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Alnus rubra

Alnus rubra Red Alder
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Anemopsis californica

Anemopsis californica Yerba Mansa
Yerba Mansa is a spreading groundcover that has large, waxy, gray-green leaves that lay flat and form mats that from a distance look like a permanent pasture. This is a marsh and creekside plant, that... Learn more.

Artemisia douglasiana

Artemisia douglasiana Mugwort
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Artemisia dracunculus

Artemisia dracunculus Tarragon
(Syn. Artemisia dracunculoides, Artemisia glauca) Tarragon (probably not the variety called French Tarragon, the culinary herb) is a very unattractive weed of disturbed places. Worldwide, maybe native... Learn more.

Aster chilensis

Aster chilensis California Aster
California aster has summer flowers that make showy cheerful displays along roadsides of much of Coastal Southern California. This perennial aster will disappear (or need to be pruned to the ground... Learn more.

Bidens laevis

Bidens laevis Joaquin Sunflower
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Calamagrostis canadensis Blue-joint
Blue Joint grows as a large creeping grass in wet places or meadows from Manitoba to New Mexico, Newfoundland to California. In California Blue-joint lives from about Tulare Co. north in the Sierras, ... Learn more.

Carex fracta

Carex fracta Fragile Sheathed Sedge
A beautiful green perennial that lives in mountain meadows, road cuts, rocky slopes, and seeps. The soil can be fairly dry, but as it dries out the foliage will fade. This sedge looks kinda like som... Learn more.

Carex senta

Carex senta Rough Sedge
A green perennial grass-like plant that grows along creek channels. Plant in cobble for a creek effect, plant with other Carex species, Mimulus species, (that is where the old separation between moi... Learn more.

Carex spissa

Carex spissa San Diego sedge
A gray, perennial, grass-like sedge that grows along creek channels. Very dramatic specimen plant for a conventional garden or wet native garden. Plant in cobble for a creek effect, plant with other... Learn more.

Cyperus eragrostis

Cyperus eragrostis Nutsedge, Umbrella Sedge
Grows in seasonal creeks, wet areas commonly with with Salix lasiolepis, Ambrosia sp., Quercus agrifolia and Populus. Prefers wet soil, clay or gravel. Thrives in a disturbed plant community, rhizomat... Learn more.

Deschampsia elongata

Deschampsia elongata Slender hairgrass
This clumping perennial grass is so soft, and pretty, with really thin soft stems and leaves. Slender Hair Grass disappears in summer (drops to a faint brown patch); is a light grass that blows in the... Learn more.

Elymus glaucus

Elymus glaucus Blue Wildrye
Blue Wild-Rye. This plant species is highly variable, and hybridizes with some other species of wild-rye. It is not related to the cereal rye, except that they are both grasses. This plant is common h... Learn more.

Epipactis gigantea

Epipactis gigantea Stream Orchid
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Equisetum hymale

Equisetum hymale Scouring rush
This Horsetail is wide ranging throughout the world with a very complicated species complex. (Equisetum hiemale, Hippochaete hiemale var. californica) ... Learn more.

Gnaphalium microcephalum thermale

Gnaphalium microcephalum thermale Feltleaf everlasting
(syn. Gnaphalium canescens ssp. thermale, Gnaphalium albidum, Pseudognaphalium thermale) A grey short lived perennial that grows in open loose ground. Common in fresh road cuts or in burned over area... Learn more.

Helenium puberulum

Helenium puberulum What happened to the Flower?
This plant has brought great hoots from less than kind customers. That's the flower? Is the common response. You got to be kidding is another. Personally I think the plant is interesting and a valuab... Learn more.

Heleocharis macrostachya

Heleocharis macrostachya Common Spike Rush
A 1 foot high rhizomatous dark green plant. It looks like a miniature rush, or a funny-looking lawn grass. It needs regular moisture. It grows throughout the west and much of the world along streams, ... Learn more.

Heleocharis palustris

Heleocharis palustris
A one foot high rhizomatous dark green plant. It looks like a miniature rush, or a funny-looking lawn grass. It needs regular moisture. It grows throughout the west and much of the world along strea... Learn more.

Hibiscus californica

Hibiscus californica Rose-Mallow
A large perennial that will die to the ground under any drought stress. Use in an area of seasonal flooding or next to a pond. Flowers are large and showy. Not hardy. We lost ours to cold. (Hibicus ... Learn more.

Hordeum brachyantherum

Hordeum brachyantherum Meadow barley
Meadow Barley grows from Baja California to Labrador, New Mexico to Alaska. A tufted perennial for an interest plant next to a pond or along a moist path. Looks lush with a little water. ... Learn more.

Juncus balticus

Juncus balticus Baltic Rush
Baltic Rush grows in the Baltic Sea area, Canada from Labrador across and down into so. CA., also in S. A. It forms stiff clumps arising from runners and grows around water sources. If you have regula... Learn more.

Juncus dubius

Juncus dubius
A 1-2 ft. tall perennial that spreads by rhizomes along the edges of streams or ponds. Dark green, good fill in, good looking.... Learn more.

Juncus macrophyllus

Juncus macrophyllus Long leaf rush
A rather nondescript spike of green until it flowers. Flowers make a creamy delicate cloud on top of this delicate bunch of stuff that looked like grass. Native from Paso Robles down California in th... Learn more.

Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Cardinal flower is a flat perennial herb with 1-2 inch red flowers in 1-2 foot spike of 20 or more. It grows in bogs. Cardinal flower has nice cut flowers. It is a hummingbird flower. Useful in the ... Learn more.

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