Plants For Central Oak Woodland

Chrysopsis villosa echioides Hairy Golden-aster - grid24_12
Chrysopsis villosa var. echioides Hairy Golden-aster

Telegraph Weed. . A hairy, perennial, branching near the upper portion of the plant, with many varieties that ranges throughout California in several plant communities. Flowers yellow and showy. Sy... Learn more.

A Buckeye butterfly sipping nectar from a flower of Chrysothamnus nauseosus, Rabbitbrush. - grid24_12
Chrysothamnus nauseosus Rabbitbrush

Rabbit brush is a nondescript two to four foot perennial that erupts in late summer with a passionate display of appealing yellow that has stopped many an artist and butterfly. It is native in many f... Learn more.

A Pale Swallowtail butterfly sipping nectar from the red flowers of Cirsium occidentale var. venustum, Red Thistle. - grid24_12
Cirsium occidentale var. venustum Red Thistle

Venus Thistle is a rather large, tomentose, ( covered with short, soft, matted, white hairs) biennial (sometimes annual) thistle with 1-2" bright red flowers. Very showy. Can grow to six feet tall.... Learn more.

Speckled Clarkia or Farewell to Spring - grid24_12
Clarkia cylindrica Speckled Clarkia

Speckled Clarkia or one of the flowers called Farewell to Spring. We do not sell these as container plants. They are rapidly being replaced by Ripgut, Bromus diandrus as they favor the same situation... Learn more.

Farewell to spring, Clarkia purpurea is also known as Purple Clarkia or Winecup Clarkia - grid24_12
Clarkia purpurea Winecup clarkia

Clarkia purpurea is an annual wildflower that grows from Santa Barbara to Marin County and inland to the western Sierras. This is a wildflower so we do not grow it. It is a nice annual but it cannot c... Learn more.

Clarkia, Garland Flower, Mountain Garland, Clarkia unguiculata - grid24_12
Clarkia unguiculata Mountain Garland

Mountain Garland is a delicat annual with slender petaled pink flowers up a 2-3' stem. Works well in high shade, Oak understory. Useful on north or east slopes up to and under oaks and pines. Native o... Learn more.

This is a closeup photo of the whorled flowers of Collinsia heterophylla, Chinese Houses. - grid24_12
Collinsia heterophylla Chinese Houses

An annual that grows on north slopes, under trees, etc. in shady places. We commonly see it with Clarkia unguiculata in this area. It has a 1' spike of pale purple to pink flowers. Very showy. Learn more.

Corethrogyne filaginifolia California Corethrogyne - grid24_12
Corethrogyne filaginifolia California Corethrogyne

California Aster, the original common name was California Corethrogyne. (Lessingia filaginifolia, Aster filaginifolia, Aster tomentellius, Aplopappus haenkei, Corethrogyne tomentella, Corethrogyn... Learn more.

Close up of the fruit of Crataegus douglasii  - grid24_12
Crataegus douglasii Western Thorn Apple

The Douglas Hawthorn is a delightful small tree from western creek banks and north slopes. The fruit is relished by birds, the foliage admired by the people. Ours has had flame orange foliage in fall... Learn more.

Cucurbita foetidissima, Coyote Melon flowers - grid24_12
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.

Cupressus macnabiana (MacNab Cypress or Shasta Cypress)  - grid24_12
Cupressus macnabiana MacNab cypress

Native to the foothills surrounding the Sacramento Valley in northern California. Fast to 12 ft. then slow to 40 ft. An evergreen tree with branching near base. Flat sprays like thuja. A fragrant, nic... Learn more.

Cupressus nevadensis, Piute Cypress could be used as a gray hedge. - grid24_12
Cupressus nevadensis Piute Cypress

Piute Cypress is a small tree that grows in the mountains of Kern County. Fast to 20' then slowly to 30'. C. nevadensis has very grey foliage. The temperature was -15 F on the site where these grow th... Learn more.

American Wild Carrot. This one was in a pot and very happy so the flowers are very large. In the wild they can be  a centimeter across on a little dinky plant.  - grid24_12
Daucus pusillus Wild Carrot

Wild Carrot is an annual wildflower that we sometimes have in our pots. It has been called Rattlesnake weed for it's supposed properties as a poultice on rattle snake bites. Chew it up and stick on... Learn more.

Here is a closeup photo of the red flowers of Delphinium cardinale, Scarlet Larkspur. - grid24_12
Delphinium cardinale Scarlet Larkspur

A 2' perennial with flowers in a 4' red spike. July- Aug., 1" red flowers worked by hummingbirds. They lived on our gallons in the nursery. Native in coast ranges, Monterey south. It has nice cut flow... Learn more.

Deschampsia elongata Slender hairgrass - grid24_12
Deschampsia elongata Slender hairgrass

This clumping perennial grass is so soft, and pretty, with really thin soft stems and leaves. Slender Hair Grass disappears in summer (drops to a faint brown patch); is a light grass that blows in the... Learn more.

Here is a healthy specimen of Dicentra chrysantha, Golden Eardrops. - grid24_12
Dicentra chrysantha Golden Eardrops

Dicentra chrysantha, Golden Eardrops, is a gray perennial 2 feet tall with 4 feet spikes of yellow flowers. Flowers May - July. Found in the interior coast ranges and Sierra Nevada Range. cold tolera... Learn more.

Dicentra formosa, Pacific  Bleeding Heart, grows in the forests of the  mountains of California.  - grid24_12
Dicentra formosa Pacific Bleeding Heart

Pacific Bleeding Heart (sometimes called Dutchman's Britches) is a 12-18 inch perennial with clusters of delicate, pink flowers in summer. A rock garden plant that grows in damp, places. This Dice... Learn more.

The sticky monkey flower - grid24_12
Diplacus aurantiacus Sticky Monkey Flower

Diplacus aurantiacus, Sticky Monkey flower is the coastal form of Mimulus aurantiacus, a perennial with 1" orange flowers that likes partial shade if planted in the interior sun if it is along the c... Learn more.

The yellow monkey flower from the Southern Sierra - grid24_12
Diplacus calycinus Rock Monkey Flower

Diplacus calycinus, Kaweah River bush Monkey Flower, is a little startling to see; a lovely butter-yellow-flowered monkey flower in full sun amongst the cacti and saltbush or sticking out of what ap... Learn more.

Dodecatheon clevelandii, Padre's Shooting Star, blooms in late winter in San Luis Obispo county, California. - grid24_12
Dodecatheon clevelandii Padre's shooting star

Small perennial, goes dormant in summer, has a 1 foot high flower cluster with 1/2 inch shooting stars, good in woodland garden or north slope. We ship them in Jan-Feb. This plant is one of the first ... Learn more.

Dodecatheon hendersonii buds - grid24_12
Dodecatheon hendersonii Broad leafed shooting star

Broad-leafed shooting star is a nifty little early-spring perennial of the cool shady woods of central California and up into British Columbia, only growing in the mountains of southern California. I... Learn more.

Leymus condensatus, Giant wildrye and syn. Elymus condensatus is more like a small bush - grid24_12
Elymus condensatus Giant Wild Rye

A large clumping green grass. Native in the interface zone between plant communities or in openings. Commonly in areas that have seeps in winter. Drought resistant in most areas. In the desert areas, ... Learn more.

Leymus triticoides - creeping wild rye, Valley Wild rye, alkali rye flowers.  I'm not sure how many times they've flipped from Elymus to Leymus and back. - grid24_12
Elymus triticoides Alkali Rye

Elymus triticoides - Creeping Wild-Rye, Valley Wild-Rye, or Alkali Rye, is native in moist bottom lands throughout much of the west. Looks like a cross between Bermuda grass and Salt grass. Use as you... Learn more.

Ephedra californica, California Ephedra, is a primitive plant and grows in dry areas of California. - grid24_12
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.

Ericameria arborescens, Golden Fleece after dark - grid24_12
Ericameria arborescens Golden Fleece

A very fast growing large perennial that looks like a cross between a margarite and rabbit brush. Use in sunny rocky spots for dramatic color or to stablize the site until the pines or oaks kick in. P... Learn more.

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