Plants For Chaparral

An old photo of Abronia villosa var. aurita, Sand Verbena, from the south coast of California. - grid24_12
Abronia villosa var. aurita Sand Verbena

Abronia villosa var. aurita has larger flowers than Abronia villosa var. villosa. It is found on the coastal side of the southern California mountains in chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communi... Learn more.

The new growth is reddish on Acalypha californica, Copper Leaf, a California plant in the Euphorbiaceae.  - grid24_12
Acalypha californica Copper Leaf

Evergreen shrub (perennial) 3 ft. high, native to Baja and San Diego, red catkin -type flower clusters and leaf color make it a neat attractive plant effective in coastal gardens. This plant looks ver... Learn more.

Box Elder tree,  Acer negundo californicum with fall color in fog. - grid24_12
Acer negundo var. californicum California Box Elder

California Box Elder is a deciduous tree, usually 30', possible to 50'. Native to the mountains of central and northern California. Acer negundo var. californicum has a bad rap because of the box el... Learn more.

Achillea millefolium californica Yarrow with Hair Streak - grid24_12
Achillea millefolium var. californica Yarrow

Western Yarrow is a small perennial that spreads by rhizomes. It varies by locale from 1-4'. The cream-colored (off-white?) flowers are in 3- 4"clusters. It's native to the western U.S. and is drought... Learn more.

Achillea millefolium rosea Island Pink Pink Yarrow  - grid24_12
Achillea millefolium var. rosea 'Island Pink' Pink California Yarrow

(Achillea borealis ssp. californica (Munz)) Island Pink. Yarrow is a perennial that spreads by rhizomes. It varies by locale from one to four feet. Some plants of each population will have 3- 4"clu... Learn more.

Woolly Blue curls and Adenostoma fasciculatum (Chamise or Greasewood) in flower. - grid24_12
Adenostoma fasciculatum Chamise

Chamise tends to be a medium to large shrub, 3-10 ft., tall. Native to the coast ranges (Mendocino and Lake County south to Baja) and Sierra Nevada mountains (From about Tehama County, south). a very ... Learn more.

Adenostoma fasciculatum ''Black Diamond''

'Black Diamond' Chamise is a nice little dark green shrub with white flowers. Learn more.

Adenostoma fasciculatum Prostrate Chamise - grid24_12
Adenostoma fasciculatum 'Prostrate Chamise' Prostrate Chamise

A dwarf Chamise that stays smaller than the regular variety and creeps along the ground. In the wild it occurs with Pinus remorata,  Comarostaphylis diversifolia planifolia, Arctostaphylos insula... Learn more.

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Adenostoma sparsifolium Red Shanks

Red shanks grows from the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara County line south in chaparral, down through the L.A. basin in coastal sage scrub and up on the edge of the pine forests in many areas like Mo... Learn more.

Adiantum jordanii, California Maiden-Hair Fern, loves the habitat in this moist greenhouse rock wall.  - grid24_12
Adiantum jordanii California Maiden-Hair Fern

This maidenhair fern is native to much of California and grows in shaded woods under oaks and pines. Maidenhair never gets much sun and is usually in moist winter spots, that go dry in summer. If this... Learn more.

Agoseris grandiflora,  Mountain dandelion flower - grid24_12
Agoseris grandiflora Mountain dandelion

Mountain dandelion is a little perennial with large dandelion seed 'balls'. These 'balls' (head of fruits) are up to 2 inches across. Large yellow flowers, leafless flowering stems, leaves near the b... Learn more.

green California native grass, Agrostis pallens - grid24_12
Agrostis pallens Bent Grass

This bentgrass, is a perennial, with creeping rhizomes, palea obsolete, hairs at base of lemma minute, inflorescence (Panicle) spikelike. A small, perennial grass, could be utilized as a spring lawn... Learn more.

 Allium haematochiton, Red skinned onion courtesy of Lynn W. - grid24_12
Allium haematochiton Red skinned onion

Red-skinned onion, Allium haematochiton, grows in openings and open fields throughout much of Southern California. Plant in a un-mulched section of the garden and plant a rock on to of a... Learn more.

Alnus rhombifolia south of Big Bear, 6500  feet - grid24_12
Alnus rhombifolia White Alder

White alder is a fast deciduous tree to 20' first years then slower to 50 ft.. Native to moist canyons on the west coast. A nice- looking and fragrant shade tree. It likes sun and water. It is not ... Learn more.

Ambrosia psilostachya Western Ragweed - grid24_12
Ambrosia psilostachya Western Ragweed

A weedy , perennial, native with spreading rhizomes that grows in disturbed areas of native plant communities,. Use as an indicator of a site in trouble. Found in roadsides and dry fields, common, th... Learn more.

Amelanchier utahensis flowers - grid24_12
Amelanchier utahensis Utah Service Berry

Utah Service Berry is a very different looking shrub. The bark is off-white, foliage is green-grey, foliage is predominantly on the outer tips of the stems. Associated plants include Keckiella ternatu... Learn more.

Amorpha californica, California False Indigo Bush flowers - grid24_12
Amorpha californica California False Indigo Bush

California False Indigo Bush is a aromatic shrub to about six feet. This shrub in the pea family is native to central and southern California, where it prefers lightly filtered sun to nearly full sha... Learn more.

Amorpha fruticosa L. Indigo bush or False Indigo Bush flowers - grid24_12
Amorpha fruticosa False Indigo

Amorpha fruticosa (occidentalis) or False Indigo, grows in north slopes and moist spots through much of San Diego County, western Riverside county and cooler protected spots in Arizona and New Mexico.... Learn more.

Antirrhinum coulterianum (syn. Sairocarpus coulterianus) is native locally in disturbed areas of Southern California. - grid24_12
Antirrhinum coulterianum Coulters Snapdragon

Antirrhinum coulterium, Coulters snapdragon is another one of the many plants that is not supposed to be living on the Santa Margarita nursery site, but it is here. One of those surprise! Guess what I... Learn more.

Antirrhinum kelloggii (syn. Neogaerrhinum strictum) Climbing Snapdragon - grid24_12
Antirrhinum kelloggii Climbing Snapdragon

Antirrhinum kelloggii(Antirrhinum hookerianum, Antirrhinum strictum, Maurandyra strictum, Asarium strictum) or Climbing snapdragon is a cute little annual wildflower. We do not grow it intentionally, ... Learn more.

Antirrhinum multiflorum, Mutliflowered Snapdragon Flowers used to be common in the hills around Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. - grid24_12
Antirrhinum multiflorum Multiflowered Snapdragon

Multiflowered snapdragon is a two foot perennial with two foot flower spikes of pink and yellow flowers. Multiflowered Snapdragon prefers full sun with excellent drainage, and no water after establi... Learn more.

Antirrhinum nuttallianum Nuttall's Snapdragon flowers - grid24_12
Antirrhinum nuttallianum Nuttall's Snapdragon

Nuttall's Snapdragon is a delicate, miniature snapdragon that is very short-lived, (annual), diminutive, climbs other plants for support, but is so pretty, that the work to grow it is worth it. It ... Learn more.

Aquilegia eximia Serpentine Columbine - grid24_12
Aquilegia eximia Serpentine Columbine

The keys do not agree. This plant (A. eximia) probably is a hybrid with Aquilegia formosa. A 2' perennial, with red-yellow flowers and green-gray foliage, Serpentine Columbine flowers from May th... Learn more.

Aquilegia formosa Crimson Columbine, Western Columbine, or  Red Columbine flower - grid24_12
Aquilegia formosa Western Columbine

Western Columbine, is similar to Aquilegia eximia but with a wider range, smaller flowers and more delicate- looking foliage. We've seen this species in the Sierra Nevada and in our own coastal moun... Learn more.

A young tree of Arbutus menziesii, Madrone, at the edge of rangelands.  - grid24_12
Arbutus menziesii Madrone

Usually a small evergreen tree Madrone has peeling, reddish-brown bark, and red edible berries. Sometimes, in some areas, Madrone can become a real tree, but usually it looks more like a manzanita ... Learn more.

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