Plants For Chaparral

Ceanothus velutinus in the Eastern Sierras - grid24_12
Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus Snowbrush

Ceanothus velutinus velutinus is similar to C. velutinus var. laevigatus but is much more hardy. It was burnt this year at June Lake at -20 degrees F.(?). It only reaches a height of 4' in its range. ... Learn more.

Ceanothus verrucosus flower - grid24_12
Ceanothus verrucosus Wart-Stemmed Ceanothus

Wart-Stemmed Ceanothus is an evergreen shrub averaging five-eight feet in height, and a little narrower in width. Wart-stemmed ceanothus is so called because of the bumpy, rough stipules where the le... Learn more.

Ceanothus pumilus Dwarf Ceanothus

Dwarf Ceanothus grows as a flat mat in North Western California and Southwestern Oregon. Looks similar to Ceanothus maritimus. Learn more.

A Pale Swallowtail butterfly on  the Redbud, Cercis occidentalis, the inset shows Golden Currant, Ribes aureum gracilentum flowered exactly right.  - grid24_12
Cercis occidentalis Western Redbud

Western Redbud, Cercis occidentalis is a deciduous shrub to small tree. Magenta flowers occur in spring, February -April. Western Redbud is native on dry slopes (usually next to a spring or season... Learn more.

Island Mountain Mahogany is one of the best hedge plants we grow. You can have a 15 ft. hedge in a 3-4 ft. wide space. - grid24_12
Cercocarpus alnifolius Island Mountain Mahogany

Island Mountain Mahogany, Cercocarpus alnifolius (Cercocarpus betuloides var. blancheae) is an evergreen shrub, 12' tall, 4' wide, with leaves to the base. This Mountain Mahogany is similar to Cerco... Learn more.

A closeup of the flowers of Cercocarpus betuloides, Mountain Mahogany, with an inset of the plant in fruit.  - grid24_12
Cercocarpus betuloides Mountain Mahogany

Mountain Mahogany is an evergreen shrub, found in Oregon, California, and east to the Rocky Mountains. The whole plant appears silvery in the late summer through fall, due to the feathery fruits. The... Learn more.

Cercocarpus minutiflorus San Diego Mountain Mahogany - grid24_12
Cercocarpus minutiflorus San Diego Mountain Mahogany

An evergreen shrub that can grow to 12 feet or so, but generally is fast to eight feet, then beyond that real slow. This mountain mahogany is fuller and not as narrow as the Island form (alnifolius) ... Learn more.

Chaenactis glabriuscula Pinchusion Flower - grid24_12
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 Indian lettuce - grid24_12
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.

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.

Cirsium californicum California Thistle - grid24_12
Cirsium californicum California Thistle

A biennial or short-lived perennial. 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.

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Clarkia speciosa Red Spot Clarkia

This is an annual wildflower. We do not grow it. This page is for information only. Redspot Clarkia lives in the center of the state from the Hollister area south to Buellton, and across to the foothi... 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.

Chaparral Clematis in the California chaparral - grid24_12
Clematis lasiantha Pipestem Clematis

Pipestem Clematis is a deciduous, dioecious vine, that grows to 8-20' and has showy, creamy white flowers from March-August. Chaparral clematis is native in the coast ranges and Sierra Nevada mounta... Learn more.

Western White Clematis, Clematis ligusticifolia looks like a vine with white fireworks. - grid24_12
Clematis ligusticifolia Western White Clematis

Clematis ligusticifolia is very similar to Clematis lasiantha. This Clematis grows in our area with Populus fremontii, Rosa californica, and Platanus racemosa, etc. This species is found in the rip... Learn more.

Clematis pauciflora - grid24_12
Clematis pauciflora

A small cute perennial that would work well in small perennial gardens. This one doesn't need nearly as much water as it grows in the coastal sage scrub, mixed with the shrubs. Xylococcus, Ceanothus, ... Learn more.

Cneoridium dumosum, BerryRue, is a small shrub in the rue family, with small white flowers, and little brown fruits.  - grid24_12
Cneoridium dumosum BerryRue

An evergreen shrub 2-3' with a sprawling habit that lends itself to being a high groundcover in hot dry areas. In the desert areas plant under an Acacia Greggii or Chilopsis to give some shade in the ... 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.

Here is a photo of an inflorescence of Comarostaphylis diversifolia, Summer Holly, with translucent urn-shaped flowers.  - grid24_12
Comarostaphylis diversifolia Summer Holly

Comarostaphylis diversifolia ssp. diversifolia. is a very slow evergreen shrub to 20 '(var planifolia has flat leaves) It needs good drainage and indirect water 1-2 times a summer after established ... Learn more.

The leaves of Comarostaphylis diversifolia planifolia are rather flat not rolled.  - grid24_12
Comarostaphylis diversifolia var. planifolia Summer Holly

Comarostaphylis diversifolia planifolia is the flat leaf form of Summer Holly, .(Under extreme drought the leaves are not quite flat.) I found this form decades ago in San Diego County west of San... 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.

Corethrogyne filaginifolia, Silver carpet, Common Corethrogyne  has pink flowers and gray foliage. - grid24_12
Corethrogyne filaginifolia 'Silver carpet' Common Corethrogyne

(Lessingia filaginifolia, Aster filaginifolia, Aster tomentellius, Aplopappus haenkei, Corethrogyne tomentella, Corethrogyne filaginifolia tomentillia, Corethrogyne californica tomentellus) Silver c... Learn more.

California Sister Butterfly, Adelpha bredowii californica on Cornus glabrata - grid24_12
Cornus glabrata Brown Twig Dogwood

A deciduous shrub that grows to 4' in bad conditions and 10' in moist shade. It has brown stems, green/brown/red leaves, creamy white flower clusters. It is always next to or in a stream. It grows dow... Learn more.

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