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Plants For Pinyon-Juniper Woodland

Acacia greggii

Acacia greggii Wait-a-minute Bush
Cat Claw is a small tree or deciduous shrub, with yellow 2" spikes of flowers. A sunny desert plant that is an effective border patrol. Thorns grab and won't let go. It has survived here in container... Learn more.

Achillea millefolium lanulosa

Achillea millefolium lanulosa Mountain Yarrow
Mountain Yarrow's leaves are smaller and tighter than the common native yarrow in California. The plants are lower to the ground, flowers are as large and a bright, pure white. Achillea lanulosa grow... Learn more.

Adenostoma sparsifolium

Adenostoma sparsifolium Red Shanks
Red shanks grows from the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara County line south in chaparral, down through the L.A. basin in coastal sage scrub and up on the edge of the pine forests in many areas like Mo... Learn more.

Agoseris grandiflora

Agoseris grandiflora Mountain dandelion
Mountain dandelion is a little perennial with large dandelion seed 'balls'. These 'balls' (head of fruits) are up to 2 inches across. Large yellow flowers, leafless flowering stems, leaves near the b... Learn more.

Aquilegia shockleyi

Aquilegia shockleyi Desert Columbine
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Arabis pulchra gracilis

Arabis pulchra gracilis Beautiful Rockcress
Arabis pulchra var. gracilis, or Beautiful Rockcress, is a three foot tall perennial with purple flowers. This colorful perennial is a member of the mustard family. It is very much like wallflower b... Learn more.

Arctostaphylos glauca

Arctostaphylos glauca Big Berry Manzanita
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Arctostaphylos hooveri Hoovers Manzanita

Arctostaphylos hooveri Hoovers Manzanita
Hoovers Manzanita is an evergray 10' X `6' bush with red stems that has proved intractable in our climate and soil. This species has an interesting leaf appearance, because of the long, silvery, hair... 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, evergreen shrubby groundcover 4 ft tall and 6 ft wide.. Parry Manzanita has a pleasing appearance in ... 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" white flowers much like Matilija poppy and is excellent in desert gardens or mountain sites. We don'... Learn more.

Artemisia cana bolanderi Silver Sage
This aromatic little bush makes a little mound of gray. Useful in places like Big Bear where you have an old log and wagon wheel you want to make look like Bodie or Death valley. Use as a small Great ... Learn more.

Artemisia ludoviciana

Artemisia ludoviciana White Sagebrush
Artemisia ludoviciana, White Sagebrush is a rhizomatous perennial native from Baja to Ontario Canada and down to Arkansas. I've only seen it once in the wild and that was at 5500 feet in the San Jacin... Learn more.

Artemisia nova

Artemisia nova Black sagebrush
Black sagebrush grows at slightly higher elevations(5000-11,0000 ft.) than Artemisia tridentata in thin rocky soils. (Artemisia nova, also known as Artemisia arbuscula ssp. nova, A. tridentata subsp.... Learn more.

Artemisia tridentata

Artemisia tridentata Great Basin Sage Brush
An evergray shrub. 4 feet tall and wide. Native to dry areas of the western US. Needs full sun. It is very drought tolerant, needs good drainage. Its seeds are edible. Chewed leaves said to aid diges... Learn more.

Asclepias asperula Antelope Horns
A weird milkweed from the desert mountains. Antelope horns grows from the Southern California desert mountains across to Arkansas and up into Kansas. (syn. Acerates a., Asclepias capricornu ssp. occi... Learn more.

Asclepias californica

Asclepias californica California Milkweed
Asclepias californica, California milkweed is one of the most beautiful milkweeds in California. It has deep purple flowers and almost white gray fuzzy foliage. It is very drought tolerant even occrui... Learn more.

Astragalus coccineus

Astragalus coccineus Scarlet Milkvetch
Scarlet Milkvetch is a low perennial that grows in rocks and washes of the mountains of the California desert. ... 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 creating a visually delightful addition to the garden. This little locoweed grows on the Santa Margarita ... Learn more.

Astragalus lentiginosus idriensis

Astragalus lentiginosus idriensis Purple freckled milkvetch
Purple freckled milkvetch grows under the shade of oaks, junipers and slopes along the west and south side of the San Joaquin Valley. A little Locoweed that looks more like a little lupine.... Learn more.

Atriplex canescens

Atriplex canescens Four-wing Salt Bush
Four-wing Salt Bush is an evergray shrub that grows to 5 ft. Native to dry areas, western U.S. Needs full sun. It becomes very drought tolerant after a few good waterings. The whole plant is edible (y... Learn more.

Baccharis sergiloides

Baccharis sergiloides Squaw Waterweed
A 4-6 ft, shrub that will be leafless under stress. In spring if it is happy it is covered with bright yellow flowers. Native from Inyo to Utah to San Diego.... Learn more.

Balsamorhiza sagittata

Balsamorhiza sagittata Arrowleaf balsamroot
syn Buphthalmum sagittata, Espeletia s., E. helianthoides, Balsamorhiza h.. Arrowleaf balsamroot grows from the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains up in British Columbia and across to Colorado. A large ... Learn more.

Bouteloua curtipendula

Bouteloua curtipendula Side-Oats Grama
A creeping grass that forms a coarse mat of green foliage with two foot spikes of little oat flowers and fruits. This grass grows in much of the Americas. \"Plains and Rocky hills\" is what Abrams de... Learn more.

Bouteloua gracilis

Bouteloua gracilis Blue Gramma
A tufted perennial grass. Florets and seeds are in a distinct ornamental structure. It is native in the upper elevations of the southern California desert mountains to Wisconsin and south into ... Learn more.

Brodiaea pulchella

Brodiaea pulchella Wild Hyacinth
Corms, 1' in height, blue 1" flowers, spring, throughout Ca.,UT, Nev,Ariz.,tolerates most conditions with good drainage, little water after established. Butterfly plant. One of the earlier wildflowe... Learn more.

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