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California Native Plants in Summer

Here are the photos of many native flowers taken in month of August. We're a little later than much of California so for you these natives may be flowering in July, or even late June.
I complied this group of photos by looking at the photos taken in August during the last decade. Most are from the Santa Margarita Garden.
In semi-alphabetical order by genus.
Red Shanks flowers - grid24_12
Red Shanks looks so delicate in the 100 degree heat. It grows from Big Sur to Baja.
A closeup photo of  the flower of Anemopsis californica, Yerba Mansa, a medicinal herb.  - grid24_12
Yerba Mansa grows in really bad soil types as long as it has regular water. This plant stops the big hat ladies in their tracks when they're wandering around complaining about the heat.
Western Columbine was on the edge of a meadow at 7400 ft, 2100 meters in the Sierras but grows fine in most native gardens. This native plant is easy to grow in a shady conventional garden. - grid24_12
Western Columbine likes wet shade, Hummingbirds love.
Anna Hummingbird on a Sierra Columbine. - grid24_12
Our form of Sierra Columbine has yellow flowers but the hummingbirds still like it.
Anna Hummingbird on Aquilegia shockleyi Desert Columbine - grid24_12
Desert Columbine. is grayer and a little taller.
Asclepias fascicularis, Narrow-leaf milkweed with Swallowtail butterfly - grid24_12
Narrowleaf Milkweed flowers for months attracting all sorts of strange insects and butterflies.
Aster chilensis, California Aster - grid24_6
California Aster is another plant that flowers for months in a native garden and acts as a nectary for native bees.
a bouquet of Bahia dissecta - grid24_12
Ragged leaf Bahia is just kinda of weird. A gray little plant that throws up a flower spike of yellow flowers.
Boykinia occidentalis (Coast boykinia). I can never get the pronunciation right. Celeste yells at me for calling it boy-key-ah - grid24_6
Boykinia occidentalis Western Boykinia grows in moist woods.
Calliandra eriophylla, Fairy Duster pink flowers. - grid24_6
Fairy Duster was planted in a spot of hot gravelly soil and seems to be doing fine.
Calystegia macrostegia, California  Morning Glory - grid24_12
California Morning Glory is a vive that flowers for months.
Purplish Morning Glory growing in Escondido - grid24_12
Purplish Morning Glory is a small little vine with big flowers.
This was her best side? - grid24_6
Desert Willow flowers all summer, providing flowers and light shade for a desert or native garden.
The Clematis flowers are delicate and spread all over the vine as they crawl along your fence or trellis. - grid24_12
Western white clematis climbs something and then flowers. So you can have a oak or Coffeeberry. with white flowers.
Corethrogyne filaginifolia California Corethrogyne - grid24_6
California Aster has sprays of little asters.
Erigeron glaucus, Seaside Daisy side view - grid24_12
Seaside Daisy has a long flowering period.
Erigeron glaucus Cape Sebastian Seaside Daisy  with a butterfly - grid24_12
Cape Sebastian form is a little tighter with same flower and also liked by butterflies. Excellent for a miniature native garden.
Erigeron Wayne Roderick Daisy planted as a small groundcover or border. With a little water has worked well everywhere in California we've tried it. - grid24_12
Wayne Roderick is a hybrid of Seaside Daisy.

Summer is the time for Buckwheats

The summer section of a native garden should have lots of buckwheat .
Native insects can bring a small garden alive. So many species of pollinators and predatorsinteracting before your eyes. So much more alive and intelligent than TV.

One buckwheat plant can have a hundred or more insects visiting and interacting at one time.
There are more than 100 species of Buckwheat native to California, here are a few.

A female gasteruption wasp, prey on Mason Bees - grid24_12
Many of the predatorsof bees are also pollinators.
Ash leaf buckwheat with the pink flowers turning rust in fall - grid24_12
Ashyleaf buckwheat is a small shrub that has flowers the insects like.
Long-stem Buckwheat makes amazing dried flower bouquets.  - grid24_12
Longstem Buckwheat is a buzz with life.
California Buckwheat as a ground  cover. No extra water. Native plants are beautiful.  What would a non-native plant look like with no water in midsummer? - grid24_12
California Buckwheat is common throughout much of central and southern California.
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium, Interior Buckwheat growing along Hwy 58 at edge of Carrizo plains. - grid24_6
Interior California Buckwheat grows along the desert edges. Shown here with Rabbit Brush
What a perfect mound of insect pleasure. This Giant Buckwheat is 6 foot wide and four foot tall. Eriogonum giganteum is fast and big. - grid24_12
St. Catherine's Lace is a BIG buckwheat.
Rosy or Red Buckwheat, Eriogonum grande rubescens, used on the edge of a parking lot in San Luis Obispo. - grid24_12
Red Buckwheat is a cute little perennial buckwheat with red flowers.
On one of the mountains in the Big Bear area - grid24_12
Kennedy's buckwheat is a flat little perennial with white flowers.
Eriogonum parvifolium, Cliff Buckwheat overlooking Shell Beach. - grid24_6
Cliff Buckwheat is one of the few plants that can grow on a coastal bluff or a native garden in Fresno.
A Buckeye Butterfly on Sulfur Buckwheat - grid24_12
Sulfur Flower likes gravelly soils.
Shasta Buckwheat or Sulfur  Buckwheat flowers can add a lot of color to a native garden in summer. - grid24_12
Shasta Sulfur Buckwheat is slightly different.
Wright;s buckwheat is SO cute. It can work very well in a small rock garden. - grid24_12
Wright's Buckwheat creeps along the ground then flowers in a daze of pinkish white.
Fallugia paradoxa, Apache Plume, is a delicate shrub with pretty white flowers, and plumose fruits.  - grid24_12
Apache Plume seems to tolerant of most native gardens.
Fremontodendron californicum decumbens, Dwarf Flannel Bush makes a flower show - grid24_12
Dwarf Flannel Bush is a small flannel bush with apricot sized and colored flowers.
Galvezia speciosa, Island Snapdragon, is very sensitive to frost, has pretty red flowers, and ranges from the California Channel Islands to Mexico.  - grid24_6
Island Snapdragon makes a flat groundcover right next to the coast.
Big Leaf Avens, Geum macrophyllum  - grid24_6
Big Leaf Avens is a strange little perennial with yellow flowers and little bur balls that can give the neighbor cat something to play with with he visits your garden.
Grindelia camporum, Giant Gum Plant, with its resinous personality, is still loved by butterflies.  - grid24_6
Giant Gum Plant seems to be attractive to some people.
Grindella hirsutula, Hairy gumplant, flower and buds. - grid24_6
Hairy gumplant is a rather small perennial with a 2 inch yellow flower.
Here are the Matchweed flowers. It will be in flower in summer in the most barren areas of low rainfall. - grid24_6
California Matchweed rooted in one of the hot greenhouse and went ape. It loves heat.
This is an older photo of Holodiscus discolor, Cream Bush, in flower, with the flowering plant perfectly edging the walkway, in our Santa Margarita garden.  - grid24_12
Cream Bush looks all touchy silly, but it gets no water, is in nearly full shade and it flowers every summer in our garden.
Menzies' Goldenbush, Isocoma menziesii - grid24_12
Menzies' Goldenbush, Isocoma menziesii
Isomeris arborea Bladderpod - grid24_6
Bladderpod has been in flower for almost two years. It never stops.
Keckiella breviflora, Yawning Penstemon, is so pale, with purple lines, and ranges from the valley to the mountains of California.  - grid24_6
Yawning Penstemon grows in full sun in parts of the Sierra, but it also grows in shade as we have it here.
Climbing Penstemon, Heart leaved Keckiella, or Heartleaf Keckiella, Keckiella cordifolia  is hanging over our driveway and is native from about Santa Margarita  south to San Diego. This Native Penstemon was all over the north and east slopes of Los Angeles and parts of Southern California. A great addition to a native garden. - grid24_12
Heart Leaved Penstemon is a climber that works on the shady fence of a native garden.
Here you can see the masses of flowers that are produced by Keckiella ternata var. septentrionalis, Whorl Leaf Penstemon. - grid24_12
Whorl Leaf Penstemon grows in full sun or part shade and makes a very good summer show.
lepechinia-ganderi-San-Diego-Pitcher-sage - grid24_12
San Diego Pitcher Sage is a delicate plant that lives in a tough spot.
Landing gear down, and coming in for a sip of nectar from the flowers of Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower, is a unidentified hummingbird.  - grid24_12
Cardinal Flower loves wet spots.
Amazingly, the Lobelia dunnii var. serrata, Dunn's Lobelia, is not being bent over by the weight of a visiting Pale  Swallowtail butterfly in the Santa Margarita nursery.  - grid24_12
You may not see the flower on Blue Lobelia, but the insects sure do.
Lonicera hispidula, Chaparral Honeysuckle, is native in coastal California, seen here  ten feet up in a bush. - grid24_12
California Honeysuckle. likes to climb things.
This bush mallow is native to South California and does well in Los Angeles and San Diego. - grid24_12
Many Flowered Bushmallow has flowers on it from spring into summer.
Maurandya antirrhiniflora, Desert snapdragon on a chain link fence. - grid24_6
Snapdragon Vine doesn't like frost, but does like heat.
Mirabilis californica, wishbone flower. - grid24_12
Wishbone Bush makes a little mound of pink in early to mid-summer.
Mimulus Cardinalis, Scarlet Monkey Flowers attract all sorts of pollinators - grid24_12
Scarlet Monkey Flower flowers from spring through summer. Likes water, hummingbirds like it.

Coyote Mint Smells!

Monardellas flower in late spring and summer. Their fragrance is similar to different brands of toothpaste.
The Coyote mints grow in all of California except the desert. They are all used by butterflies and hummingbirds.
Monardella antonia with Fritilary Butterfly - grid24_12
Butterfly Mint Bush is used by hummingbirds and Butterflies
Monardella linoides stricta, Flaxleaf mountain balm flowers - grid24_12
Flaxleaf monardella flowers every summer.
This young coyote wandered into the nursery one morning, ate an apple, laid down in the cool strawberry plants and then wandered off. - grid24_12
I not sure that Coyotes roll in the Monardellas, or if they are both stinkers. They are both kinda cute though.
Taken in the garden.
This little Hummingbird is working the Red Monardella at very low altitude. - grid24_12
Red Mountainbalm is a favorite of hummingbirds.
Monardella odoratissima - grid24_12
Western Pennyroyal flowers throughout the mountains of Western United States.
Monardella odoratissima australis Southern monardella - grid24_6
Southern Monardella grows in the mountains of Southern California.
This coyote Mint was growing in the open hillsides above Big Sur Coast. Surrounding plants are Sticky  monkey flowers, Yucca whippleii, Golden Yarrow and Deerweed. - grid24_12
San Luis Obispo coyote mint is a fuzzy perennial with flowers that many butterflies, native bees and moths like.
Monardella viridis, Green Monardella in flower - grid24_6
Green Monardella is a very small Coyote mint for a small native garden.
Oenothera hookeri, Evening Primrose, in flower in the Santa Margarita nursery garden. - grid24_12
Hookers Evening Primrose is a weedy native that is loved by black thumbers, hummingbirds , Spinx Moths and Bushtits.
Penstemon thurberi. Thurber's Penstemon - grid24_12
Desert Surprise is a really small Penstemon that grows in the desert.
Salt Marsh Fleabane with a Gray hairstreak, Strymon melinus - grid24_12
Salt Marsh Fleabane likes wet spots.
Potentilla gracilis , Cinquefoil is a little perennial with these yellow flowers. - grid24_12
This little Cinquefoil has bright yellow flowers.
Romneya coulteri,  Matilija Poppy thicket - grid24_12
Matilija Poppy is too big for most gardens. Eight foot tall and 10X15 ft. across is common.
Baldder sage south of Barstow - grid24_12
Bladder-Sage is growing here in almost gravel.
Salvia clevelandii, Alpine sage flowers are fragrant and full of life. - grid24_6
Alpine Cleveland sage flowers for months. A great nectar source for wildlife. Quail love seeds.
This young Anna Hummingbird was working every flower of the Salvia Winifred Gilman - grid24_12
Winnifred Gilman Sage is an old standby that flowers a little more at one time than Alpine Cleveland sage .
Salvia Celestial Blue is REALLY blue. Native plants are wonderfully fragrant and colorful. Celestial Blue has grown into a six ft. bush with no irrigation in both Los Angeles and San Diego. You'll have to water it a few times to start it, but then it's a natural! - grid24_12
Salvia Celestial Blue has a magnificent flower.
Scrophularia atrata, Bumble Bee Plant, or Black Figwort - grid24_12
Black Figwort is a flower for a bouquet.
Sedum oreganum, Green Stonecrop with yellow flowers - grid24_12
Green Stonecrop is a little flat succulent.
Senna covesii, Coues' Cassia flowers - grid24_6
Desert Senna has been easy here.
California Goldenrod is native on the Santa Margarita nursery site. It grows on a north slope in red clay and in most gravel. - grid24_12
California Goldenrod is a common roadside plant.
Solidago canadensis elongata Canada Goldenrod - grid24_12
Canada Goldenrod has big flowers that flower in summer and into fall.
Yellow Butterfly Weed,  Solidago confinis - grid24_6
Yellow Butterfly Weed is a common plant in the mountains. Grows fine in a garden.
Solidago guiradonis GUIRADO'S GOLDENROD - grid24_12
Guirado's Goldenrod. tolerates salty or alkaline soils, full sun to part-shade.
Stachys ajugoides,  Persnickety Pink Pink Hedge Nettle - grid24_12
Pink Hedge Nettle commonly grows along roadsides at the dripline of trees.
Stachys ajugoides rigida,  Bugle Hedgenettle - grid24_12
Bugle Hedgenettle is a is a side plant.
Stachys albens, White hedge nettle gets realy white under drought stress, green in a mountain meadow. - grid24_12
White hedge nettle grows in seasonal seeps.
Stachys bullata, Hedge Nettle plant likes moist sun or part shade. - grid24_12
Hedge Nettle will creep along in wet spots.
Stachys pycnantha Short-spiked Hedge Nettle - grid24_6
Short-spiked Hedge Nettle will grow in full sun, as long as it has regular water.
Symphoricarpos albus laevigatus,  Common Snowberry with hummingbird. - grid24_12
Common Snowberry creeps along into a little thicket.
Trichostema lanceolatum Vinegar weed - grid24_6
Vinegar weed flowers in the dead of summer.
A West Coast Lady on the Verbena lasiostachys, Western Vervain - grid24_6
Western Vervain grows in open fields or in the garden.
This California fuchsia is a fire red thing with red Bert's Bluff flowers. Native plants are amazing! Naturally! This planting was in San Luis Obispo in heavy adobe soil. - grid24_12
Bert's California Fuchsia flowers in a tight mass.
Zauschneria californica Catalina, AKA Epilobium canum, Catalina with an Anna Hummingbird  - grid24_6
Island California Fuchsia is large and upright.
Mattole River California Fuchsia, Zauschneria septentrionalis makes a real flower show - grid24_12
White Leaf Fuchsiamakes a little gray mound, until it does this.
This is one of the California native garden tours showing pictures of native flowers.

A native garden in May (our spring)

A native garden in fall or early winter

California native flowers in a winter garden.

Most summer mornings there is a party going on at several of the bird baths. This seems to be a normal daily ritual.
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An immature male Anna Hummingbird. - grid24_6
There are many other pages that show life in a native garden.

Native Plants attract Hummingbirds

California Birds

Sages

Birdbaths