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Santa Margarita, CA 93453

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Plants For Riparian (rivers & creeks)

Salix hindsiana hindsiana

Salix hindsiana hindsiana
A grey willow that is 4-6ft tall in our area. It can get to 15ft in the San Joaquin Valley. It is native all over Calif. (below 3000ft) and into Baja and Oregon. Excellent for stream stabilizing as it... Learn more.

Salix laevigata

Salix laevigata Red Willow
A 10-25\' deciduous tree-shrub. A stream-side plant. It likes full sun and water. Good for stream stabilization. This species is native to much of Ca. thru Ariz. to Utah. It is native on the nursery s... Learn more.

Salix lasiandra

Salix lasiandra Pacific willow
Synonym: Salix lucida ssp. lasiandra. Pacific willow has had a number of name changes and(Red willow, shining willow) but it is a suckering willow that grows in river channels from S. California to Al... Learn more.

Salix lasiolepis

Salix lasiolepis Arroyo Willow
A 10-20\' deciduous shrub or tree. We list it for stream bank stabilization. This one is native to most of Ca. north to Idaho and Alaska. It is native on the nursery site in the seasonal creek. A pion... Learn more.

Salix lasiolepis bracelinae

Salix lasiolepis bracelinae
We have the sub-species Bracelinae mixed in with the species on the site. The sub-species is smaller is size and has narrow leaves.... Learn more.

Salix melanopsis Longleaf Willow
A 10' deciduous bush that is native from Cal.to Wyo. and Alberta. We have a customer that has it on Bear Mountain, 7500' in Kern Co.. Streamside in a 20" rainfall area. Companion plants were Ribes nev... Learn more.

Sambucus mexicana

Sambucus mexicana Tapiro
Mexican elderberry or Tapiro,(... Learn more.

Scirpus californicus

Scirpus californicus California Bulrush
Typical is a clump 10 ft. wide X 100 yds. length, in marshy areas, with Ptoentilla egedii, Salix lasiolepis, Polygonum amphibium var. emersum, Pennisetum clandestinum. Stems triangular, at least abov... Learn more.

Scirpus maritimus Alkali Bulrush
(Syn. S. campestris. S. paludosus, S. robustus, S. pacificus) A creeping perennial with aggressive rhizomes that will fill in a moist creek or salt marsh bank. ... Learn more.

Shepherdia argentea

Shepherdia argentea Silver Buffaloberry
Buffaloberry(Shepherdia argetea) ia a thorny deciduous shrub that is dioecious. Silver buffalo berry has silvery leaves, white stems, and as it gets older, red berries in a wall of thorns. It is nat... Learn more.

Solidago guiradonis

Solidago guiradonis GUIRADO'S GOLDENROD
GUIRADO'S GOLDENROD is bright green with yellow flowers and grows from Morro Bay to upper arroyo Grande and up into the wetter areas in souther San Benito County. In both ends of it's range this Soli... Learn more.

Stachys ajugoides ajugoides Persnickety Pink

Stachys ajugoides ajugoides Persnickety Pink Pink Hedge Nettle
A petite rhizomatous perennial glandular hedge nettle with white/pale pink (with purplish pink markings)flowers, and fuzzy light green leaves. This plant grows in many plant communities, from the c... Learn more.

Stachys albens

Stachys albens White hedge nettle
This hedge nettle is native to moist spots in much of California. A good plant to put under the bird bath, in a dryland garden. Stachys albens will increase by rhizomes to the edge of the moist spot.... Learn more.

Symphoricarpos albus laevigatus

Symphoricarpos albus laevigatus Common Snowberry
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Symphoricarpos rivularis

Symphoricarpos rivularis
(see S. albus laevigatus, http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/667.htm) A 2-4ft deciduous shrub, gradually forming a small thicket 4-6ft wide. Native to the coast ranges, San Luis Obispo north to Alaska. ... Learn more.

Tofieldia occidentalis Western Tofieldia
Western Tofield grows in meadows or along stream from southern Oregon to Tulare County. This lily has many small white flowers in a cluster on a lily base.... Learn more.

Trifolium

Trifolium Clover
Our Native clovers are mostly annuals. We do not sell the seed but we do encourage the plants. The native clovers should not mowed or killed until the flowers are allowed to produce seed. This page ... Learn more.

Urtica holosericea

Urtica holosericea Hoary Nettle
A large perennial that is liked by butterflies and other native insects.(You\'ll hate it as it is a very large stinging nettle.) I\'ve seen it in Carpinteria on a north slope mixed with Ribes speciosu... Learn more.

Verbena lasiostachys

Verbena lasiostachys Western Vervain
California Vervain is an aggressive perennial that is weedy in gardens. In the wild it is a pioneer species that is used by many native butterflies and other insects. In the garden it will grow to 2-3... Learn more.

Viola palustris

Viola palustris Alpine marsh violet
Alpine marsh violet is an easy to grow native violet that grows throughout much of the world. Fritillary butterfly uses violets. This violet is also known as Viola Howellii, V. epipsila, V. repens, V.... Learn more.

Vitis californica

Vitis californica California Grape
California grape is a deciduous vine to 30'. If this grape has no support it will make a nice groundcover and can cover a large greenhouse in 4-5 years. It has clusters of small edible grapes. Bees lo... Learn more.

Vitis girdiana

Vitis girdiana Southern California Grape
Differing from Vitis californica largely in geographic area, Desert Grape is native to Southern California and the islands. Desert Grape has silvery foliage and attractive black fruit. The grapes are ... Learn more.

Washingtonia filifera

Washingtonia filifera California Fan Palm
Hardy to about 10 deg.F.in the desert, ours have come back from 15 deg. with no damage, native to Ca. deserts, will eventually be a 50 ft. tree, very stout trunk. This is more beautiful than the palms... Learn more.

Woodwardia fimbriata

Woodwardia fimbriata Giant Chain Fern
A very large fern. They can get to be 6 ft. tall in the wild and look like Tasmanian Tree fern. This can make a spot look very old.(As in Bedrock or and old Dino movie.) It grows in seeps or springs t... Learn more.

Zauschneria californica Catalina

Zauschneria californica Catalina Island California Fuchsia
The Catalina form of California fuchsia is a fairly large upright flowering perennial. Very showy in late summer and fall when covered with 1-2 inch fuchsia flowers. But the primary reason to plant i... Learn more.

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