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Plants For Coastal Sage Scrub

Ceanothus verrucosus

Ceanothus verrucosus Wart-Stemmed Ceanothus
Wart-Stemmed Ceanothus is an evergreen shrub averaging five-eight feet in height, and a little narrower in width. Wart-stemmed ceanothus is so called because of the bumpy, rough stipules where the le... Learn more.

Ceanothus Wheeler Canyon

Ceanothus Wheeler Canyon Blue Mtn. Lilac
A hybrid Ceanothus that looks a great deal like a squat 'Concha'. Flowers are small but numerous. Often covering the entire plant. 'Wheeler Canyon' stays in the 6-ft height range, but can sprawl to ... Learn more.

Cercocarpus betuloides

Cercocarpus betuloides Mountain Mahogany
Mountain Mahogany is an evergreen shrub, found in Oregon, California, and east to the Rocky Mountains. The whole plant appears silvery in the late summer through fall, due to the feathery fruits. The... Learn more.

Chenopodium californicum

Chenopodium californicum Indian lettuce
Perennial to 3.5 ft. in height, with a caudex (thickened, woody stem base), flowers are insignificant, best in a wild garden as it shrivels to the ground in the dry season, survives with the aid of i... 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 white flowers up to 2 feet high, and flowers from around May-August. Soap Lily, Chlorogalum pomeridian... Learn more.

Chrysopsis villosa echioides

Chrysopsis villosa echioides Hairy Golden-aster
Telegraph Weed. . A hairy, perennial, branching near the upper portion of the plant, with many varieties that ranges throughout California in several plant communities. Flowers yellow and showy. Sy... Learn more.

Cirsium californicum

Cirsium californicum California Thistle
A biennial or short-lived perennial.... Learn more.

Cirsium occidentale venustum

Cirsium occidentale venustum Red Thistle
Venus Thistle is a rather large, tomentose, ( covered with short, soft, matted, white hairs) biennial (sometimes annual) thistle with 1-2" bright red flowers. Very showy. Can grow to six feet tall.... Learn more.

Clarkia bottae

Clarkia bottae Farewell-to-spring
Clarkia bottae is an annual much like Clarkia amoena but with slightly larger flowers. Clarkia bottae tolerates full sun, seaside conditions, alkaline soil, salt, and clay. This farewell-to-spring spe... Learn more.

Clarkia purpurea

Clarkia purpurea Winecup clarkia
Clarkia purpurea is an annual wildflower that grows from Santa Barbara to Marin County and inland to the western Sierras. This is a wildflower so we do not grow it. It is a nice annual but it cannot c... Learn more.

Clematis pauciflora

Clematis pauciflora
A small cute perennial that would work well in small perennial gardens. This one doesn't need nearly as much water as it grows in the coastal sage scrub, mixed with the shrubs. Xylococcus, Ceanothus, ... Learn more.

Cneoridium dumosum

Cneoridium dumosum BerryRue
An evergreen shrub 2-3' with a sprawling habit that lends itself to being a high groundcover in hot dry areas. In the desert areas plant under an Acacia Greggii or Chilopsis to give some shade in the ... Learn more.

Collinsia heterophylla

Collinsia heterophylla Chinese Houses
An annual that grows on north slopes, under trees, etc. in shady places. We commonly see it with Clarkia unguiculata in this area. It has a 1' spike of pale purple to pink flowers. Very showy.... Learn more.

Comarostaphylis diversifolia planifolia

Comarostaphylis diversifolia planifolia Summer Holly
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Coreopsis gigantea

Coreopsis gigantea Giant Coreopsis
Coreopsis gigantea, Giant Coreopsis, is a perennial to 4 feet. Giant Coreopsis looks like a tropical tree with 3 inch yellow daisies on top, and the dried lower leaves bending down to cover the trunk... Learn more.

Coreopsis maritima

Coreopsis maritima Beach Coreopsis
Perennial, 2 feet high, yellow flowers, spring to summer. Native to coast dunes, south dunes, south coast. It likes full sun, water until established only, and is intolerant of frost. It's wind toler... Learn more.

Corethrogyne filaginifolia

Corethrogyne filaginifolia California Corethrogyne
California Aster, the original common name was California Corethrogyne. (Lessingia filaginifolia, Aster filaginifolia, Aster tomentellius, Aplopappus haenkei, Corethrogyne tomentella, Corethrogyn... Learn more.

Corethrogyne filaginifolia Silver carpet

Corethrogyne filaginifolia Silver carpet Common Corethrogyne
(Lessingia filaginifolia, Aster filaginifolia, Aster tomentellius, Aplopappus haenkei, Corethrogyne tomentella, Corethrogyne filaginifolia tomentillia, Corethrogyne californica tomentellus) Silver c... Learn more.

Crossosoma californicum

Crossosoma californicum Catalina rockflower
Crossosoma californicum is 3-5' semi-evergreen unless under stress, then becomes an unbecoming perennial. Native to the Channel Islands and the Palo Verde Peninsula. 1" white flowers from January t... Learn more.

Croton californicus

Croton californicus Croton
A small, gray-scurfy perennial, with no perceptible flowers, grows in open areas between shrubs such Ericameria ericoides, Salvia mellifera, Artemisia californica.Lives in the coastal sage scrub and ... Learn more.

Cryptantha clevelandii Cryptantha
Small annual, grows in sandy or rocky areas, sometimes serpentine, with tiny, insignificant white flowers, with hairy leaves and stems, fine for a wild garden. sNCo, sNCoRI, CW, SCo, ChI, Baja, CA.... Learn more.

Cucurbita foetidissima

Cucurbita foetidissima Coyote Melon
A coarse, trailing perennial, with gray-green, rough leaves, yellow flowers, and a large root, undergoes dormancy after flowering and fruiting. Occurs often in sandy areas. Produces a gourd, not edibl... Learn more.

Cucurbita palmata

Cucurbita palmata Coyote Gourd
Coyote Melon grows in many soils from the edge of the coastal sage scrub through the desert into Nevada and Arizona. A native gourd that develops a large root that supports the rather weird moth Melit... Learn more.

Danthonia californica

Danthonia californica California Oat Grass
California Oat Grass looks like a lawn in its favorite habitat, in open areas between coastal pines. Actually, it was a roadside drainage ditch in front of a new house before they completely razed t... Learn more.

Daucus pusillus

Daucus pusillus Wild Carrot
Wild Carrot is an annual wildflower that we sometimes have in our pots. It has been called Rattlesnake weed for it's supposed properties as a poultice on rattle snake bites. Chew it up and stick on... Learn more.

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