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        California Native Plants & Grasses

 Tolerant of Regular Water 

California native plants can be found growing in various types of soil and exposures including wet, dry and very dry conditions.  It is imperative that when choosing a plant palette that all of the material on the palette is tolerant of similar conditions.  One common misconception is that native plants do not need water.  This is far from the truth; remember that all plants (even the most drought tolerant ones) need some water.   Properly establishing native plants is the key to the success of each planting.  Irrigation frequency is dependent on the type of irrigation being used, soil type, climatic conditions and exposure.  Natives and other drought tolerant material benefit from deep, infrequent watering.

As a general rule, native plants should be planted during October through May.  The species listed here can be planted any time of the year provided that they are watered properly.  During the exceptionally hot months, some plants may appear to be stressed for water even though the soil appears moist.  In many cases, the plant will recover during the evening.

*Without a contractual agreement, material may be unavailable or only in limited quantities during certain times of the year.

Taxonomic Name Common Name
Achillea millefolium   Common Yarrow 
Achillea millefolium 'Heidi' Salmon Common Yarrow Selection
Achillea millefolium 'Hoffnung' Yellow Common Yarrow Selection
Achillea millefolium 'Lilac Beauty'      Lilac Common Yarrow Selection
Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' Red Common Yarrow Selection
Achillea millefolium 'Pink Island Form' Pink Common Yarrow Selection
Achillea millefolium 'Lavender Beauty’ Lavender Common Yarrow Selection
Anemopsis californica            Yerba Mansa
Aquilegia formosa Scarlet Columbine
Artemisia douglasiana                  Mugwort
*Artemisia ludoviciana                     Silver Mugwort
*Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver King'     Silver Mugwort Selection
Atriplex lentiformis breweri Quail Brush
Baccharis ‘Centennial’    NCN
Baccharis emoryi Emory’s Broom
Baccharis glutinosa (B. salicifoila) Mulefat
Baccharis pilularis Coyote Brush
Baccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point' Coyote Brush Selection
*Calystegia m. ‘Anacapa Pink’ Morning Glory Selection
Chilopsis linearis                    Desert Willow
Chilopsis linearis 'Burgundy'  Desert Willow Selection
Cornus stolonifera (C. sericea) Red Twig Dogwood
Epilobium (see Zauschneria) California Fuchsia
*Erigeron glaucus 'Arthur Menzies'  Seaside Daisy Selection
Erigeron glaucus ‘Wayne Roderick’  Seaside Daisy Selection
Fragaria chiloensis 'Chaval'           Wild Strawberry Selection
Fragaria chiloensis 'Green Pastures'  Wild Strawberry Selection
Galvezia juncea Baja Bush Snapdragon
Galvezia speciosa 'Firecracker' Island Bush Snapdragon Selection
*Grindelia stricta ssp. venulosa   Gum Plant
Heuchera 'Blushing Bells'     Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera 'Canyon Delight' Alum Root Hybrid
Heuchera ‘Canyon Pink’ Alum Root Hybrid
Iva hayesiana Poverty Weed
Lessingia ‘Silver Carpet’ NCN
*Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Lobelia
*Lobelia dunnii Blue Lobelia
Lonicera involucrata Twinberry
Malacothamnus fasciculatus ‘Casitas’ Mesa Bushmallow Selection
Mimulus cardinalis Scarlet Monkeyflower
Mimulus guttatus Streamside Monkeyflower
Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita Bop’ Foothill Penstemon Selection
Platanus racemosa California Sycamore
Populus fremontii Fremont’s Cottonwood
Populus tremuloides                           Quaking Aspen
Rosa californica California Wild Rose
Rubus ursinus Pacific Blackberry
Salix exigua (S. hindsiana) Sandbar Willow
Salix goodingii Gooding’s Black Willow
Salix lasiandra Black Willow
Salix lasiolepis   Arroyo Willow
Salix laevigata Red Willow
Sambucus mexicana Mexican Elderberry
Satureja douglasii                                Yerba Buena
*Satureja mimuloides                             NCN
*Silene laciniata Indian Pink
Solanum xantii Purple Nightshade
Symphoricarpos alba White Snowberry
Symphoricarpos mollis                       Snowberry
Thalictrum polycarpum   Meadow Rue
Verbena lilacina Lilac Verbena
Vitis californica Wild Grape
Zauschneria californica California Fuchsia
Zauschneria californica ‘Catalina’ California Fuchsia Selection
Zauschneria californica 'Carman's Grey'          California Fuchsia Selection
Zauschneria californica latifolia           California Fuchsia 
Zauschneria cana Hoary Fuchsia

California Native Grasses, Reeds, Rushes & Sedges

Taxonomic Name Common Name
Bouteloua gracilis Blue Gramma
*Carex barbarae  Santa Barbara Sedge
*Carex nudata California Black-flowering Sedge
Carex pansa  California Meadow Sedge
Carex praegracilis  Clustered Field Sedge
Carex spissa  San Diego Sedge
Carex tumulicola  Berkeley Sedge
*Cyperus eragrostis  Tall Flat Sedge
Deschampsia caespitosa Tufted Hairgrass  
Deschampsia caespitosa ‘Goldenhaenge’ Tufted Hairgrass Selection
Deschampsia caespitosa ‘Susan’s Choice’ Tufted Hairgrass Selection
*Deschampsia elongata Slender Hairgrass
*Distichlis spicata Salt Grass
Eleocharis macrostachya Spike Rush
Eleocharis montevidensis Spike Rush
Equisetum hyemale Horsetail
Festuca idahoensis 'Siskiyou Blue' Idaho Fescue Selection
Festuca idahoensis ‘Warren Peak’ Idaho Fescue Selection
*Juncus acutus  Spiny Rush
*Juncus balticus  NCN
*Juncus effusus  Common Rush
Juncus effusus 'Quartz Creek'  Quartz Creek Rush
Juncus mexicanus  Mexican Rush
Juncus patens  Cailfornia Gray Rush
Juncus patens 'Carman's Grey'  Cailfornia Gray Rush Selection
Juncus patens 'Elk's Blue' Cailfornia Gray Rush Selection
*Juncus xiphioides  Flat-Bladed Rush
Leymus condensatus  Giant Wild Rye
Muhlenbergia rigens  Deergrass
*Scirpus acutus  Viscid Bulrush

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