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Lasthenia californica ssp. macrantha

(perennial goldfields)

Native along the immediate coast of California and just into Oregon, where it forms low, tight mounds of deep green succulent foliage. Cheerful, bright yellow daisies bloom over a long period. Best in full sun with some sumer water and good drainage. Long blooming, open faced flowers are excellent sources of nectar and pollen for butterflies, bees and other pollinators.  
Lathyrus vestitus  hillside pea, Pacific pea
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Lathyrus vestitus

(hillside pea, Pacific pea)

From woodland to chaparral throughout much of the California coast ranges comes this charming sweet peat relative. Clusters of dainty flowers ranging in color from white to pink and lavender grace this evergreen vine in the spring, followed by clusters of small peapods. Plant along a fence or amongst shrubs where it will climb up to 8 ft. tall and wide. Provide light shade inland but will tolerate full sun near the coast. Drought tolerant once established but will also accept occasional irrigation. This vine is a host plant to the silvery blue butterfly and the arrowhead blue butterfly.
Laurus nobilis  Grecian laurel
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Laurus nobilis

(Grecian laurel)

This is the traditional bay leaf used in cooking. Naturally grows as a broad-based shrub, 12 - 40 ft. but takes well to training. The dense, evergreen habit makes for a good large background shrub, screen or small tree. A good candidate for topiary shapes and works well in containers too. Little yellow flowers enjoyed by bees appear in April followed often by 3/4” dark berries. Full sun to partial shade with decent drainage. Little water needed once established. Deer resistant.  
Lavandula   'Goodwin Creek Grey' lavender
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Lavandula 'Goodwin Creek Grey'

(lavender)

This cultivar is a cross between French lavender and wooly lavender, from Goodwin Creek Gardens in Williams, Oregon. Forms a dense, compact silver-gray shrub, 2 -3 ft. tall and wide. Blooms over a long period with rich, blue-lavender flowers. Lavenders are sun loving, drought tolerant shrubs, requiring good drainage and occasional summer watering. A bee favorite, especially honey and bumble bees. Butterflies and hummingbirds visit the flowers too.  Deer resistant.   

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Lavandula 'Lisa Marie'

(dwarf lavender)

A really nice dwarf lavender hybridized and introduced by Ken Montgomery of Anderson Valley Nursery. Silver, downy foliage on a compact plant 18 inches tall by 2 ft. wide. Flowers are blue-violet and attract a wide array of pollinators. A tough little shrub for sunny areas with decent drainage and occasional summer water. Drought and deer tolerant.
Lavandula angustifolia  English lavender
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Lavandula angustifolia

(English lavender)

The traditional lavender of perfumes and sachets. Good landscaping plant for sunny dry areas with good drainage. Forms a rounded gray shrub topped with long wands of fragrant lavender flowers. 3 - 4 ft. tall. A native of southern France, despite its name. Lavenders are loved by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

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Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Blue'

(dwarf English lavender)

A strain of the popular 'Hidcote' English lavender, which sports compact foliage and intense, velvety, dark lavender-blue flowers. The fragrant grey foliage forms a chubby shrub 12 - 18 inches tall by 2 ft. wide. The sweetly fragrant flowers bloom in late spring to early summer and are highly attractive to pollinators. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy this plant but deer do NOT. Plant in sunny areas with good soil drainage, where it will be drought tolerant once established.
Lavandula  angustifolia 'Hidcote' dwarf English lavender
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Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

(dwarf English lavender)

This dwarf lavender forms a chubby shrublet of grey, fragrant foliage 12 - 18 inches tall and wide. Spring and summer bring short flower spikes of rich violet-blue flowers that are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun with good drainage and occasional water. Deer resistant.

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Lavandula stoechas 'Silver Anouk'

(spanish lavender)

Developed in the Netherlands, this spanish lavender selection offers outstanding silver-grey foliage. Abundant deep-purple flower spikes topped with large violet petals, contrasts beautifully with the bright silver foliage. Growing about 2 ft. tall and wide, this fragrant evergreen likes full sun and is drought tolerant once established. Attracts bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.  
Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' lavender
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Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'

(lavender)

This variety of lavender is planted widely in Europe for commercial harvest of the fragrant flowers. Forms a compact shrub of grey foliage, 2-1/2 ft. tall and wide, topped with long wands of violet-blue flowers in summer. Lavenders require conditions similar to rosemary, well drained soil and full sun to very light shade. Once established they are drought tolerant requiring occasional water. Very drought tolerant along the coast. The flowers are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  Deer resisitant.
Lavandula  x intermedia 'Provence' lavender
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Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'

(lavender)

A very popular lavender variety which forms a rounded mound of gray-green foliage. The slender, fragrant, lavender-blue flowers appear in spring and summer on long, graceful stems. Grows 3 -  3 1/2 ft. tall. Lavenders are sun loving, drought tolerant shrubs, requiring good drainage and occasional summer watering. A bee favorite, especially honey and bumble bees. Butterflies and hummingbirds visit the flowers too. Deer resistant.
Lavatera  assurgentiflora  Island mallow, malva rose
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Lavatera assurgentiflora

(Island mallow, malva rose)

Light green, maple-like leaves with showy, rose-pink flowers with dark veination bloom over a long period from spring to fall. Native to the Channel Islands, this fast growing shrub will grow 10 ft. tall or more. Useful as a drought tolerant, wind resistant, fast growing screen or hedgerow plant, at its best in coastal environments. Inland needs some protection and periodic summer water. Pruning helps maintain a nice habit. Probably best in naturalistic garden designs. A favorite nectar source of orioles.
Layia platygosa  tidy tips
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Layia platygosa

(tidy tips)

Easy to grow native ANNUAL for open sunny areas. Wide distribution, from the coast to inland valleys, Mendocino County to Baja. Foliage grows 6-12 inches tall in lean soils and taller with more fertility. Cheerful, one inch, lemon-yellow daisies with pure white tipped petals entice bees and butterflies. Birds love the seeds. A knock out mixed with blues and purples of lupines or baby blue eyes. Does not need water once established.

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Lepechinia calycina

(pitcher sage)

A super fragrant sage relative with a wide distribution in California’s coastal ranges. White to pale pink or lavender, open-mouthed, tubular flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Fuzzy, grey leaves clothe the plant all year but less densely in the winter. Can grow 2 - 4 ft. tall and wide with a rather lank form which can be improved with regular pinching. A fast growing perennial for sunny to lightly shaded areas with good drainage. Very drought tolerant once established. Attracts hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Lepechinia calycina 'Rocky Point' pitcher sage
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Lepechinia calycina 'Rocky Point'

(pitcher sage)

An excellent form of a native pitcher sage selected by Tilden Botanic Garden. Features a more compact habit, growing 2 ft. or so tall by 4 ft. or so wide. Pale lavender, tubular flowers appear in spring and summer, drawing hummingbirds into the garden. The fragrant, felted foliage is basically evergreen but is less dense in the winter. Plant in full sun to very light shade and provide good drainage. Very drought tolerant once established and deer resistant.
Lepechinia fragrans 'El Tigre' fragrant pitcher sage
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Lepechinia fragrans 'El Tigre'

(fragrant pitcher sage)

A wonderful addition to the dry garden, this fragrant pitcher sage is native to the Channel Islands off of California but is quite happy in Sonoma County gardens. Forms a shrub 4 - 5 ft. tall, with soft lavender flowers in the spring are adored by hummingbirds and bees. Plant in full sun on the coast, but provide partial shade inland. Needs good drainage and is drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.

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Lepechinia hastata

(pitcher sage)

A bold and beautiful sage relative which grows 4’-6’ tall and slowly spreads to form a small thicket. Large, fragrant, grey-green leaves are an excellent foil to the reddish-purple flowers which appear on branch tips in summer and early fall. Great in the flower border or out in the “wild” part of the garden. Easy and tough. Full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional water. Looks best when cut to the ground after blooming is done. Attractive to hummingbirds. Deer don’t seem to eat it.

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Lessingia (Corethrogyne) filaginifolia

(common sandaster)

This California native perennial often hugs the ground, spreading widely, it threads its silvery foliage decoratively among other plants. Bright lavender, yellow centered aster-like flowers give a summer long season of bloom. Provide full sun to light shade, some summer water and reasonable drainage. A nectar and larval food source for butterflies. Deer resistant.
Lessingia (Corethrogyne) filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet' common sandaster
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Lessingia (Corethrogyne) filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet'

(common sandaster)

A variable species, this selection hails from the Big Sur Coast and was discovered by Carol Bornstein. Forms an attractive ground hugging mat 4 ft. or more wide. The gorgeous silver foliage is the perfect foil for the 1 inch lavender-pink daisies with yellow centers. Tolerates a wide range of conditions including full sun to light shade, drought and wind. Useful groundcover, meadow plant or spiller where its flowers are enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Best with some summer water inland. Deer resistant.
Leucophyllum langmaniae 'Lowrey's Legacy' cenizo, Texas sage, Texas ranger
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Leucophyllum langmaniae 'Lowrey's Legacy'

(cenizo, Texas sage, Texas ranger)

A particularly fine selection of Cenizo, selected by renown Texas plantsman, Lynn Lowrey, from a native population outside Monterrey, Mexico. Chosen for its compact, rounded form and abundant azalea-like, lilac-blue flowers, giving it the nickname ‘Lynn’s Ever-blooming’. Grows slowly, 4 to 5 feet tall and wide, with lush green foliage and spectacular floral displays summer through fall, which hummingbirds adore. Prefers full sun and requires good drainage for an easy-care shrub that is wind, heat and drought tolerant. Hardy to 10 degrees. Deer resistant.
Lewisia cotyledon  cliff maids
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Lewisia cotyledon

(cliff maids)

Named for Meriwether Lewis, this attractive succulent is native to higher elevations in Northern California and Southern Oregon, typically granite outcrops. The flowers which usually emerge in spring and summer, can range in color from yellow to orange to pink to red. These frost hardy plants form evergreen rosettes, approx. 8 - 10” tall by a foot or so wide. Lewisias need very good, sharp drainage, are heavy feeders, and love a granite rock mulch. They like to be grown sideways, in rock walls, where their crown can drain any moisture away. Plant somewhat high in a fast draining mix and feed every now and then. Morning sun, afternoon shade is best inland. Water as you would any succulent, sparingly, and keep the crown high and dry.

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Lewisia longipetala 'Little Raspberry'

(Truckee lewisia)

The parent of this strain of Lewisias is found in rocky outcroppings of the Sierra Nevada Mts. Forms low, fleshy rosettes of tough evergreen leaves. Raspberry-red flowers bloom on short stems above the leathery foliage in the spring into summer and often again in the autumn. Requires good sharp drainage and rock mulch, but appreciates partial shade in hot summer areas. Perfect for rock walls, rock garden, containers and troughs. Water as you would any succulent, sparingly, and keep crown high and dry. This is not the plant for your perennial border, but it is easy to make happy in containers.
Ligusticum apiifolium  celeryleaf licorice root
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Ligusticum apiifolium

(celeryleaf licorice root)

We love members of the carrot family, with their flat-topped clusters of star-like flowers and excellent habitat value. This species is no exception, though it is rarely grown in nurseries. In spring the clear-white flowers appear in delicate umbels on slender stalks 2 - 4 ft. high. The ferny, bright-green foliage stays close to the ground, rarely reaching more than a foot tall. Occurs in the Coast Range from the San Francisco Bay Area northwards. You may find this species in full sun near the coast or in bright woodlands further inland. Needs decent drainage and occasional to infrequent summer water. 

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Lilium humboldtii ssp. humboldtii

(Humboldt lily)

From the mountains of northern California comes this dramatic, drought tolerant lily, reaching upwards of 10 feet tall in its native habitat of chaparral and open forest. Lowland gardeners can expect a height of 6 feet or so. Large, orange flowers with magenta spots form many stately tiers around the robust stalks with lance-shaped leaves climbing up the base in tidy whorls. Give this rare lily excellent drainage and withhold summer water. Plant in dappled shade.  
Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum  spotted Humboldt lily
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Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum

(spotted Humboldt lily)

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Lilium pardalinum  leopard lily
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Lilium pardalinum

(leopard lily)

An elegant and beautiful native from moist places and along stream banks in many plant communities from southern Oregon to southern California. A reliable species easily growing 4 ft. tall or more, slowly increasing its width over time. The Turk’s cap style flowers bloom in summer and are orange with red tips and maroon spots. Dies back to the ground in winter. Prefers fertile, well drained soils. Where summers are cool you can plant in full sun. Elsewhere plant in filtered sun, light shade or afternoon shade. Requires moderate summer water.
Lilium  pardalinum 'Giganteum' giant leopard lily
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Lilium pardalinum 'Giganteum'

(giant leopard lily)

A towering lily reaching up to 7 feet tall with orange and crimson flowers 3 to 4 inches wide. Who can resist that! Believed to have been discovered along the Van Duzen River in Northern California and thought to be a natural cross between L. humboldtii and L. pardalinum. The large stalks are crowned in summer by layers of flowers up to 30 in number with whorls of large leaves ascending up the base. Forms colonies over time to dramatic effect. Plant in full sun near the coast but protect from the hot afternoon sun, inland. Needs moderate water but is intolerant of soggy soils. Tolerates drier soil than the typical leopard lily.          
Lilium  pardalinum (Gualala River)  leopard lily
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Lilium pardalinum (Gualala River)

(leopard lily)

The leopard lily is highly prized among plant collectors for its tall slender stalks with bright orange and crimson flowers peppered with maroon spots. This selection was discovered along the Gualala River by Roger Warner and features stupendously large flowers 4 – 5 inches wide. At maturity, one stalk can display more than a dozen flowers. The leaves are bright green and lanceolate, forming whorls around the stalk. These bulb-like plants emerge in early spring, bloom in summer and then go dormant in the autumn. Plant in brightly dappled shade. Provide decent drainage and moderate water. May tolerate infrequent irrigation once established but won’t bloom as vigorously.
Lilium pardalinum ssp. pitkinense  Pitkin lily
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Lilium pardalinum ssp. pitkinense

(Pitkin lily)

This is the local rare subspecies of the leopard lily, threatened by habitat loss, grazing, competition with Himalayan blackberries, and collecting. Ours are responsibly grown by scale division from seed grown parent plants. A beautiful turks cap lily with intense orange-red reflexed petals revealing maroon spots. Needs moisture until it's through flowering and protection from gophers. Bright shade or morning sun with afternoon shade is best. This species attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Limnanthes douglasii   meadowfoam
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Limnanthes douglasii

(meadowfoam)

California native ANNUAL occurring in grasslands and vernal pools throughout California. Low growing, shiny green foliage is topped with a profusion of sweetly fragrant, cup shaped, bright yellow blossoms with white tips. An excellent choice for low, winter wet areas, drainage swales, retention basins or seasonally dry stream beds. Thrives in heavy soils where it often naturalizes. Plant in full sun to part shade with regular water through the growing season. Fabulous container plant too. Meadowfoam is excellent for encouraging native pollinators, bees and butterflies.
Limnanthes douglasii ssp. nivea  snowy meadowfoam
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Limnanthes douglasii ssp. nivea

(snowy meadowfoam)

California native ANNUAL occurring in grasslands and vernal pools throughout California. Low growing foliage is topped with a profusion of sweetly fragrant, small white flowers with purple-pink veins on the petals. An excellent choice for low, winter wet areas, drainage swales, retention basins or seasonally dry streambeds. Thrives in heavy soils where it often naturalizes. Plant in full sun to part shade with regular water through the growing season. Good in containers too. Native wildflowers are excellent for encouraging native pollinators.
Limnanthes douglasii ssp. sulphurea  Point Reyes meadowfoam
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Limnanthes douglasii ssp. sulphurea

(Point Reyes meadowfoam)

Pure yellow flowering form of meadowfoam, rare in the wild but easy to grow in the garden. This native ANNUAL favors seasonally moist areas in full sun. Low growing foliage is topped with a profusion of pure yellow, cup-shaped, fragrant flowers. Useful in low areas, drainage swales, retention basins or seasonally dry stream beds. Thrives in heavy, water retentive soils. Wonderful in containers too. Meadowfoam is excellent for encouraging pollinators and other beneficial insects.
Limonium  californicum  sea lavender
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Limonium californicum

(sea lavender)

Native to coastal areas throughout much of the state, this beautiful statice relative produces clusters of small, lavender-purple flowers on slender stalks up to 18 inches tall. Low rosettes of semi-succulent, dark green leaves provide an excellent contrast to the airy inflorescences. Plant this marsh native in full sun with regular to moderate water. Thrives in wet conditions with poor drainage. Excellent for bees and butterflies. Makes a wonderful dried flower.
Linum lewisii  Western blue flax
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Linum lewisii

(Western blue flax)

A profusion of sky-blue, five petaled, shallowly cupped blossoms flower in late spring and into summer. Growing 12 to 18 inches tall with slender stems and narrow leaves. Can be short lived but often reseeds. A lovely filler, whose true blue flower color seems to go with everything, and the fine foliage contrasts nicely with a variety of leaf colors and shapes. Plant in full sun with moderate to infrequent summer water. Deer resistant.
Lobelia cardinalis  cardinal flower
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Lobelia cardinalis

(cardinal flower)

Cardinal flower is native to wet places throughout much of North America. A hummingbird favorite with show stopping, intense scarlet-red tubular flowers on erect terminal spikes in late summer. Growing 2 - 3 ft. tall by 2 ft. wide, this clump-forming perennial has dark green, serrated leaves. Tends to be rather short lived, but is a strong re-seeder. Prefers areas with constant moisture and cool sun to part shade, affective in moist areas of woodland gardens, meadows, pond edges, and rain gardens. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, but is resistant to deer browse.
Lobelia dunnii var. serrata  blue lobelia
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Lobelia dunnii var. serrata

(blue lobelia)

Water loving perennial native to creek sides and other wet places in Southern California. Growing one foot tall and spreading vigorously by rhizomes with clusters of soft blue, one inch flowers in summer. Best with regular water and part shade. A perfect addition for a shady water feature, moist meadow or container planting. The flowers are highly attractive to butterflies of all sorts and are visited by hummingbirds. Winter dormant. Deer resistant.
Lomatium californicum  California lomatium
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Lomatium californicum

(California lomatium)

Native to lightly shaded banks or brushy slopes, this interesting native forms clumps of beautiful, ferny, blue-green leaves. The foliage has a pungent celery flavor and grows 1 ft. or so tall. The yellow-green flowers form broad umbels that reach up to 3 ft. high. Good for brightly lit woodlands that go summer dry. Plant with Heucheras, California fescue and Iris. A larval food source for the Anise Swallowtail butterfly.
Lomatium dasycarpum  lace parsnip
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Lomatium dasycarpum

(lace parsnip)

Native to chaparral, grassland and open woodland throughout much of California, this dainty little member of the carrot family produces flat-topped clusters of fuzzy flowers, yellow in bud and creamy-white when open. The fern-like leaves are gray-green and hairy. Blooms in early spring. A larval food source for the Anise Swallowtail butterfly. Needs well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. Do not water once established. Summer dormant.
Lomatium utriculatum  common lomatium
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Lomatium utriculatum

(common lomatium)

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Lonicera ciliosa  western trumpet honeysuckle
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Lonicera ciliosa

(western trumpet honeysuckle)

Native to north slopes, creeks and river banks from very northern California to British Columbia and Montana. Lovely blue-green, oval-shaped leaves on rapidly growing woody stems will clamber up any support it can find. Terminal flower clusters with narrow, trumpet-shaped, orange flowers are adored by hummingbirds. Red translucent fruits follow that are relished by birds. Plant in cool sun to moderate shade with regular water. Possibly deer resistant.
Lonicera hispidula  California honeysuckle, hairy honeysuckle
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Lonicera hispidula

(California honeysuckle, hairy honeysuckle)

This native honeysuckle is often seen climbing over shrubs on the edge of woodlands where its roots are shaded and its foliage is sun drenched. The trumpet-shaped flowers range in color from rosy-pink to pink and white and feature prominent yellow stamens emerging from their mouths. They form clusters which decorate the tips of the vining branches and are attractive to bees and hummingbirds. The high point is the drooping clusters of luminous red berries in late summer which are beautiful to behold and provide a feast for birds, especially orioles. A drought tolerant vine but would appreciate occasional deep summer watering. Considered by some to be deer resistant.
Lonicera involucrata  twinberry
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Lonicera involucrata

(twinberry)

An interesting native shrub that grows along streams and other moist places. The tubular, red and yellow flowers are borne in pairs on bright red bracts and are hummingbird favorites. Two black shiny fruits follow the flower and are very showy set against the red bracts, making them attractive to birds. Reaches 6 - 10 ft. tall and wide, this neatly branched shrub loses its leaves in the winter. A great addition to the habitat garden in full sun to light shade with regular to occasional deep summer water. Orioles love the fruits. Needs afternoon shade in hot, inland areas. Deer resistant.
Lonicera sempervirens  coral honeysuckle
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Lonicera sempervirens

(coral honeysuckle)

Showy, twining vine native to Southeast U.S. Beautiful, bluish-green foliage grows 8 - 15 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide. An abundance of 2 inch, narrow, trumpet-shaped flowers of scarlet-orange with yellow interiors. Though the flowers have no fragrance, they produce copious amounts of nectar custom made for hummingbirds and butterflies. An easy to grow vine, tolerant of a wide range of soil types including clay, sun to light shade and moderate to occasional summer water. Vigorous but not overly exuberant, a good choice for fence or trellis. The species name sempervirens refers to its evergreen habit in mild areas of the Southeast U.S., partially deciduous in colder areas. Prune after bloom as it flowers on last years wood. Deer resistant.  
Lonicera x heckrottii  goldflame honeysuckle
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Lonicera x heckrottii

(goldflame honeysuckle)

 A very showy honeysuckle with attractive blue-green oval leaves. Flowers over a long period with clusters of lightly fragrant, tubular, two-lipped blossoms that are coral pink in bud and rich yellow within. A vigorous, semi evergreen vining shrub 12 - 15 ft. tall for sun to light shade with moderate to occasional water. Hummingbird favorite. Deer resistant.
Lotus (Acmispon) scoparius (glaber)  deerweed
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Lotus (Acmispon) scoparius (glaber)

(deerweed)

Bees go nuts over the bright-yellow flowers of this California native. From spring and into summer you can find this plant covered in blooms at the edges of chaparral throughout much of California. The intricate, pea-shaped flowers, often colored burnished red as they are pollinated, emerge along wand-like stems. Deerweed usually reaches a height and width of about 2 – 3 ft. Plant in full sun to light shade. Needs good drainage and no summer water once established. A remarkable number of butterflies use this species as a larval host plant, including the bramble hairstreak, orange sulphur, funeral duskywing, silvery blue, acmon blue and the avalon hairstreak.
Lotus (Hosackia) formosissimus (gracilis)  coast lotus
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Lotus (Hosackia) formosissimus (gracilis)

(coast lotus)

A low growing native perennial found in seasonally moist meadows, ditches and seeps along California's coast, north to British Columbia. Small, neat leaves form a pretty, low ground cover spreading up to 2 ft. wide. Pea-like flowers have a bright yellow upper petal and deep pink lower petals which bloom in the spring then sporadically through the summer. Plant in full sun to light shade with regular moisture. Makes a nice container plant, too. Flowers visited by bees and other pollinators.  Thought to be the larval food source for the possibly extinct lotus blue butterfly.
Lupinus albifrons var. albifrons  silver bush lupine
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Lupinus albifrons var. albifrons

(silver bush lupine)

A popular California native lupine growing to as much as 3 ft. tall and wide. Beautiful silver foliage with intense blue-purple flower spikes in the spring. To thrive, this lupine needs full sun and excellent drainage. Little to no water once established. Vulnerable to snail and slug predation. Excellent species for native pollinators. Deer resistant. 
Lupinus albifrons var. collinus  prostrate silver lupine
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Lupinus albifrons var. collinus

(prostrate silver lupine)

A beautiful low growing form of the silver bush lupine. Forms a mat of gorgeous silvery foliage 12 inches or so wide with spires of rich blue flowers rising 12-18 inches tall in the spring. Plant in full sun to very light shade with well drained soil. Flowers attract a wide array of beneficial insects, especially bees of all types. Drought and deer resistant.
Lupinus albifrons var. douglasii  Douglas' silver bush lupine
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Lupinus albifrons var. douglasii

(Douglas' silver bush lupine)

This variety of the popular silver bush lupine has the same wonderful wands of blue-purple flowers in spring and summer but also features larger, silvery leaves covered with fine hairs. The plant itself is also larger, reaching 3 – 5 feet in height. This variety grows from Marin County down to the Channel Islands. Plant in full sun with excellent drainage and little to no summer water once established. A nectar species for native bumblebees and hummingbirds. This is a butterfly host plant for several blues, hairstreaks and the northern cloudy-wing. Deer resistant.
Lupinus arboreus - blue flowered form  blue bush lupine
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Lupinus arboreus - blue flowered form

(blue bush lupine)

Native to coastal areas from Sonoma Co. down to Southern California, the blue bush lupine is distinctive for its grand size (reaching up to 6 ft. tall) and racemes of scented, blue and white flowers. The showy blooms which appear in spring and continue into summer are an excellent nectar source for native bees and hummingbirds. Various butterflies use this species as a larval host plant. The seeds are enjoyed by birds. Grow in full sun with good drainage and occasional to no irrigation once established. Not suitable for areas which get very cold in the winter. Not suitable for Mendocino Co. northwards where it can invade natural areas. Deer resistant.
Lupinus arboreus - yellow flowered form  yellow bush lupine
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Lupinus arboreus - yellow flowered form

(yellow bush lupine)

Native to coastal plant communities from Sonoma County south to Ventura County. Showy, fragrant, clear-yellow flowers in long, dense spikes in mid spring and into summer. A fast-growing, floriferous shrub, 3-6 ft. tall and wide. Excellent choice for coastal areas in full sun with good drainage. Not suggested for gardens in coastal Mendocino County due to its ability to quickly naturalize and take over fragile plant communities. Drought and wind tolerant. Lupines have great habitat value, offering nectar for pollinators and nourishing seeds for birds. Great for hummingbirds and a larval food source for various butterflies. Deer resistant.  
Lupinus latifolius var. parishii  canyon lupine
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Lupinus latifolius var. parishii

(canyon lupine)

A moisture loving lupine that grows along streambanks and throughout woodlands in central and southern California. A lush perennial, growing 3-4 feet tall and wide, with foot long flower spikes of scented, pink to lavender flowers in late spring-early summer. The large, dark green leaves create a bold texture beneath the slender flower stalks. Plant in lightly shaded conditions with some summer water. Dies back to the ground in winter. Attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.  

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Lupinus polyphyllus

(bog lupine)

The bog lupine is known for its tall flower spikes of blue to purple or sometimes pink, reaching up to 5 feet tall from a bed of large, dark green leaves about 18 inches in height. This species is the dominant parent used in many popular hybrid lupines. Native to moist places from the San Francisco Bay area northward along the coast and in mountainous places in the interior. Prefers full sun along the coast and dappled shade inland. This lupine tends to go winter dormant. Snails and slugs find lupines especially tasty when young. Needs regular water. One can create a wonderful meadow by planting the bog lupine with other moisture loving species such as lady ferns, umbrella plant and seep monkeyflower. Deer resistant.
Lupinus sericatus  Cobb Mountain lupine
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Lupinus sericatus

(Cobb Mountain lupine)

A rare species from Sonoma, Lake and Napa Counties, this lupine forms a low, wide mound of gorgeous, broad, silver leaves with thick, 12 inch spikes of mauve-pink to violet flowers in spring. Requires full sun to very light shade and good drainage. Do not water much once established. Lupine flowers attract a wide array of insects, especially bees. Deer resistant.
Luzula parviflora  small-flowered woodrush
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Luzula parviflora

(small-flowered woodrush)

This tidy native woodrush forms grass-like clumps 8 - 10 inches tall and a little wider with broad, bright green leaf blades. The small yellowish flowers occur on the tips of arching flowering stems in late spring. Occurs over a wide range of the Western U.S. and up into Canada, across and down into the northeastern states. Perfect for the woodland garden with moderate moisture. Will seed around if the conditions are right, but we have not found it to be weedy. Deer resistant.
Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea' golden great woodrush
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Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea'

(golden great woodrush)

This is a golden form of the great woodrush which is native to Europe and Asia. The glowing golden foliage brings light to the woodland garden where it will thrive in light shade with some moisture. Grows 8 - 12 inches tall and spreads by rhizomes to form a sturdy weed-smothering groundcover that competes well with tree roots. A handsome companion to ferns and shrubs in partially shaded settings. Thrives with regular water but will tolerate some drought or dryish conditions once established. Deer resistant.
Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius  Santa Cruz Island ironwood
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Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius

(Santa Cruz Island ironwood)

A rare and beautiful evergreen tree from Santa Cruz Island off of the Southern California coast. Fernlike, pinnately divided, shiny, dark-green leaves adorn this fast growing tree which can reach 20 to 50 ft. tall and 15 to 20 ft. wide. Late spring brings large flat-topped clusters of creamy-white flowers on this unusual rose family member. Peeling, reddish-brown bark adds to the interest of this single or multi-trunked tree, which can be used in small groves or as a striking specimen. Plant in full sun to partial shade with moderate to infrequent water. Cold hardy to about 15 degrees. Pollinating insects and birds are attracted to the flowers.   
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