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Plants For Central Oak Woodland

Artemisia dracunculus

Artemisia dracunculus Tarragon
(Syn. Artemisia dracunculoides, Artemisia glauca) Tarragon (probably not the variety called French Tarragon, the culinary herb) is a very unattractive weed of disturbed places. Worldwide, maybe native... Learn more.

Asclepias cordifolia

Asclepias cordifolia Purple milkweed
Asclepias cordifolia, Purple milkweed or Heart leafed milkweed is native to northern California,the Sierra Nevada mountains, Oregon, and western Nevada. Purple milkweed grows in all sorts of plant com... Learn more.

Asclepias eriocarpa

Asclepias eriocarpa California Monarch Milkweed
Asclepias eriocarpa, California Monarch Milkweed is a prennial, 3ft large 5in leaves, fruits 4in horns, flowers compound 4-5inch cluster. In our area covered with monarch caterpillars during the summ... Learn more.

Asclepias erosa

Asclepias erosa California Desert Milkweed
(A.leucophylla, A.l. var.obtusa, A.erosa var. obtusa,A.obtusata, A.Rothrockii) Asclepias erosa is a desert milkweed. It has some of the most beautiful silver foliage with hints of purple in the vein... Learn more.

Asclepias vestita

Asclepias vestita Woolly Milkweed
A gray-green sprawling perennial that grows along the east edge of the San Joaquin Valley. One of the milkweeds that are used by the butterflies as a food source. Poisonous to cattle, horses and peopl... 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.

Baccharis viminea

Baccharis viminea Seep Willow
Mulefat is an eight foot evergreen shrub, protect from deer,elk,etc.for first few years, grows from coastal areas to Tex., usually around water sources, but not always. In some areas like where the 14... Learn more.

Baeria chrysostoma

Baeria chrysostoma Coast Goldfields
(Lasthenia californica subsp. californica) Coast Gold Fields are an annual wild flower found in the coast ranges. Although they are small, only about three inches at their best, they are very showy ... 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.

Calandrinia ciliata

Calandrinia ciliata Red Maids
Almost prostrate, spreading annual, the rose-red flowers opening mostly in the afternoon, dotted in fields, open areas of mostly woodland and grassland habitats, sandy or loamy soils, showy in spring,... Learn more.

Calochortus argillosus Clay Mariposa Lily
Located in grasslands, perennial bulb, one ft. hgt., fls. white-lavender, soil clay-serpentine, in areas of higher serpentine, sunny, dry, in summer, assoc. pls., Calystegia subacaulis ssp. epis... Learn more.

Calycanthus occidentalis

Calycanthus occidentalis Spice Bush
Spicebush has fragrant, burgundy flowers, (April-Aug.), that smells kind of like a delicate red wine (if there is such a thing). Native to the mountains of central and northern California. Common a... Learn more.

Calystegia macrostegia

Calystegia macrostegia California Morning Glory
This coastal/Island Morning Glory is a twining vine with large creamy flowers. Calystegia macrostegia is native in rocky areas of coastal chaparral and coastal sage scrub on most of the channel islan... Learn more.

Carex praegracilis

Carex praegracilis Clustered Field Sedge
Common in meadows, open, wet areas, marshes, seeps, seasonally wet edges of ponds, frequently alkaline soil, wide distribution , valleys up to middle elevations in CA, grows in western NA, to central ... Learn more.

Carex serratodens Bifid Sedge
Bifid referring to the top of the fruit covering which is cleft into two parts, , somewhat tufted perennial to 5 ft. hgt., mostly in the coast ranges of CA, more uncommon in the Sierra Nevada, lvs, fl... Learn more.

Carpenteria californica

Carpenteria californica Bush Anemone
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Castilleja subinclusa

Castilleja subinclusa Long-leaf paintbrush
(Castilleja Jepsonii) This paintbrush grows in association with California buckwheat, Desert Buckwheat and great Basin Sage along the east side of the southern Sierras through the Transverse ranges an... Learn more.

Ceanothus cuneatus

Ceanothus cuneatus Buckbrush
Buckbrush or Wedgeleaf Ceanothus is a fragrant evergreen shrub, flowers vary from blue to white, in Mar-May. Native from Oregon to Baja in the coast ranges and Sierra Nevada mountains. Likes full su... Learn more.

Ceanothus cuneatus Sierra mt. lilac

Ceanothus cuneatus Sierra mt. lilac Sierra Buckbrush
This is the Sierra form of Buckbrush, (... Learn more.

Ceanothus roderickii

Ceanothus roderickii Pine Hill Ceanothus
The flattest of the Mtn. Lilacs. Rare, CNPS 1B, R-E-D 3-2-3 State-Fed CR/C1. A very nice little plant. Has some drought tolerance but prefers afternoon shade, good drainage, and 1/week water. NOT EAS... Learn more.

Cercis occidentalis

Cercis occidentalis Western Redbud
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Chaenactis glabriuscula

Chaenactis glabriuscula Pinchusion Flower
Low-growing annual with yellow flowers, very showy when massed, excellent butterfly flower for adult butterflies. Grows in open, sandy areas. Appropriate for unwatered native gardens, or for ecologica... Learn more.

Chenopodium californicum

Chenopodium californicum Indian lettuce
Perennial to 3.5 ft. in height, with a caudex (thickened, woody stem base), flowers are insignificant, best in a wild garden as it shrivels to the ground in the dry season, survives with the aid of i... Learn more.

Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Chlorogalum pomeridianum Soap Lily
Soap Lily has long, strap-like, wavy leaves that lie along the ground, and a loose spike of small white flowers up to 2 feet high, and flowers from around May-August. Soap Lily, Chlorogalum pomeridian... Learn more.

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