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Plants For Mixed-evergreen Forest

Lonicera hispidula

Lonicera hispidula California Honeysuckle
A climbing deciduous shrub with large pink flowers. Native throughout much of California and up into Washington. California honeysuckle can handle full sun to shade. It's drought tolerant. Use as a ba... Learn more.

Lupinus bicolor

Lupinus bicolor Pigmy-leaved Lupine
A fuzzy little lupine with gray leaves and blue flowers. Useful in revegetation mixes as I've seen it growing on some bad sites. Source: western San Luis Obispo County, California, Godd 9, February 22... Learn more.

Lupinus formosus

Lupinus formosus
A creeping lupine that grows along in much of the California coastal valleys. Grows in openings between the oaks and chaparral. Foliage is silver gray. ... Learn more.

Mahonia nervosa

Mahonia nervosa Longleaf Mahonia
(Berberis nervosa, Mahonia nervosa, Mahonia glumosa, Odostemon nervosa) There are many different common names for this Mahonia, including Oregon Grape, Longleaf Mahonia and Cascade barberry. Longleaf... Learn more.

Mahonia pinnata

Mahonia pinnata Shinyleaf Mahonia
Mahonia pinnata or Berberis pinnata, the name has changed many times, or all it California Oregon grape, that will confuse folks. Whatever, this is a nice looking, dark green bush that grows in shady... Learn more.

Malacothamnus palmeri

Malacothamnus palmeri
The pink flowers set atop a fuzzy gray shrub. It grows in openings in heavy chaparral and mixed evergreen forest. The soil is adobe/shale to red clay. The associated species are Quercus agrifolia, Ade... Learn more.

Malus fusca

Malus fusca Western Crabapple
Oregon Crab Apple grows as shrub or small tree from northern California to the Anchorage Alaska area. Flowers are white, fruit becomes dark purple when ripe. Birds will probably keep you from seeing ... Learn more.

Melica torreyana
Melica torreyana is a delicate little grass of Central and Northern California. You'll find this grass in shaded woods, north slopes.... Learn more.

Mimulus cardinalis

Mimulus cardinalis Scarlet Monkey Flower
A perennial to 3'. It likes sun to full shade and regular water. It has 2" red tubular flowers most of the year. An aggressive seeder that should be used in revegetation or large gardens, (or for thos... Learn more.

Monardella villosa neglecta

Monardella villosa neglecta
Very similar to Monardella Palmeri. It is interesting that both are native on serpentine. M. neglecta is native in the Santa Rosa area. A very nice looking perennial with purple large flowers and purp... Learn more.

Monardella villosa obispoensis

Monardella villosa obispoensis San Luis Obispo coyote mint
This Monardella is a fuzzy little perennial with large pale pinkish lavender flowers that are relished by butterflies, and occasionally a hummingbird that's looking for a breath freshener. Smells li... Learn more.

Oenothera hookeri

Oenothera hookeri Hooker's Evening Primrose
Hoorker's evening primrose is a perennial that grows flat on the ground sending up a 3' spike of 3-4" yellow flowers that open in the evening and morning. Use in the background. It is a heavy seeder,... Learn more.

Osmaronia cerasiformis

Osmaronia cerasiformis Oso Berry
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Pellaea andromedifolia

Pellaea andromedifolia Coffee Fern
Coffee Fern a one or even two foot tall fern that is native to cismontane California. Pellaea andromedaefolia or) andromedifolia is native to sun in cooler climates and to shade at the nursery site. ... 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 of wind, drought, sun to partial shade. Pellea mucronata grows in full unprotected rock cracks abo... Learn more.

Penstemon neotericus

Penstemon neotericus Keck Penstemon
A 1-2' perennial with grey foliage and bright blue 1" flowers that start out yellow. The flowers are decent but the plant is not vigorous and unstable in many settings (even though our soil and climat... Learn more.

Penstemon procerus brachyanthus

Penstemon procerus brachyanthus Pincushion Beardtongue
Pincushion Beardtongue grows in the coastal forests of Oregon and northern California. The plants are smaller than the straight species. Flowers are similar size but the cluster is smaller. Verticill... Learn more.

Penstemon rattanii

Penstemon rattanii Rattan's beardtongue
Penstemon rattanii native is to northern coastal California. It has purple 1 1/2 inch flowers on 2 feet tall stalks, dark green leaves. Tolerates garden water as long as it has good drainage. It will... Learn more.

Physocarpus capitatus

Physocarpus capitatus Ninebark
Physocarpus capitatus, or Ninebark, is a deciduous bush with tiny white flowers in 3"-5" clusters, flowering May through July. Native to the coast ranges and the Sierra Nevada mountains to British Co... 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. It is difficult for us, but usually of in a native garden. Do not try if you have not planted native... Learn more.

Pinus attenuataXradiata

Pinus attenuataXradiata Monty Knob
A hybrid developed for interior plantings. It is ok, more stable than Monterey Pine. Similar in many ways to Knobcone but faster. Use on a spot where you want a small (30-40' ) pine . In most cases th... Learn more.

Pinus coulteri

Pinus coulteri Coulter Pine
Coulter pine is a green to grey conifer that is native to the central and southern coast ranges of California. Stocky and gray inland, tall and greener in the forest. At lower elevations hard to tell ... 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' in 200 years. The foliage is gray green,lacy, fairly open and it is sometimes called the see-throug... Learn more.

Pityrogramma triangularis

Pityrogramma triangularis Goldenback Fern
A 1 foot fern. It goes dormant in summer without water. It has dark green fronds, the underside coated with a yellowish powder. In the nursery it is native to shady, rocky areas. Native to cismontane ... Learn more.

Platanus racemosa

Platanus racemosa California Sycamore
A fast 75' deciduous tree. It will grow to 15-20 ft. in 5-10 years. It is along creeks in the foothills and coast ranges of Calif.. It takes takes wind, heat, but not drought tolerant until establishe... Learn more.

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