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Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium  Oregon grape
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Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium

(Oregon grape)

This attractive, western native evergreen has a long history in cultivation for good reason. Erect stems rise 5 foot or more tall, spreading slowly by underground rhizomes to form dense clumps. Bronzy-red new growth gives way to dark-green, glossy leaves with spiny margins that are prickly to the touch. Cold winters can darken the foliage with purple-red tones. Late spring brings clusters of bright yellow, sweetly scented flowers.  Edible blue-black fruits follow and are pretty and tasty.  A useful and adaptable shrub in a hedge or a shrubby border. Takes full sun to part shade. Performs best with some afternoon shade in hot areas and moderate to infrequent water. A great habitat plant which provides cover, nectar rich flowers and fruits relished by all. Deer resistant.  
Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium var. repens  creeping Oregon grape
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Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium var. repens

(creeping Oregon grape)

This little cousin of the much larger Oregon grape only gets 1 - 3 ft. tall and spreads underground to create dense, evergreen drifts. The divided leaves have a matte finish with a grey-green color which turns purple-red with frost. Clusters of bright yellow flowers open in spring and are followed by deep blue "grapes" much loved by birds. The sweet-scented flowers are enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Provide full sun to shade and moderate to infrequent irrigation. Deer resistant.  
Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa  longleaf mahonia
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Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa

(longleaf mahonia)

A handsome species with especially long, leathery, evergreen leaves. Grows to around 2 ft. tall (sometimes more) and spreads by underground stems. Yellow flowers in spring are born in upright clusters, followed by blue berries. Great woodland groundcover for full or partial shade with occasional to regular summer water. Deer resistant. Fruits eaten by robins, finches and towhees. The flowers have nectar for hummingbirds and bees.
Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa var. mendocinoensis  Mendocino longleaf mahonia
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Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa var. mendocinoensis

(Mendocino longleaf mahonia)

The rare Mendocino longleaf mahonia comes from moist coniferous forests around Fort Bragg. Differs from the more diminutive longleaf mahonia in its unusual size: growing slowly to 5 ft tall or more and spreading to form narrow colonies. The pointed, leathery, deep green leaves, bronzy orange when young, provide a striking contrast to the bright yellow flower clusters produced in the spring. Attractive deep purple berries are a food source for birds. Needs shade and moderate moisture. Deer resistant.
Berberis (Mahonia) nevinii  Nevin's barberry
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Berberis (Mahonia) nevinii

(Nevin's barberry)

Nevin's barberry is a very rare southern California shrub with rigidly arching stems densely clothed in pointy silver gray leaflets. Heavy blooming with clear yellow flowers followed by heavy fruiting with bright red translucent fruit. 8 ft. by 8 ft. Does well in sunny well drained locations in the Bay Area. Great companion to matilija poppy and Salvia clevelandii. Very drought tolerant but best with occasional water. Deer resistant.
Berberis (Mahonia) pinnata 'Ken Hartman' shiny leaf mahonia
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Berberis (Mahonia) pinnata 'Ken Hartman'

(shiny leaf mahonia)

Similar to Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) but leaves are more crinkly and spiny. New growth often shows lots of red and orange. Grows upright to 6 ft. or more, particularly in ideal coastal sites. Handles drought better than the Oregon grape. Tolerates sun to shade. Best with a little shade in hot areas. Fruits eaten by robins, finches and towhees. The flowers have nectar for hummingbirds and bees. Deer resistant.
Bidens ferulifolia  gold carpet bur marigold
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Bidens ferulifolia

(gold carpet bur marigold)

Vigorous and long blooming carefree plant native to Southwest U.S. In frost free areas will bloom nearly year round. A great performer in colder regions too, where it can be treated as an annual or tender perennial. Provides a full summers worth of golden yellow daisies over finely dissected dark green foliage. Forms a compact mat under a foot tall by 18 inches wide. Plant in full sun with moderate summer water. Cut back occasionally to renew. May reseed. Excellent pollen and nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. Deer resistant.  
Blechnum spicant  deer fern
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Blechnum spicant

(deer fern)

A beautiful and charming fern native to moist coastal forests of northern California. Deep green glossy, narrow fronds are of two strikingly different forms. The outer skirt of fronds is evergreen. The central "fertile" fronds are stiffly erect and airy. It makes for a striking effect. Grows 18" to 2 ft. tall and wide. Best with partial shade to shade and regular moisture.
Bouteloua gracilis  eye lash grass
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Bouteloua gracilis

(eye lash grass)

Here’s a wonderful grass - an important species of the original North American shortgrass prairie. In California it occurs in desert regions. Fine textured light green-gray foliage topped with interesting flowers 8 - 24” tall. The flowers are attached to the stem at right angles and resemble tiny combs. The whole plant turns purple with frost then fades to blonde. Use in mass or as a specimen in rock garden or containers. Often suggested for a mowed or unmowed lawn where it tolerates extreme cold, heat, drought and foot traffic. Deer resistant.
Bouteloua  gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' eye lash grass
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Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

(eye lash grass)

An exceptionally robust selection of grama grass, with 2-1/2 to 3 ft. tall flowering stems above the narrow grey-green tufts of foliage, forming clumps up to 3 ft. wide. The curious flowers look like tiny brushes on tall stems, start out chartreuse aging to blonde. They are persistent and will hold on through winter providing many months of ornamental interest. Retains some green foliage in winter in mild areas, goes winter dormant in hot inland situations. Native to the North American shortgrass prairie, this is a rugged species enduring heat, drought, cold, a wide range of soil types and even foot traffic. An excellent water conserving grass for full sun. Deer resistant.

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Bouteloua gracilis 'Pestanas de Angeles'

(eye lash grass)

Long lived, warm season, perennial grass, native to North America. The selection ‘Pestanas de Angeles’ is from San Bernardino County in Southern California. Fine textured, grey-green blades about 6 inches tall. Intriguing flower heads look like little flags or eye lashes on wiry stems under a foot tall. Tolerant of heat, drought and poor soils, this grass is at home in the arid west. Plant in full sun where it will be drought tolerant once established. Blades go dormant in the winter. Excellent in rock gardens, with succulents or as a meadow subject. Good cut flower. Deer resistant. 
Boykinia  occidentalis  brook saxifrage
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Boykinia occidentalis

(brook saxifrage)

Clusters of dainty white flowers and glossy dark green leaves make the brook saxifrage a wonderful addition to the moist shade garden. Flowers open in the spring on arching stems up to a foot tall. May continue to bloom into autumn. The round, serrated leaves form low mounds up to 2 feet wide. Tolerates heavy soil and may seed around.  Will grow in part to heavy shade. Needs regular moisture.
Brodiaea elegans  harvest brodiaea
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Brodiaea elegans

(harvest brodiaea)

From grassy meadows and open woodlands comes this drought tolerant and colorful wildflower. Open clusters of dainty violet flowers sit atop stems reaching up from 4 to 16 inches in height. Plant in full sun to bright shade and provide decent drainage. As the name suggests, the harvest Brodiaea is the latest blooming of the Brodiaeas, sometimes not flowering until the end of summer after the grass-like leaves have gone dormant. It spreads rapidly but not invasively to form broad drifts. After blooming, this bulb will sleep until the return of winter rains. Do not irrigate. An excellent candidate for the rock garden where it's graceful form will contrast wonderfully with the rigid stone.

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Bupleurum fruticosum

(shrubby hare's ear)

Handsome evergreen shrub from Southern Europe with leathery blue- green foliage growing 4-6 ft. tall and wide. Long lasting, airy umbels of greenish-yellow flowers decorate the branch tips in late spring-early summer. An excellent addition to habitat gardens where the flowers are highly attractive to a number of predatory insects that feed on aphids and other garden pests. Useful shrub as a specimen, border plant, or screen where it grows in sun to light shade with moderate to low water needs. Amenable to pruning.Deer resistant.
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass
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Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

(feather reed grass)

Feather reed grass is a beautiful, flowering ornamental grass valued for its wonderful vertical form and showy flower spikes. Deep green blades are 2 - 3 ft. tall; slender flower stalks rise 2 - 3 ft. above foliage. Looks wonderful as a specimen or in mass. Best in sun with moderate water. Deer resistant.
Calamagrostis foliosa  Cape Mendocino reed grass
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Calamagrostis foliosa

(Cape Mendocino reed grass)

A beautiful native grass offering a very useful size and form for the landscape. Growing one foot tall by 18 inches wide with beautiful arching mounds of blue-grey blades often highlighted with purple tones. Spring brings flower spikes on arching stems with tight silvery- purple heads that turn tawny with age. A natural for coastal climates with good drainage and moderate to occasional watering, where it will tolerate wind and salt spray.  In warmer interior sites it requires some shade and additional water.  Excellent as a specimen or in mass, in a rock garden, perennial border, meadow,  woodland margin or slope.  Deer resistant.

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Calamagrostis koelerioides

(tufted pine grass)

An uncommon but widely distributed mid-sized native grass appearing in meadows and on rocky ridges throughout California.  The soft green leaves reach a height of up to 2 ft. tall and will slowly spread to create a small clump.  Narrow, feathery grass flowers reach 2 - 3 ft. high in summer and age to a pale tan color.  Since this grass is new to us and we don't know of any other nurseries who have grown it we are uncertain of it's requirements.  Based on this species' habitat in nature, we would recommend providing it full sun to light shade and moderate to infrequent irrigation with excellent drainage.  Deer resistant.  
Calamagrostis nutkaensis  Pacific reed grass
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Calamagrostis nutkaensis

(Pacific reed grass)

A large handsome bunch grass from the coastal regions of Monterey County to Alaska that forms huge tussocks in open moist meadows and on coastal bluffs. It can also be found as an understory at the edges of coniferous forests. Wide green blades grow 2 - 3 ft. tall with flowering culms to 4 ft. Good background or accent plant for the woodland or meadow. Will take full sun in somewhat cooler areas. Best with some summer water and partial shade inland. Deer resistant.
Calamagrostis nutkaensis 'The King' Pacific reed grass
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Calamagrostis nutkaensis 'The King'

(Pacific reed grass)

Large, handsome, evergreen native bunch grass selected by Roger Raiche in the King Range on the North Coast. Big bold deep green foliage and robust form 3 - 4 ft. tall and wide. Flower stalks rise a foot or two above the foliage. Good background or accent for woodland or partly shaded meadow. Will take full sun in somewhat cooler areas. Best with some summer water. Deer resistant.
Calamagrostis ophitidis  serpentine reed grass
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Calamagrostis ophitidis

(serpentine reed grass)

This handsome native bunchgrass deserves special attention for its tidy, upright form and sturdy character. A rare and threatened species from serpentine areas along our central coast, serpentine reed grass performs well in full sun but may need afternoon shade in hot, inland locations. The leaves reach a height of between one and two feet with flower spikes rising up to three feet tall. Does best with decent drainage and moderate summer water. Deer resistant.
Calamagrostis rubescens  pine grass
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Calamagrostis rubescens

(pine grass)

Native to wooded areas throughout the West, this slowly spreading grass forms dense drifts excellent for naturalizing in bright shade. The foliage reaches a height of about 12 inches with narrow inflorescences rising another 12 inches or so. While drought tolerant, it enjoys an occasional watering. Works well under oaks.  Deer resistant.

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Calamagrostis stricta ssp. inexpansa

(slipstem reed grass)

  Attractive apple-green leaves and a tidy appearance make this mid-sized reed grass very useful for the native garden.  The broad leaves reach a height and width of about 2ft. with inflorescences rising another foot.  Plant in full sun to light shade and water regularly.  Very rare in Sonoma County and uncommon throughout Northern California.  Deer resistant.  
Calamintha nepetoides  calamint
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Calamintha nepetoides

(calamint)

 A pretty little mint relative, forming a rounded shrublet of shiny bright green foliage to around 1’ tall. Covered with hundreds of tiny pale blue - nearly white blossoms over a long period in summer. Good for full sun to light shade with moderate watering. Bee magnet. Deer resistant.
Callistemon sieberi  river bottlebrush
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Callistemon sieberi

(river bottlebrush)

Native to Australia where it grows in creek beds, this evergreen shrub is tolerant of both wet and dry conditions.Forms a fountain-like shrub with narrow leaves 6 ft. or so tall and wide. Creamy-yellow bottle-brush like flowers in the spring and are attractive to hummingbirds. Can develop an interesting twisting habit with time. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional water. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.  
Calocedrus decurrens  incense cedar
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Calocedrus decurrens

(incense cedar)

Cinnamon colored bark and a distinctly conical form distinguish this lovely conifer known for its appealing woodsy scent. Bright green, scale-like leaves drape from the ends of branches in dense clusters with small, flattened cones.Native to rocky areas throughout California. Slowly grows to become a large tree not suitable for a small garden. Requires decent drainage and occasional deep waterings when young. Enjoys full to part sun.Striking when planted as a single specimen or when combined with broadleaved trees such as maples and oaks. Deer resistant.

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