Diplacus rutilus, velvet red monkey flowers. - grid24_12
Diplacus (Mimulus) longiflorus Var. rutilus, Pasadena Red Monkey Flower, Pasadena red monkey flower was planted in full shade here and has never been watered. Although we've used it in full sun everywhere else, we've lost every one we've put in full sun here.
Fremontodendron californicum California Flannel Bush. Also known as Fremontia. - grid24_12
Fremontodendron californicum, California Flannel BushCalifornia Flannel Bush is an evergreen shrub that can reach 10 ft high. It is drought tolerant and cold tolerant. It prefers well drained soil.
Christmas berry or Toyon with berries is what Hollywood was named after. Toyon will grow in most of Los Angeles with no water after first year. - grid24_12
Heteromeles arbutifolia, Christmas Berry Christmas berry or Toyon is a large dense evergreen shrub. Toyon grows 6 to 8 ft tall and 4to 5 ft wide. It is covered with red berries around Christmas. The birds love this shrub. They use it for cover and eat the berries. It will grow in part shade or full sun.
Heuchera merriamii, Siskiyou Alum Root, is very diminutive, with delicate creamy white flowers, and is at its best grown in groups. of three or more.  - grid24_12
Heuchera merriamii, Siskiyou Alum Root Siskiyou alum root has bright green foliage and cream colored flowers. It is very cold tolerant.

Shade is relative to what climate you live in.

Many of the plants on this page grow in full sun along the coast, but in the interior they are much happier with some shade. Also many of these species will grow in full shade, but they may not flower as much.

Fremontodendron californicum decumbens, Dwarf Flannel bush or Apricot flower - grid24_12
Dwarf Flannel Bush, Fremontodendron californicum ssp. decumbens.We've lost more Fremontias to under watering than to over watering in sandy soils that they prefer. (In clay soils plant them on a rock mound.)
An old picture of Fremontia Ken Taylor - grid24_12
Fremontodendron californicum ssp. californicum X californicum ssp. decumbens, 'Ken Taylor'. We planted 4 barely rooted plants a year ago, then watered them 2 to 3 times and forgot about them. The ones in the shade died and the ones in part shade (not much just enough to take the heat off) are 6 ft. across and 3 ft. tall.
Heuchera hirsutissima, Idyllwild Rock Flower, is here shown massed together, in its natural mountain habitat.  - grid24_12
Heuchera hirsutissima, Idyllwild Rock Flower likes moist areas. It does well in part shade. It is very cold tolerant as it is native at high elevations.
Heuchera maxima, Island Alum Root - grid24_12
Heuchera maxima, Island Alum Root has large palmate leaves and tall creamy flower stalks. It likes part or full shade. It seems pretty drought tolerant if it has a lot of mulch.
This pink alum root came from the bottom end of it's elevation and looks like it has some Heuchera micrantha in it. - grid24_12
Heuchera micrantha, Alum Root is very floriferous. Flowers are cream colored and denser than H. maxima,not as cold tolerant as Siskiyou alum root but more tolerant than Island alum.
Douglas Iris can vary from blue through violet into a kinda blueish-pink. - grid24_12
Iris douglasiana, Douglas Iris is a delicate native iris with deep purple flowers. It is very drought tolerant in the shade. It likes a little mulch. It does well in part or full shade.
An old photo of Keckiella ternata, Summer Bush Penstemon, Scarlet Keckiella, Whorl Leaf Penstemon - grid24_12
Keckiella ternata, Summer Bush Penstemon is a bush Penstemon is similar to climbing bush Penstemon but it is a bit neater. It makes a nice open shrub about 3 ft tall. The foliage is shiny and dark green.
Lepechinia fragrans, Wallace's Pitcher Sage, grows well in filtered shade, and more flowers in morning sun. - grid24_12
Lepechinia fragrans, Wallace's Pitcher sageWallace's Pitcher sage has fuzzy foliage and purple flowers. It is very floriferous even in shade. It doesn't like dense shade. It is drought tolerant.
Lonicera interrupta, Chaparral Honeysuckle, is a quiet background plant that grows well in the shade of oaks, and also likes morning sun.  - grid24_12
Lonicera interrupta, Chaparral Honeysuckle Chaparral honeysuckle is very drought tolerant.
A Checkerspot Butterfly  on a Mahonia nevinii - grid24_12
Mahonia neviniii is a very showy shrub with prickly but just don't plant it near a walk way. It has gray holy-like leaves. In spring it is covered in yellow flowers that are popular with insects.
Monardella antonia with Fritilary Butterfly - grid24_12
Monardella antonina, Butterfly Mint Bush Butterfly mint is a fragrant little perennial with purple flowers. The flowers are a big hit with butterflies. Butterfly mint likes part shade or full sun.
Western Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana demissa - grid24_12
Prunus virginiana demissa, Choke Cherry has large white flower clusters. It has soft foliage and an open erect form.
Mexican Elderberry, Western Elderberry berries can be eaten raw by some, other folks will be violently ill if they eat them raw. If cooked, all seem to be fine with them. - grid24_12

Sambucus mexicana, Elderberry Elderberry is a small tree with fragrant yellow flowers and bluish black berries. The berries are used to make wine and cobbler. It makes an excellent little shade tree.
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