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Examples of native plants with no water (after first year) or mulch

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Adenostoma fasciculatum
Adenostoma fasciculatum Chamise
Chamise tends to be a medium to large shrub, 3-10 ft., tall. Native to the coast ranges (Mendocino a... Learn more



Adenostoma sparsifolium
Adenostoma sparsifolium Red Shanks
Red shanks grows from the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara County line south in chaparral, down throug... Learn more



Asclepias erosa
Asclepias erosa Desert Milkweed
(A.leucophylla, A.l. var.obtusa, A.erosa var. obtusa,A.obtusata, A.Rothrockii) Milkweeds are amongs... Learn more



Atriplex canescens
Atriplex canescens Four-wing Salt Bush
Four-wing Salt Bush is an evergray shrub that grows to 5ft. Native to dry areas, western U.S.. Needs... Learn more



Bothriochloa barbinodis
Bothriochloa barbinodis Cane Bluestem
Cane Bluestem,Plumed Beard-grass Native from San Diego to Samta Barbara east to Oklahoma and down ... Learn more



Emmenanthe penduliflora
Emmenanthe penduliflora Whispering Bells
A common fire follower. Whispering Bells would be an excellent additive to seed mixtures for ersion ... Learn more



Ericameria brachylepis
Ericameria brachylepis Boundary Goldenbush
Boundary Goldenbush is a 3 foot tall yellow flowered shrub. It likes full sun. As with many arid pla... Learn more



Eriogonum bailey bailey
Eriogonum bailey bailey Annual Field Buckwheat
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. We don't sell it. This picture is mostly to remember what it was.... Learn more



Eriogonum nudum pubiflorum
Eriogonum nudum pubiflorum Naked buckwheat
Naked buckwheat is a slender spike of white or pink or yellow flowers. It harbors a delightful little... Learn more



Gnaphalium californicum
Gnaphalium californicum California Pearly Everlasting
A native biennial or short-lived perennial that grows in disturbed places.This species is a pioneer ... Learn more



Hazardia squarrosus
Hazardia squarrosus Yellow Squirrel Cover
A common perennial from coastal bluffs into interior chaparral, common on road cuts mixed in with sq... Learn more



Lycium andersonii
Lycium andersonii Waterjacket
A wonderful plant from the desert. The berries are savored by every critter out there. The plants ar... Learn more



Opuntia basilaris
Opuntia basilaris Beavertail Cactus
A small well behaved cactus that grows in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. Native from Ridgecrest ar... Learn more



Pellaea mucronata
Pellaea mucronata Bird's Foot Fern
Bird's Foot Fern is one tough fern. About one foot tall, native throughout California and tolerant ... Learn more



Salvia carduacea
Salvia carduacea Thistle Sage
A very colorful annual of hot interior areas. ... Learn more



Senna covesii
Senna covesii Coues' cassia
Coues' cassia flowers are very much like a Palo Verde's, shrub is like Encelia farinosa. This Cass... Learn more



Sphaeralcea ambigua
Sphaeralcea ambigua Desert Mallow
Desert Mallow is a two foot perennial with many one inch orange flowers on a two to three foot spi... Learn more



Stipa lepida
Stipa lepida Foothill Stipa
A 1-2 ft. perennial bunch grass, native to most of the foothills of California. Native on the nurser... Learn more



Yucca baccata
Yucca baccata Spanish Bayonet
A small slow growing Yucca that grows from southeastern California through Utah and along the Texas ... Learn more



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Yucca whipplei caespitosa Chaparral Yucca
Chaparral Yucca is a large yucca that is in many ways similar to Joshua Tree.A large Yucca branching... Learn more



Drought tolerant native plants For Los Angeles

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Abronia villosa aurita
Abronia villosa aurita Sand Verbena
Abronia villosa var. aurita has larger flowers than Abronia villosa var. villosa. It is found on the... Learn more
Adenostoma fasciculatum
Adenostoma fasciculatum Chamise
Chamise tends to be a medium to large shrub, 3-10 ft., tall. Native to the coast ranges (Mendocino a... Learn more
Adenostoma sparsifolium
Adenostoma sparsifolium Red Shanks
Red shanks grows from the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara County line south in chaparral, down throug... Learn more
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Allium crispum Wild Onion
A perennial allium with beautiful pink flowers, needs dry summer conditions, best growing in a wild ... Learn more
Ambrosia psilostachya
Ambrosia psilostachya Western Ragweed
A weedy , perennial, native with spreading rhizomes that grows in disturbed areas of native plant co... Learn more
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Anaphalis margaritacea Pearly Everlasting
Pearly Everlasting is a rather weedy perennial that Painted Ladies visit. If you're old and male don... Learn more
Antirrhinum coulterianum
Antirrhinum coulterianum Coulters Snapdragon
Antirrhinum coulterium, Coulters snapdragon is another one of the many plants that is not supposed t... Learn more
Antirrhinum kelloggii
Antirrhinum kelloggii Climbing Snapdragon
Antirrhinum kelloggii(Antirrhinum hookerianum, Antirrhinum strictum, Maurandyra strictum, Asarium st... Learn more
Antirrhinum multiflorum
Antirrhinum multiflorum Multiflowered Snapdragon
Multiflowered snapdragon is a two foot perennial with two foot flower spikes of pink and yellow flo... Learn more
Arctostaphylos densiflora Sentinel Manzanita
Arctostaphylos densiflora Sentinel Manzanita Sentinel Manzanita
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel' was selected way back when as an upright floweriest of manzanit... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glandulosa adamsii
Arctostaphylos glandulosa adamsii Laguna Manzanita
Laguna manzanita is a sprawling evergreen manzanita shrub that will form a knee high groundcover. ... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glandulosa campbelliae
Arctostaphylos glandulosa campbelliae Eastwood Manzanita
Evergreen bush manzanita, usually about 4' tall. It has 1 1/2" gray leaves, red- brown stems. Among ... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glauca
Arctostaphylos glauca Big Berry Manzanita
Big berry Manzanita is an evergreen shrub to small tree, with red-brown bark, 7-10' foot high and wi... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glauca Dwaine's Dwarf
Arctostaphylos glauca Dwaine's Dwarf Dwaine's Dwarf
See Arctostaphylos glauca for horticultural information. I found this plant on a customer's propert... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glauca Frazier Park Manzanita
Arctostaphylos glauca Frazier Park Manzanita Mt. Pinos Manzanita
This Big Berry manzanita was selected from John's property in the Lake of the Woods/Frazier Park ar... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glauca Los Angeles
Arctostaphylos glauca Los Angeles Los Angeles Big Berry Manzanita
A manzanita from the Santa Monica Mountains. This one was originally in the area of Mullhuland and K... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glauca Ramona Manzanita
Arctostaphylos glauca Ramona Manzanita Ramona Manzanita
A really glorious Big Berry manzanita from the San Vicente/Ramona area. The mother plant was growin... Learn more
Arctostaphylos Ian Bush Manzanita
Arctostaphylos Ian Bush Manzanita Manzanita
Ian bush manzanita is fast to four feet and seems to stabilize at five feet with a very open form. T... Learn more
Arctostaphylos luciana Adelaide Manzanita
Arctostaphylos luciana Adelaide Manzanita Santa Lucia Manzanita
Santa Lucia Manzanita is a rare, evergreen shrub, 3' by 6' with 1" white leaves and red bark. It gro... Learn more
Arctostaphylos manzanita Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree
Arctostaphylos manzanita Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree Northern California Manzanita
Dr. Hurd Manzanita is an evergreen, multi-branched, treelike hybrid shrub with glossy, light green f... Learn more
Arctostaphylos manzanita_x_densiflora Austin Griffiths Manzanita
Arctostaphylos manzanita_x_densiflora Austin Griffiths Manzanita Austin Griifith's Manzanita
Austin Griffiths Manzanita is a hybrid between Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel' and Arctostaphyl... Learn more
Arctostaphylos pringlei drupacea Idyllwild Manzanita
Arctostaphylos pringlei drupacea Idyllwild Manzanita Pinkbract Manzanita
This manzanita has slightly fuzzy sticky foliage and flowers. Gray foliage starts out kinda brown pi... Learn more
Arctostaphylos pungens
Arctostaphylos pungens Pointleaf Manzanita
Mexican manzanita is an evergreen shrub around six foot tall, (usually taller than wide) that grows ... Learn more
Arctostaphylos rainbowensis
Arctostaphylos rainbowensis
Rainbowensis is a lower moundy Big Berried Manzanita. We grew some for a remediation in South River... Learn more
Argemone munita
Argemone munita Prickly Poppy
Short lived perennial. A very thorny plant that is nearly unweedable. Why do we grow it? It has 3" ... Learn more
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Artemisia californica
Artemisia californica California Sagebrush
California sagebrush is an evergray shrub, three to four foot high. This sage brush is native to mu... Learn more
Artemisia californica Canyon Gray Canyon Grey
Artemisia californica Canyon Gray Canyon Grey Trailing Sagebrush
An evergray shrub, 1ft high 4ft across. A gray groundcover that likes sun, good to fair drainage. It... Learn more
Artemisia ludoviciana
Artemisia ludoviciana White Sagebrush
Artemisia ludoviciana, White Sagebrush is a rhizomatous perennial native from Baja to Ontario Canada... Learn more
Asclepias californica
Asclepias californica California Milkweed
Asclepias californica, California milkweed is one of the most beautiful milkweeds in California. It ... Learn more
Asclepias erosa
Asclepias erosa Desert Milkweed
(A.leucophylla, A.l. var.obtusa, A.erosa var. obtusa,A.obtusata, A.Rothrockii) Milkweeds are amongs... Learn more
Asclepias vestita
Asclepias vestita Woolly Milkweed
A gray-green sprawling perennial that grows along the east edge of the San Joaquin Valley. One of th... Learn more
Astragalus Douglasii
Astragalus Douglasii Douglas milkvetch
Douglas milkvetch is really a nice little plant that causes no problems that I've seen while creatin... Learn more
Baccharis pilularis consanguinea
Baccharis pilularis consanguinea Coyote Brush
Deer proof throughout Ca. (so-far). You might want to cover it for the first year. Drought tolerant,... Learn more
Baccharis sarothroides
Baccharis sarothroides Broom Baccharis
A fast growing shrub(it losses its leaves but looks evergreen, like a broom plant). Very colorful ye... Learn more
Baeria chrysostoma
Baeria chrysostoma Coast Goldfields
(Lasthenia chrysostoma) Coast Gold Fields are an annual wild flower found in the coast ranges. Alt... Learn more
Bloomeria crocea
Bloomeria crocea Golden Stars
Golden stars are perennial corms with many yellow flowers attached at a central point on top of a t... Learn more
Bloomeria crocea aurea
Bloomeria crocea aurea Golden Stars
Corm, 2 ft., flowers yellow in cluster (like exploding fire works), April-June, South coast ranges, ... Learn more
Bothriochloa barbinodis
Bothriochloa barbinodis Cane Bluestem
Cane Bluestem,Plumed Beard-grass Native from San Diego to Samta Barbara east to Oklahoma and down ... Learn more
Brodiaea pulchella
Brodiaea pulchella Wild Hyacinth
Dichelostemma pulchella, Corms, 1' in height, blue 1" flowers, spring, throughout Ca.,UT, Nev,Ariz.... Learn more
Calochortus species
Calochortus species Mariposa Lilly
Bulbs. 1', flowers like tulip, yellow, purple to white, part shade to full sun, no summer water, in ... Learn more
Calystegia macrostegia
Calystegia macrostegia California Morning Glory
This coastal/Island Morning Glory is a twining vine with large creamy flowers. Calystegia macrostegi... Learn more
Ceanothus arboreus
Ceanothus arboreus Tree Lilac
Fast to 20' high 10' wide, large dark green leaves,medimum blue flowers in 6" spikes, good where you... Learn more
Ceanothus Celestial Blue
Ceanothus Celestial Blue
Celestial Blue is a very blue,sometimes purple, with some red flowered California lilac with a light... Learn more
Ceanothus Concha
Ceanothus Concha California Mountain Lilac
Ceanothus 'Concha' is one of the oldest and best hybrid ceanothus. Ours are 4' high by 4' wide, and ... Learn more
Ceanothus crassifolius
Ceanothus crassifolius Hoary-leaved Ceanothus
A large shrub, small tree, to 12 ft, white flowers, native to S.Ca. mountains, crinkly leaves 1/4-1/... Learn more
Ceanothus cuneatus
Ceanothus cuneatus Buckbrush
Buckbrush is a fragrant evergreen shrub, flowers vary from blue to white, Mar-May. Native from Ore... Learn more
Ceanothus Frosty Blue
Ceanothus Frosty Blue Frosty Blue Mountain Blue
Ceanothus Frosty Blue' is an evergreen mountain lilac that grows to six or eight feet tall and about... Learn more
Ceanothus L.T. Blue
Ceanothus L.T. Blue White Bark Mountain Lilac
L.T.Blue is eight foot tall and four foot wide. This ... Learn more
Ceanothus leucodermis
Ceanothus leucodermis White Bark California Lilac
White bark California Lilac is an evergreen shrub to eight feet tall and six to ten feet wide. Wit... Learn more
Ceanothus megacarpusX Tranquil Margarita
Ceanothus megacarpusX Tranquil Margarita Big Pod California Lilac
Big Pod California Lilac is an evergreen shrub that usually grows to six feet or so, sometimes high... Learn more
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Ceanothus otayensis
Ceanothus otayensis Otay Mountain Lilac
Ceanothus otayensis, (Ceanothus X otayensis), Otay Mountain Lilac is native to San Diego County and ... Learn more
Ceanothus purpureus
Ceanothus purpureus Hollyleaf Ceanothus
Ceanothus purpureus is a higher version of C. 'Mills glory'. A rare plant to 6 ft. in height, and ... Learn more
Ceanothus Ray Hartman
Ceanothus Ray Hartman Mountain Lilac
The Ray Hartman' form of mountain lilac is an evergreen shrub to 20'. The flowers are light to mediu... Learn more
Ceanothus Remote Blue Ceanothus
Ceanothus Remote Blue Ceanothus Bush Lilac
'Remote Blue' is a hybrid that arose on the nursery grounds, and is believed to be a hybrid between ... Learn more
Ceanothus sorediatus
Ceanothus sorediatus Jim Bush
Ceanothus sorediatus can be an very fast and vigorous evergreen shrub with dark green foliage with a... Learn more
Ceanothus tomentosus olivaceus
Ceanothus tomentosus olivaceus Ramona Lilac
Native to the southern California mountains (a form often listed as C. tomentosus var. olivaceous) a... Learn more
Cercocarpus alnifolius
Cercocarpus alnifolius Island Mountain Mahogany
Synonym: Cercocarpus betuloides var. blancheae. Evergreen shrub, 12' tall, 4' wide, with leaves to b... Learn more
Chaenactis glabriuscula
Chaenactis glabriuscula Pinchusion Flower
Low-growing annual with yellow flowers, very showy when massed, excellent butterfly flower for adult... Learn more
Chlorogalum pomeridianum
Chlorogalum pomeridianum Soap Lily
Soap Lily has long, strap-like, wavy leaves that lie along the ground, and a loose spike of small wh... Learn more
Chrysopsis villosa
Chrysopsis villosa Hairy Golden-aster
Telegraph Weed. Synonyms: Heterotheca villosa / Heterotheca sessiliflora. A hairy, perennial, branc... Learn more
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Chrysothamnus nauseosus consimilis Nevada Rabbit Brush
Alkaline open valleys from San Diego to Shasta and east through the Great Basin along the desert edg... Learn more
Cirsium californicum
Cirsium californicum California Thistle
A biennial or short-lived perennial.... Learn more
Corethrogyne filaginifolia
Corethrogyne filaginifolia California Corethrogyne
California Aster, the original common name was California Corethrogyne. (Lessingia filaginifolia... Learn more
Croton californicus
Croton californicus Croton
A small, gray-scurfy perennial, with no perceptible flowers, grows in open areas between shrubs such... Learn more
Cucurbita foetidissima
Cucurbita foetidissima Coyote Melon
A coarse, trailing perennial, with gray-green, rough leaves, yellow flowers, and a large root, under... Learn more
Cupressus forbesii
Cupressus forbesii Tecate Cypress
Tecate cypress is native to the southern California mountains looking down into Tijuana. It is fas... Learn more
Cupressus macnabiana
Cupressus macnabiana
Native to the foothills surrounding the Sacramento Valley in northern California. Fast to 12 ft. the... Learn more
Cupressus nevadensis
Cupressus nevadensis Piute Cypress
This small tree grows in the mountains of Kern County. Fast to 20' then slowly to 30'. Very grey fol... Learn more
Dendromecon rigida
Dendromecon rigida Bush Poppy
An evergreen shrub normally 6 feet tall. It has yellow flowers, 2 inches across in March - June, gre... Learn more
Deschampsia elongata
Deschampsia elongata
A grass that disappears in summer(drops to a faint brown patch), a light grass that blows in the bre... Learn more
Diplacus longiflorus
Diplacus longiflorus Southern Monkey Flower
Diplacus longiflorus is a very large flowered monkey flower that is native on the Santa Margarita N... Learn more
Diplacus rutilus
Diplacus rutilus Santa Susana Monkey Flower
Santa Susana Monkey Flower is a perennial with 2 inch velvet red flowers that prefers sun to part s... Learn more
Dudleya edulis
Dudleya edulis
A succulent that gets about one foot wide and tall. The white flowers cover the succulent with round... Learn more
Emmenanthe penduliflora
Emmenanthe penduliflora Whispering Bells
A common fire follower. Whispering Bells would be an excellent additive to seed mixtures for ersion ... Learn more
Ephedra californica
Ephedra californica
Evergreen shrub, 5 ft., dry areas, central and southern California stems used for tea. Ephedra spp. ... Learn more
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Ephedra viridis
Ephedra viridis Green Mormon Tea
Green Mormon Tea is an evergreen shrub, 4 ft., desert areas, Calif. to Utah, looks like leafless shr... Learn more
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Eriastrum densifolium elongatum
Almost indentical to Eriastrum. austromontanum. A 1ft perennial. with bright blue flowers. It grows ... Learn more
Eriodictyon crassifolium
Eriodictyon crassifolium
A fuzzy grey perennial that can grow to 5'. Flowers are 1/2" wide and 1" long pale blue. Sun, good d... Learn more
Eriodictyon tomentosum
Eriodictyon tomentosum Woolly Yerba Santa
Woolly Yerba Santa is a four to five foot tall perennial with gray fuzzy leaves and white flowers. I... Learn more
Eriodictyon trichocalyx
Eriodictyon trichocalyx Smooth leaf yerba santa
Smooth leaf yerba santa is native to the Mountains of Southern California. Mixed habitats range from... Learn more
Eriogonum arborescens
Eriogonum arborescens Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat
Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat is a shrub to three feet in the coastal areas, it will be smaller in the... Learn more
Eriogonum bailey bailey
Eriogonum bailey bailey Annual Field Buckwheat
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. We don't sell it. This picture is mostly to remember what it was.... Learn more
Eriogonum cinereum
Eriogonum cinereum
Perennial shrub to 4 ft.,(usually 2 ft.) whitish pink clusters on grey foliage, a plant for erosion ... Learn more
Eriogonum fasciculatum foliolosum
Eriogonum fasciculatum foliolosum California Buckwheat
California Buckwheat the common one that grows in most of the populated areas of California and is... Learn more
Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium
Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium Interior California Buckwheat
California interior buckwheat ia as Eriogonum fasciculatum but grayer and tougher, hardy to -20 . Fo... Learn more
Eriogonum giganteum
Eriogonum giganteum St. Catherine's Lace
Saint Catherine's Lace is an evergreen shrub that commonly grows to four feet. A big buckwheat with ... Learn more
Eriogonum nudum pubiflorum
Eriogonum nudum pubiflorum Naked buckwheat
Naked buckwheat is a slender spike of white or pink or yellow flowers. It harbors a deliteful littl... Learn more
Eriogonum parvifolium
Eriogonum parvifolium Cliff Buckwheat
A perennial, 2 ft. by 2 ft.. Native near coast from Monterey to San Diego, shade to sun, red-green f... Learn more
Eschscholzia caespitosa
Eschscholzia caespitosa
Eschscholzia caespitosa is an annual poppy with bright yellow flowers. It grows to about a foot tall... Learn more
Eschscholzia californica
Eschscholzia californica California Poppy
Munz lists four tendencies that have largely geographic separations. This type, a perennial of the d... Learn more
Eschscholzia californica maritima
Eschscholzia californica maritima California Poppy
Munz lists four tendencies that have largely geographic separations. A perennial form with gray roug... Learn more
Eschscholzia californica peninsularis
Eschscholzia californica peninsularis
Munz lists four tendencies that have largely geographic separations. This annual form, var. peninsul... Learn more
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Gilia tricolor
A small little annual with somewhat tubular purple flowers and yellow centers. Massed they can be qu... Learn more
Gnaphalium californicum
Gnaphalium californicum California Pearly Everlasting
A native biennial or short-lived perennial that grows in disturbed places.This species is a pioneer ... Learn more
Gutierrezia californica
Gutierrezia californica California matchweed
California matchweed is a little perennial that grows along the edges of the San Joaquin Valley. Fol... Learn more
Haplopappus linearifolius
Haplopappus linearifolius Narrowleaf goldenbush
(Ericameria linearifolia, Stenotopsis linearifolia) Perennial, 3 ft., yellow flowers 1 inch across, ... Learn more
Haplopappus venetus furfuracea
Haplopappus venetus furfuracea Furry DYC
A sprawling little perennial that has merit in revegetation and butterfly gardens. It is trivial unt... Learn more
Hazardia squarrosus
Hazardia squarrosus Yellow Squirrel Cover
A common perennial from coastal bluffs into interior chaparral, common on road cuts mixed in with sq... Learn more
Helianthemum scoparium
Helianthemum scoparium Sun Rose
A little non-descript perennial that grows in openings amoungst shrubs,. When it flowers it turns in... Learn more
Iva hayesiana
Iva hayesiana Hayes iva
An evergreen groundcover in warm winter areas, deciduous in colder areas. It is supposed to spread b... Learn more
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Juniperus californica
Juniperus californica California Juniper
Shrub-tree, bluish berries, 10-15\', no water after established, coast ranges and Sierras, edible be... Learn more
Keckiella cordifolia
Keckiella cordifolia Heart Leaved Penstemon
Heart Leaf Penstemon is a 3' to 6' sprawling subshrub that is evergreen in mild climates with a lit... Learn more
Lotus purshianus
Lotus purshianus Lotus
Annual, weedy plant of roadsides, open, dry, disturbed areas, thickly branched, fixes nitrogen. CA(e... Learn more
Lotus scoparius
Lotus scoparius Deerweed
Lotus scoparius Deerweed is a short- lived ( 7-20 years! ) perennial in the pea family. From sp... Learn more
Lupinus albifrons
Lupinus albifrons Silver Bush Lupine
A 3-5' perennial. The flowers 3" blue spikes on a white-silver bush. Many varieties range from S. Or... Learn more
Lupinus benthamii
Lupinus benthamii
A 1-2' annual with deep blue flowers. Native on the nursery site in gravelly soil in part shade to f... Learn more
Lupinus excubitus
Lupinus excubitus Grape soda lupine
Grape soda lupine is one of the smaller bush lupines with many different forms that range from the ... Learn more
Lupinus ludovicianus
Lupinus ludovicianus
A 3 inch purple flowers on a gray 2 ft plant. Butterfly plant. A rare plant. Ludo. seems to be perfe... Learn more
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Lupinus sparsiflorus
An annual that grows to 1 foot and has light blue flowers. It is very fuzzy. [... Learn more
Lupinus succulentus
Lupinus succulentus Arroyo Lupine
This is a very big annual. It grows to waist high with deep blue flowers. It is very usefu... Learn more
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Lupinus truncatus
A taller annual, w/ violet flowers, clustered that form spires, very showy, found in open areas and ... Learn more
Lycium californicum
Lycium californicum California Desert Thorn
A very unusual california native. It looks like a desert plant, but grows under Torrey pines, in ope... Learn more
Mahonia haematocarpa
Mahonia haematocarpa Red barberry
syn.Berberis haematocarpa, Odostemon haematocarpus, .Red barberry grows in favorable spots in our So... Learn more
Mahonia nevinii
Mahonia nevinii Nevin's Barberry
Nevin's Barberry is an evergreen shrub fast to 5 feet then can slowly become a slightly larger tree-... Learn more
Malacothamnus clementinus
Malacothamnus clementinus San Clemente Bush Mallow
Native to San Clemente Is. where it grows on rocky caynon walls(probably hiding from the feral anima... Learn more
Malacothamnus densiflorus
Malacothamnus densiflorus Many Flowered Bushmallow
Malacothamnus densiflorus, or dense flowered bush mallow, grows from San Diego up to the west slopes... Learn more
Malacothamnus jonesii
Malacothamnus jonesii San Luis Obispo Bush Mallow
Jones' Bush Mallow San Luis Obispo County Bush Mallow is a five foot tall gray evergreen shrub wit... Learn more
Malacothamnus marrubioides
Malacothamnus marrubioides
Pink flowered Bushmallow is an evergreen shrub to four foot with gray leaves and pink flowers. Nativ... Learn more
Mimulus fremontii
Mimulus fremontii
A delicate little perennial that grows in sandy scree areas throughout much of Central and S. Calif.... Learn more
Mirabilis californica
Mirabilis californica Wishbone Bush
Old Name: Mirabilis laevis. A trailing to ascending perennial subshrub with many stems arising from ... Learn more
Monardella antonina
Monardella antonina Butterfly Mint Bush
Butterfly Mint Bush(sounds better than San Antonio Hills Monardella) is a one foot perennial covere... Learn more
Monardella villosa
Monardella villosa Coyote Mint
Coyote Mint is a two-foot-high perennial with gray-green leaves and light purple clusters of flower... Learn more
Oenothera californica
Oenothera californica California Evening primrose
This plant used to be in most of the road cuts of Southern California. Clumps 3 ft. by 10 feet Ac... Learn more
Opuntia littoralis
Opuntia littoralis Prickly-Pear
A cactus with yellow to red flowers, prickly, red fruit, very important wildlife plant, somewhat low... Learn more
Orthocarpus densiflorus
Orthocarpus densiflorus Owl's Clover
A semi-parasitic annual common in areas that still have some annual native plants left. Difficult t... Learn more
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Orthocarpus exserta
Orthocarpus exserta Owl's Clover
syn. Castilleja purpurascens. low-growing annual, with purplish flowers, very showy in spring , grow... Learn more
Paeonia californica
Paeonia californica California Peony
A 1 foot perennial with drooping maroon 2" flowers in Jan.-Mar.. Native from Monterey to San Diego C... Learn more
Pellaea mucronata
Pellaea mucronata Bird's Foot Fern
Bird's Foot Fern is one tough fern. About one foot tall, native throughout California and tolerant ... Learn more
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Penstemon clevelandii connatus Cleveland penstemon
A 2-3' perennial with pink flowers and gray foliage. Showy. It grows in the inner coast ranges of S... Learn more
Penstemon heterophyllus
Penstemon heterophyllus Foothill Penstemon
Foothill Penstemon is a rather long lived(30 years?) perennial with hundreds of one inch violet flow... Learn more
Penstemon incertus
Penstemon incertus Western Desert Penstemon
Penstemon incertus is showy sky blue perennial that has 2 foot of light green (with a little silver... Learn more
Penstemon parishii
Penstemon parishii
This plant seems to have the cold tolerance and drought tolerance of centranthifolius with the flowe... Learn more
Penstemon spectabilis
Penstemon spectabilis Showy Penstemon
Penstemon spectabilis is a 3' perennial with lavender flowers in April-June. Native in dry creek b... Learn more
Pickeringia montana
Pickeringia montana Chaparral Pea
Chaparral Pea is an evergreen shrub (deciduous under stress). It will grow to 3' tall and 6' wide. I... Learn more
Pinus edulis
Pinus edulis Pinyon Pine
Pinyon pine (or Colorado Pine) is a short conifer usually reaching less than 45 feet at the most, w... Learn more
Pinus quadrifolia
Pinus quadrifolia Parry Pinyon
A pinyon pine from So. Calif. into Baja on the west slopes of the desert margins. We've had customer... Learn more
Pinus sabiniana
Pinus sabiniana Gray Pine
Gray Pine. Foothill Pine. This conifer grows fast to 45 ft. in 15 years. It can gradually get to 75'... Learn more
Platystemon californicus
Platystemon californicus Cream Cups
A annual wildflower. In the past it was common in open fields and following fires. Now largely repla... Learn more
Poa fendleriana
Poa fendleriana Mutton Grass
Mutton Grass is so called as it grows a bunch grass in many of the drier plant communities of the we... Learn more
Prunus fasciculata punctata
Prunus fasciculata punctata Sand Almond
Sand almond is a deciduous sub-shrub up to three feet tall. It has small white flowers in spring a... Learn more
Prunus ilicifolia
Prunus ilicifolia Holly-Leafed Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia is an evergreen shrub to tree, average 14 ft. high. Holly-Leafed has clusters of... Learn more
Prunus lyonii
Prunus lyonii Catalina Cherry
(Synonym Prunus integrifolia) An evergreen shrub to tree to 25 ft.. It has white flowers in spikes i... Learn more
Purshia glandulosa
Purshia glandulosa Desert bitterbrush
Desert bitterbrush is anevergreen shrub that grows to 4' tall and 6' across. It is native from Tom's... Learn more
Quercus acutidens x
Quercus acutidens x Scrub Oak
Another of the scrub oaks. This one can usually be differentiated as the bush looks a little differe... Learn more
Quercus cornelius-mulleri
Quercus cornelius-mulleri Mullers Scrub Oak
One of the oaks that used to be lumped with Quercus dumosa.(Now changed to Q. berberidifolia)Another... Learn more
Rhus ovata
Rhus ovata Sugar Bush
Rhus ovata, Sugar Bush is an eight foot evergreen shrub that can grow to twelve feet. This native ... Learn more
Rhus trilobata
Rhus trilobata Squaw Bush Sumac
Rhus trilobata, Squaw Bush Sumac is a very tidy looking deciduous shrub. It has a very attractive ar... Learn more
Ribes indecorum
Ribes indecorum White flowering currant
Ribes indecorum, or White chaparral currant is a deciduous shrub that grows to six feet or so. Whit... Learn more
Salvia apiana
Salvia apiana White Sage
White sage is a two to five foot evergreen perennial. The flowers emerge in summer and are white w... Learn more
Salvia apiana compacta
Salvia apiana compacta Compact White Sage
Compact white sage is about half the size of the regular white sage, but the leaves are the same. Th... Learn more
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Salvia apianaXclevelandii Vicki Romo
Salvia apianaXclevelandii Vicki Romo Vicki Romo white sage
Salvia Vicki Romo was apparently a hybrid between Salvia clevelandii, Salvia apiana, maybe Salvia le... Learn more
Salvia bernardinaX
Salvia bernardinaX
Salvia bernardina X is a naturally occurring hybrid between Salvia columbariae and Salvia mellifera.... Learn more
Salvia brandegei
Salvia brandegei Brandegees Sage
Brandegee's sage, named after an early American botanist, is a beautiful sage with shimmering, blue... Learn more
Salvia carduacea
Salvia carduacea Thistle Sage
A very colorful annual of hot interior areas. ... Learn more
Salvia Celestial Blue
Salvia Celestial Blue Las Pilitas Sage
Celestial Blue Sage is a hybrid between Salvia clevelandii and Salvia pachyphylla or a three way hy... Learn more
Salvia clevelandii Alpine Cleveland sage
Salvia clevelandii Alpine Cleveland sage Musk Sage
A form of Salvia clevelandii that was found near the town of Alpine in San Diego County. The form a... Learn more
Salvia clevelandii Deer Springs
Salvia clevelandii Deer Springs Cleveland Sage
Salvia clevelandii 'Deer Springs' is a Cleveland Sage from Northern San Diego County. It was collect... Learn more
Salvia clevelandii Winifred Gilman Cleveland Sage
Salvia clevelandii Winifred Gilman Cleveland Sage Musk Sage
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Salvia Daras Choice
Salvia Daras Choice
A hybrid between Salvia mellifera and Salvia sonomensis. Dara's Choice grows 3' tall and 3' across ... Learn more
Salvia Gracias
Salvia Gracias Creeping sage
Salvia sonomensis X Salvia clevelandii Gracias is all the information we can find as to the history ... Learn more
Salvia leucophylla
Salvia leucophylla Purple Sage
Purple sage is a three to six foot evergreen shrub with flowers that are light purple in May-Jul.. ... Learn more
Salvia leucophylla Point Sal
Salvia leucophylla Point Sal Low Purple sage
Salvia Point Sal is a gray ground cover that generally grows 3-4 foot across and a few inches tall. ... Learn more
Salvia mellifera
Salvia mellifera Black Sage
Black Sage is a three foot evergreen shrub with white to light blue flowers from March to July. Thi... Learn more
Salvia Pozo Blue
Salvia Pozo Blue Grey Musk Sage
Salvia Pozo Blue is very drought tolerant three foot green-gray perennial. A hybrid of Salvia cleve... Learn more
Senecio douglasii
Senecio douglasii Butterweed
A two-three foot perennial with one-inch yellow daisies. It looks like a grey marguerite. It is usef... Learn more
Simmondsia chinensis
Simmondsia chinensis Jojoba
An evergreen shrub 4 12', dioecious, smooth, gray-green leaves. Native to dry slopes bordering Mojav... Learn more
Solanum umbelliferum incanum
Solanum umbelliferum incanum Bluewitch
Bluewitch is a 1-2' perennial with 1"flowers bright blue, with yellow centers and blooms most of the... Learn more
Sphaeralcea ambigua
Sphaeralcea ambigua Desert Mallow
Desert Mallow is a two foot perennial with many one inch orange flowers on a two to three foot spi... Learn more
Stipa comata
Stipa comata Needle and thread grass
Needle and thread is a tufted little perennial grass that is probably the most wide ranging bunch gr... Learn more
Stipa coronata
Stipa coronata Giant stipa
Giant needlegrass is a bunch grass, 4 ft. high, distinctive, grows in the mountains of central and s... Learn more
Stipa lepida
Stipa lepida Foothill Stipa
A 1-2 ft. perennial bunch grass, native to most of the foothills of California. Native on the nurser... Learn more
Stipa pulchra
Stipa pulchra Purple Stipa
Purple Needle Grass is native throughout our area. Nice plant. Use simply. Leaves are bright green u... Learn more
Stipa speciosa
Stipa speciosa Desert needle grass
(Syn. Achnatherum speciosa) Desert needle grass is a 1-2' bunch grass that is native to Mojave and C... Learn more
Thermopsis macrophylla macrophylla
Thermopsis macrophylla macrophylla
A gray leaved summer perennial. Bright yellow lupin like flowers on a 1-2' plant. Commonly on serpen... Learn more
Trichostema lanatum
Trichostema lanatum Woolly Blue Curls
Woolly Blue Curls is a three to four foot evergreen shrub with flowers violet in fuzzy spikes in May... Learn more
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Trichostema parishii
Trichostema parishii Parish's Romero
Mountain Blue Curls, Trichostema parishii, has a open flower arrangement with delicate, dainty flo... Learn more
Viola pedunculata
Viola pedunculata Violet
California Johnny jump up is a little six inch high perennial that goes dormant in summer. Its flow... Learn more
Yucca whipplei percusa
Yucca whipplei percusa
A 1-3' evergreen stemless shrub. It has cream colored flowers in an 8' spike. The leaves are spine-t... Learn more

This is a partial list for Drought tolerant San Francisco Plants

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Achillea millefolium californica
Achillea millefolium californica Yarrow
(Achillea borealis ssp. californica (Munz)) Western Yarrow, A perennial that spreads by rhizomes. I... Learn more
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Adenostoma fasciculatum 'Black Diamond'
'Black Diamond' Chamise is a nice little dark green shrub with white flowers.... Learn more
Adenostoma sparsifolium
Adenostoma sparsifolium Red Shanks
Red shanks grows from the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara County line south in chaparral, down throug... Learn more
Agoseris grandiflora
Agoseris grandiflora Mountain dandelion
Mountain dandelion is a little perennial with large dandelion seed 'balls'. These 'balls' (head of f... Learn more
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Agrostis hooverii
A small droopy bunch grass that grows in small openings in the coastal sage scrub in San Luis Obispo... Learn more
Ambrosia psilostachya
Ambrosia psilostachya Western Ragweed
A weedy , perennial, native with spreading rhizomes that grows in disturbed areas of native plant co... Learn more
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Anaphalis margaritacea Pearly Everlasting
Pearly Everlasting is a rather weedy perennial that Painted Ladies visit. If you're old and male don... Learn more
Antirrhinum kelloggii
Antirrhinum kelloggii Climbing Snapdragon
Antirrhinum kelloggii(Antirrhinum hookerianum, Antirrhinum strictum, Maurandyra strictum, Asarium st... Learn more
Arctostaphylos Baby Bear Manzanita Bush
Arctostaphylos Baby Bear Manzanita Bush Manzanita by the baby bear
Dark red bark, bright rose pink flowers, liked by hummingbirds, butterflies, bumblebees and other na... Learn more
Arctostaphylos crustacea
Arctostaphylos crustacea Brittleleaf Manzanita
Brittleleaf Manzanita is an evergreen shrub 3-4' in height. The new name is Arctostaphylos tomentosa... Learn more
Arctostaphylos cushingiana
Arctostaphylos cushingiana Mound Manzanita
This species is now considered Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. glandulosa forma cushingiana. A spra... Learn more
Arctostaphylos densiflora Harmony Manzanita
Arctostaphylos densiflora Harmony Manzanita Harmony
Harmony manzanita is an evergreen shrub with pink flowers that commonly grows two or three feet hig... Learn more
Arctostaphylos densiflora Sentinel Manzanita
Arctostaphylos densiflora Sentinel Manzanita Sentinel Manzanita
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel' was selected way back when as an upright floweriest of manzanit... Learn more
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Big Sur Manzanita
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Big Sur Manzanita Dwarf Coastal Manzanita
A knee high sub-shrub manzanita from the Big Sur area of the California coast. Flowers are clear whi... Learn more
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Carmel Sur Manzanita
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Carmel Sur Manzanita Sur Manzanita
Carmel Sur manzanita is a flat evergreen shrub(arches to 3 inches high in middle), with light green ... Learn more
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Danville Manzanita
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Danville Manzanita Big Sur Manzanita
A flat evergreen manzanita(arches to 3 inches high in middle), with light gray-green leaves. A manza... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glandulosa adamsii
Arctostaphylos glandulosa adamsii Laguna Manzanita
Laguna manzanita is a sprawling evergreen manzanita shrub that will form a knee high groundcover. ... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glandulosa campbelliae
Arctostaphylos glandulosa campbelliae Eastwood Manzanita
Evergreen bush manzanita, usually about 4' tall. It has 1 1/2" gray leaves, red- brown stems. Among ... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glandulosa glandulosa
Arctostaphylos glandulosa glandulosa
A very diverse manzanita that grows in the coastal mountains of much of California. The botanists ha... Learn more
Arctostaphylos crustacea eastwoodiana
Arctostaphylos crustacea eastwoodiana Harris Grade manzanita
A very refined manzanita. Foliage is a glossy green. As a groundcover, it is low, 2 1/2 to 3 feet h... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glandulosa zacaensis San Marcos Manzanita
Arctostaphylos glandulosa zacaensis San Marcos Manzanita
A very stable low growing manzanita with green foliage and red bark. Sun to part shade, a little ext... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glauca
Arctostaphylos glauca Big Berry Manzanita
Big berry Manzanita is an evergreen shrub to small tree, with red-brown bark, 7-10' foot high and wi... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glauca Frazier Park Manzanita
Arctostaphylos glauca Frazier Park Manzanita Mt. Pinos Manzanita
This Big Berry manzanita was selected from John's property in the Lake of the Woods/Frazier Park ar... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glauca Los Angeles
Arctostaphylos glauca Los Angeles Los Angeles Big Berry Manzanita
A manzanita from the Santa Monica Mountains. This one was originally in the area of Mullhuland and K... Learn more
Arctostaphylos glauca Ramona Manzanita
Arctostaphylos glauca Ramona Manzanita Ramona Manzanita
A really glorious Big Berry manzanita from the San Vicente/Ramona area. The mother plant was growin... Learn more

 
Arctostaphylos hookeri franciscana Franciscana Manzanita
Arctostaphylos hookeri franciscana Franciscana Manzanita Franciscan Manzanita
Franciscan Manzanita is an evergreen groundcover manzanita, with red bark, two by six feet, that g... Learn more



Arctostaphylos Ian Bush Manzanita
Arctostaphylos Ian Bush Manzanita Manzanita
Ian bush manzanita is fast to four feet and seems to stabilize at five feet with a very open form. T... Learn more



Arctostaphylos insularis
Arctostaphylos insularis Island Manzanita
Island Manzanita is an evergreen shrub to 7', needing sun and good drainage. This one has glossy d... Learn more



Arctostaphylos La Panza
Arctostaphylos La Panza Grey manzanita
La Panza manzanita is a hybrid of Arctostaphylos silvicola and Stanfordiana Bakerii. The foliage sta... Learn more



Arctostaphylos luciana Adelaide Manzanita
Arctostaphylos luciana Adelaide Manzanita Santa Lucia Manzanita
Santa Lucia Manzanita is a rare, evergreen shrub, 3' by 6' with 1" white leaves and red bark. It gro... Learn more



Arctostaphylos Mama Bear Manzanita
Arctostaphylos Mama Bear Manzanita Mama Bear Manzanita
'Mama Bear'manzanita seems to be beautiful, very stable, very blossomy, has a nice form, sprouts bac... Learn more



Arctostaphylos manzanita Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree
Arctostaphylos manzanita Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree Northern California Manzanita
Dr. Hurd Manzanita is an evergreen, multi-branched, treelike hybrid shrub with glossy, light green f... Learn more



Arctostaphylos manzanita Real manzanita
Arctostaphylos manzanita Real manzanita Manzanita Tree
This is the Real Manzanita, Arctostaphylos manzanita from northern California. Bark is red, leaves a... Learn more



Arctostaphylos manzanita_x_densiflora Austin Griffiths Manzanita
Arctostaphylos manzanita_x_densiflora Austin Griffiths Manzanita Austin Griifith's Manzanita
Austin Griffiths Manzanita is a hybrid between Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel' and Arctostaphyl... Learn more



Arctostaphylos Margarita Pearl
Arctostaphylos Margarita Pearl Big Big berry manzanita
Margarita Pearl manzanita is a seedling of Arctostaphylos glauca that has very large flowers and ber... Learn more



Arctostaphylos mariposa
Arctostaphylos mariposa Mariposa Manzanita
Mariposa Manzanita is native to the lower margins of the Sierra chaparral community. (see also A. g... Learn more



Arctostaphylos mewukka
Arctostaphylos mewukka Indian Manzanita
This manzanita species is an evergreen shrub, 3-8' tall, native to the central Sierra Nevada from 25... Learn more



Arctostaphylos morroensis Park View Manzanita
Arctostaphylos morroensis Park View Manzanita Morro Manzanita
Arctostaphylos morroensis, Morro Manzanita is an evergray shrub, 6 feet by eight feet, or smaller. ... Learn more



Arctostaphylos myrtifolia
Arctostaphylos myrtifolia Ione Manzanita
A rare manzanita from the Ione area where it grows on acidic sandy soil on hard pan. The soils vary ... Learn more



Arctostaphylos obispoensis San Luis Obispo Manzanita
Arctostaphylos obispoensis San Luis Obispo Manzanita Serpentine Manzanita
San Luis Obispo Manzanita is an evergray shrub, bush or small tree to 8' tall, with gray fuzzy leav... Learn more



Arctostaphylos otayensis
Arctostaphylos otayensis Otay Manzanita
A gorgeous shrubby tree manzanita. Similar to Arcto. manzanita Dr. Hurd' but more open. Native in th... Learn more



Arctostaphylos Pacific Mist
Arctostaphylos Pacific Mist
A green-green sprawling groundcover manzanita of hybrid origin. This was planting as the entrance gr... Learn more



Arctostaphylos pajaroensis Paradise Manzanita
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis Paradise Manzanita Pajaro Manzanita
Paradise Manzanita, is a sprawling evergreen shrub, that can be used as a ground cover or small bor... Learn more



Arctostaphylos parajaroensis Brother James
Arctostaphylos parajaroensis Brother James Brother James Manzanita
Brother James manzanita is from the eastern edge of the Arctostaphylos parajaroensis population. St... Learn more



Arctostaphylos parryana Snow Lodge Manzanita
Arctostaphylos parryana Snow Lodge Manzanita Parry Manzanita
Arctostaphylos parryana, Parry Manzanita, or Snow Lodge Manzanita, is a very clean, light-green, eve... Learn more



Arctostaphylos pechoensis
Arctostaphylos pechoensis Pecho Manzanita
Pecho Manzanita is a rare evergreen shrub that grows to five feet in height on shaly to sand with h... Learn more



Arctostaphylos pilosula pilosula Atascadero Manzanita
Arctostaphylos pilosula pilosula Atascadero Manzanita Santa Margarita Manzanita
This very gray, fuzzy manzanita with red stems grows 3' to 6' in height. It grows in the central c... Learn more



Arctostaphylos pilosula pismoensis
Arctostaphylos pilosula pismoensis Wells' Manzanita
(Arctostaphylos wellsii) With gray foliage, red trunk and stems, this species is a very clean and ne... Learn more



Arctostaphylos pringlei drupacea Idyllwild Manzanita
Arctostaphylos pringlei drupacea Idyllwild Manzanita Pinkbract Manzanita
This manzanita has slightly fuzzy sticky foliage and flowers. Gray foliage starts out kinda brown pi... Learn more



Arctostaphylos pungens
Arctostaphylos pungens Pointleaf Manzanita
Mexican manzanita is an evergreen shrub around six foot tall, (usually taller than wide) that grows ... Learn more



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