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Agave deserti

Agave deserti Desert Agave
A clumping, almost stemless plant that usually grows in colonies, new plants being produced by basal lateral shoots, and the individual plants are several feet wide. The leaves, arising from a wood... Learn more.

Agave utahensis nevadensis

Agave utahensis nevadensis Century Plant
Clark Mountain Agave is native to east Mojave desert on limestone soils around the area of Clark Mt.The flowering stems are not branching as in Agavi deserti, but the flower clusters arise along the... Learn more.

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.

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.

Atriplex lentiformis Breweri

Atriplex lentiformis Breweri Brewers Salt Bush
This is now considered A. lentiformis ssp. lentiformis. Formerly it was thought a separate ssp. of A. lentiformis, because coastal plants had larger leaves and fruits. A large evergreen shrub to 8 ft... Learn more.

Atriplex lentiformis lentiformis Salt Bush
A large evergreen shrub to 8 ft.. Native in coastal Ca. to 100 miles inland. Very alkali tolerant. A plant for wind breaks, borders, and range management. Not a beautiful plant (A. canescens looks bet... Learn more.

Atriplex polycarpa

Atriplex polycarpa Alkali Saltbush
Shrub, gray-white, not the prettiest but the toughest, used for bird and animal cover in revegetation. Dioecious. (Note: The Atriplexes from arid enviroments have a C4 photosynthetic pathway which is... Learn more.

Atriplex spinifera

Atriplex spinifera Spinescale
Rhis Atriplex is a four foot grey shrub. Native from eastern SLO Co. to Fresno and east. Plant in the dry interior areas for wildlife. (Note: The Atriplexes from arid enviroments have a C4 photosynt... Learn more.

Calyptridium monandrum
Annual, low, spreading stems or flat to the ground, leaves in a basal rosette, flowers minute, in sandy, open areas, coast, chaparral, desert, forest. disappears after flowering. sSN, Teh, sSnJV, SCoR... 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.

Delphinium parishii

Delphinium parishii Sky Blue Larkspur
As Delphinium cardinale but blue, more drought tolerant but less garden tolerant.... Learn more.

Encelia actoni

Encelia actoni Mountain bush sunflower
Mountain bush sunflower is a perennial shrub, 4 ft. tall with yellow daisy flowers. Grey foliage and yellow flowers stand out in a garden. Needs sun and very limited water after the first summer. Gr... Learn more.

Ephedra californica

Ephedra californica California Jointfir
Evergreen shrub, 5 ft., dry areas, central and southern California, and stems used for tea. Ephedra spp. are good wildlife plants. Grows with Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium, Encelia actoni, Bricke... Learn more.

Eriogonum elongatum Longstem Buckwheat
Longstem Buckwheat is the buckwheat for dried flowers. The long delicate wands of gray foliage and pink flowers make a great foil for ferns and roses. Use in a neglected rock garden, rock face you don... Learn more.

Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium

Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium Interior California Buckwheat
California interior buckwheat is as Eriogonum fasciculatum but grayer and tougher, hardy to -20 F . The two varieties of California buckwheat (polifolium and foliolosum) overlap in many areas, most no... Learn more.

Eriogonum inflatum

Eriogonum inflatum Desert Trumpet
A funny-looking perennial with small pink flowers on a 3' stalk. The stalk is inflated in the middle. This plant ranges from the drier areas of California to Arizona and Colorado. Hoover says it is a... Learn more.

Eurotia lanata

Eurotia lanata Winterfat
Synonyms: Eurotia lanata, Krascheninnikovia lanata and Ceratoides lanata ( You may find it listed either way as the botanists cannot agree, other than to make life difficult.) Winter Fat is a 2-3' pe... Learn more.

Grayia spinosa

Grayia spinosa Hopsage
Western deserts up to 7000 ft., evergreen shrub to 4 ft., seeds and leaves vary from dark green to brilliant red, a nice addition to a dry landscape. It is well armed. (The last person I showed this p... Learn more.

Gutierrezia sarothrae

Gutierrezia sarothrae Snakeweed
Snakeweed is a nice little subshrub or small shrub that frequents the drier areas of the west. You'll find it from Baja up into Saskatchewan and across to Texas, making a bright yellow sunny spot in... Learn more.

Lasthenia glabrata

Lasthenia glabrata Goldfields
A small little early spring annual that is a pioneer species in many bad habitats. In the San Joaquin Valley it makes mass displays of bright yellow in areas that are still intact. It will grow in any... Learn more.

Maurandya antirrhiniflora

Maurandya antirrhiniflora Snapdragon Vine
A 6-10' long vine of thread-like stems bearing 1" magenta or purple-blue flowers. (It is a surprise which you will get as they seem to change even after we sort them.) It can be very showy on a sunny ... Learn more.

Monolopia lanceolata

Monolopia lanceolata Common Monolopia
A very showy annual native that lives in openings throughout the interior. Monolopia is one of the annuals that were part of the spring flush(moisture and energy capture) of many of the interior (non... Learn more.

Montia perfoliata

Montia perfoliata Miner's Lettuce
The delicate little plants commonly under Oaks in spring. These plants give the appearance of a lush fairy woodland to the Nursery in Spring, by mid-summer they've completely disappeared. Other forms ... Learn more.

Oenothera caespitosa marginata

Oenothera caespitosa marginata Evening Primrose
A short-lived perennial (ours seem to last 5-6 years). The native range is in the desert ranges from S.Ca. to E.Wash and Utah. It has white-pink 3" flowers that fade to pink. The 12" leaves are from b... Learn more.

Opuntia treleasei

Opuntia treleasei Bakersfield Cactus
Historically, Bakersfield cactus covered large areas of the southern San Joaquin Valley. Our plants came from Jack Zaninovich who had a little nursery that grew plants for the Kern chapter of Californ... Learn more.

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