decent drainage. Responds well to shearing. Fire resistant. Dependably deer resistant.
Thalictrum fendleri v. polycarpum  meadow rue
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Thalictrum fendleri v. polycarpum

(meadow rue)

This native meadowrue has charm and adds a delicate, graceful quality to a woodland setting. Finely cut bluish-green foliage unfurls from purplish shoots. The tiny unisexual flowers are produced atop 2 - 4 ft. tall stalks on separate plants. The male flowers are showier with dangling cream-colored stamens; the females are clusters of greenish pistils. Useful in the woodland garden where it will thrive with some summer water or manage on winter rainfall. One way or the other it goes dormant in late summer where it can be allowed to go dry. Group several plants for best effect.
Thuja plicata  Western red cedar
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Thuja plicata

(Western red cedar)

This stately conifer with deep green, scale-like needles and cinnamon-red bark, makes its home on the northern coast of California all the way up to Alaska. A large tree over time, eventually reaching up to 90 ft. tall in the garden and higher in its native habitat. The needle-covered branches hang gracefully in fern-like cascades. Looks best when the branches are allowed to touch the ground when young, allowing its elegant conical shape to be fully utilized. One of the most shade tolerant of our native conifers, but will be happy in full sun, except in hot, interior climates. Needs moderate to occasional irrigation. Tolerates moist soil. One way to identify this species from the other native cedars is by the white butterfly shape on the back of the needles, created by stomatal bloom.
Thymus  'Pink Chintz' pink chintz thyme
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Thymus 'Pink Chintz'

(pink chintz thyme)

This aromatic, low growing, mat forming perennial, has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Merit. Creeping and cascading habit, the small green woolly leaves form a flat carpet a couple inches high by 18 inches wide. Mid spring brings a froth of tiny lavender-pink flowers highly attractive to pollinators. Excellent small scale ground cover for sun to very light shade and moderate to occasional summer watering. Useful between steeping stones or areas with occasional foot traffic. Drought and deer resistant.   

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Thymus necefferi

(juniper thyme)

An interesting and different thyme with gray needle-like leaves giving it an almost juniper-like appearance.  Grows perfectly flat and spreading a foot to 18 inches wide. Mauve-pink flowers top the fragrant foliage in late spring and are attractive to bees. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate to a little summer water.  Deer resistant.  
Thymus pseudolanuginosus  woolly thyme
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Thymus pseudolanuginosus

(woolly thyme)

A small scale ground cover forming a dense carpet of tiny, gray, woolly, aromatic leaves. Excellent to spill over a bank, in rock crevices or between stepping stones. This form of thyme rarely blooms or is very shy to bloom. Requires good drainage, full sun to light shade and moderate to occasional watering.  

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Thymus pseudolanuginosus 'Hall's Woolly'

(woolly thyme)

Admired in a friend’s garden where the low profusely blooming carpet would be a “buzz” with pollinators. Vigorous spreading groundcover of woolly gray leaves 2 - 3 inches tall by 3 ft. wide. Flowers heavily with a multitude of tiny lavender-pink flowers. Fabulous small scale groundcover spilling over a bank or raised bed. Sun to very light shade, moderate water. Deer resistant.
Thymus serpyllum 'Coccineus' red creeping thyme
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Thymus serpyllum 'Coccineus'

(red creeping thyme)

Low growing, mat forming perennial with small dark green aromatic leaves. Tiny reddish-pink flowers cover this ground cover in late spring and are bee favorites. Easy to grow in full sun with dryish conditions to moderate watering. Useful as a small scale ground cover, rock garden plant or between stepping stones. Deer resistant.
Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' creeping thyme
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Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'

(creeping thyme)

A very cute miniature thyme growing really low, tight and dense, hugging the ground with tiny aromatic grayish-green foliage. Soft pink flower clusters barely rise above the flat mat. Grow in full sun to a little shade in well-drained soils with moderate summer water. Great in containers too.
Tiarella trifoliata v. unifoliata  sugarscoop, foamflower
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Tiarella trifoliata v. unifoliata

(sugarscoop, foamflower)

The native sugar-scoop makes an attractive groundcover in a shady spot with some moisture. Blooms in early summer with spikes of little white stars; seed pods are shaped like little scoops. Removing spent flower stalks often prompts reblooming. Native to the dark and damp forest floor of northern California. A sweet addition to the woodland garden where there is summer moisture.
Tolmiea menziesii  piggyback plant
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Tolmiea menziesii

(piggyback plant)

This western native of house plant fame, makes an attractive addition to the woodland garden. Lush looking, deep green leaves produce new plantlets at the junction of the leaf stalk and blade giving it its common name of piggyback plant. Tiny reddish-brown flowers are produced on 1 ft. stems are interesting though not terribly showy. Looks great as a small scale ground cover, in walls or containers. Needs filtered light and regular moisture.
Tolmiea menziesii 'Cool Gold' golden piggy-back plant
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Tolmiea menziesii 'Cool Gold'

(golden piggy-back plant)

Plant description coming soon.
Tolmiea menziesii 'Taff's Gold' golden piggy-back plant
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Tolmiea menziesii 'Taff's Gold'

(golden piggy-back plant)

An excellent foliage plant for shady spaces, this selection of the native piggy-back plant can light up a dark spot with its gold-speckled foliage. Tiny maroon flowers on slender stalks in spring are interesting though not super showy. The foliage doesn't reach more than a foot high with the flower stalks rising up to 2 ft. This plant has an unusual method of reproduction. New plants grow from the center of the scalloped leaves, hence the common names "piggy-back plant" and "youth on age". Needs shade with regular moisture. Tolerates root competition, making it a great plant for under redwoods. Wonderful in containers too.
Torreya californica  California nutmeg
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Torreya californica

(California nutmeg)

Rarely seen in cultivation, this unusual conifer is endemic to California. Found in the coast ranges and foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where it is scattered here and there, usually in cool habitats of canyons and steep ravines. Growing at a leisurely pace 15 to 40 ft. tall with dark- green, stiff, rather broad needles. Male and female flowers occur on separate trees, with cream colored pollen cones on the males and unusual plum-like fruits on the females, which become purplish with age. Does well in part shade with moderate to little watering.  Useful as a specimen tree or pruned into a hedge. An excellent container plant too.  

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