Help Restore Nature with Noteworthy CA Natives

Our love for California native plants is virtually immeasurable. Did you know that more varieties dwell in our home state than in ALL OTHER STATES COMBINED and there are over 2000 species that grow here and nowhere else! Natives enrich our local ecology by providing sustenance to local wildlife and pollinators, most reseed in the garden for successive generations of FREE plants. They thrive with very little assistance and deal with drought and disease with aplomb. After all, they have been here much longer than we have. Making space for natives in your own garden helps preserve our California heritage and the environment for the future. And, with such a bounty of choices, it makes for some fine gardening, too!

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Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Camissonia cheiranthifolia "Beach Primrose"

Super long blooming from April to September, you must try this terrific, fast growing, CA native, trailing groundcover! An instant garden highlight, it makes a tidy, dense, glistening, silvery-green foliar mat 6-12" tall and about 30" across. You'll get a cheery abundance of clear sunshine-yellow 1 ½” single flowers, each sporting a fun balloon-like stigma over a long season. This coastal native does very well in sandy soil but showiest in rich loamy soil with some summer water.

Perennial USDA zones 8-10

Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Blue Springs’

Truly luminous, almost turquoise blooms, 6-12” tall, will make this one of your favorite California natives. Not a shy bloomer, you’ll get lots of those beautiful blooms much loved by hummers and butterflies. Dense and compact, it grows to a maximum 14” x 14” with bluish-green evergreen foliage. Once established, it’ll live long and prosper in low fertil­ity soil with no summer water. A superb choice for dry gardens & containers. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant.

Perennial USDA zones 6-10

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Mimulus 'Jelly Bean Fiesta Marigold'

Thanks to the patient breeding of the late, great Rick Pershoff, the gardening world can enjoy this flamboyant garden-friendly Mimulus hybrid. Profuse eye-popping amber-red 2” blooms edged in gold appear year-round along the coast and spring-fall in hottest areas. Branching to 18” x 18” with glossy emerald leaves, it’s reliably showy in low fertility, native or rock gardens and containers. Tolerant of heat and zero summer moisture, but will stay green and bloomy with some summer water. Tolerates clayish soil, but best in well-drained. Deer and fire resistant. Hardy to 20 degrees F.

Perennial Shrub USDA zones 9-10a

Salvia apiana “White Sage”

Make your own smudge-sticks rather than buying them from folks who cut and destroy these plants in the wild. Arresting silvery white lance-shaped leaves are held stiffly on 2’x5’ base branchy stems. The 3’ flower spikes with white flowers appear in spring. Bees adore the small whitish blooms. You should prune the flower spikes after bloom to encourage compactness. Heat and drought loving, it really doesn’t want much summer water. Good drainage is a must. Many medicinal and sacred uses. A tea made from the leaves is an herbal remedy for cold and congestion. To 4'x2'. Good drainage.

Perennial Shrub USDA zones 8-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Sidalcea malviflora 'Purpetta'

One of my big thrills recently was trying out this new, super EASY variety of our West Coast native “Checkermallow”. Much sturdier, with larger and richer, fuchsia-pink blooms- held on many strong, multi-branching upright stems to 4’ tall, it’s a front or mid-bed beauty and swell for providing a vertical accent. Attractive low clump of glossy, roundish foliage. Blooms summer thru fall, with deadheading. Cut flowers and butterflies! Tough, long lived and tolerant of less than perfect soil, but give it fertile, loamy soil for best show.

Perennial Shrub USDA Zones 9-10a

Asclepias fascicularis
“Narrow Leaved Milkweed”

Adaptable to high and low water, heat and any garden soil – including CLAY – this is probably the easiest CA native Milkweed you can grow. Many branching stems and long narrow leaves make a nice bushy 3' x 3' form topped with plentiful and pretty 2" creamy-pink clusters from June to Sept. Another very important host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and nectar source for other butterflies as well. Gets bigger and better every year and can spread to form small colonies. Deer resistant!

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson'

Absolutely eye-popping flower clusters abound over a long season on this sensational California native. This extra showy variety originates from a seedling grown by the late Ed Sampson of Mourning Cloak Botanical Garden and named after his wife. M. macrantha is native to S. Cal coast ranges and Baja, California and is particularly suited to rock gardens or containers as it requires low-nutrient soil and excellent drainage. Spreading into a low mat of shiny mid- green, lightly scented foliage 3” tall and 18” across, the wild riot of a bloom display appears from late spring to fall, each cluster bearing up to 25 upright, blazing scarlet-red narrow trumpets almost 2” long. Benefits from occasional summer water. Hummer magnet! Deer resistant!

Perennial Shrub USDA Zones 6b-10

Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick'

When Dr. Gordon Frankie, bee expert of renown, dropped a few of these plants off at the nursery and told us that it was a superb plant for attracting native bees, we set our busy-bee selves to work propagating more. CLAY TOLERANT and perfect for pots and edging, this “Seaside Daisy” was selected by renowned California plantsman Wayne Roderick. Bearing a profusion of 2” lavender, short stemmed flowers centered with showy gold and chartreuse eyes, it’s easy, tough and reliably perennial. Long blooming spring thru fall with dead-heading it’s a superb plant for attracting native bees and butterflies! Neat and compact to 1’ tall and 3’ across. Deer resistant, salt spray, wind and drought tolerant but looks best with some summer water.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

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