Plants For Coastal Strand

Abronia latifolia, Yellow Sand Verbena, surviving in blowing, drifting sand of the coastal dunes of central California.  - grid24_12
Abronia latifolia Yellow Sand Verbena

A flat to mounding nearly non-frost tolerant perennial that will 'disappear' to the roots under stress. According to Parsons "The stout root . . . is sometimes eaten by the Indians." The flowers are ... Learn more.

Abronia maritima, Sand verbena, growing in beach sand, on a foggy summer day in Morro Bay, California.  - grid24_12
Abronia maritima Sand verbena

A flat nearly non-frost tolerant perennial that will \'disappear\' to the roots under stress. The flowers are pink and it grows in the sand along the immediate coast.. The soil must be fairly lose an... Learn more.

Abronia umbellata, Purple Sand Verbena flowers - grid24_12
Abronia umbellata Purple Sand Verbena

Beach Sand Verbena is a prostrate perennial, with slightly succulent leaves, and attractive rose colored flowers with white centers. It makes a good ground cover for undisturbed sandy coastal areas. I... Learn more.

Achillea millefolium var. arenicola, Yarrow - grid24_12
Achillea millefolium var. arenicola

A perennial that grows right next to the ocean, on bluffs or the coastal sand spits. The consistent variable seems to be the sea Salt spray keeps the plants a low 1 inch tall. The flowers rise 2 inch... 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.

Artemisia californica California Sagebrush is one of the most common shrubs in the coastal plant communities of California.  - grid24_12
Artemisia californica California Sagebrush

California sagebrush, Artemisia californica is an evergray shrub, three to four foot high. This sage brush is native to much of Central and Southern California and is part of the 'sage' in coastal... Learn more.

Artemisia pycnocephala and Ceanothus - grid24_12
Artemisia pycnocephala Sandhill Sage

Artemisia pycnocephala, Beach Sagebrush, is a perennial-shrub, 2ft silver mound. The softest plant I have ever seen, after a couple of years this little bush needs to be pruned back and allowed to g... Learn more.

A closeup of the leaves and stems of Artemisia pycnocephala "Davids Choice",  Beach Sandwort, a low-growing, compact selection of the species.  - grid24_12
Artemisia pycnocephala 'Davids Choice' Beach Sanwort

It was hardy to 0 f. here planted in an unprotected site .This one seems to be a different animal than the straight species. We were rather disgusted with Artemisia pycnocephala and had discontinued i... Learn more.

Astragalus nuttallii, Nuttall's Milkvetch as groundcover - grid24_12
Astragalus nuttallii Nuttall's Milkvetch

Nuttall's Milkvetch grows on coastal bluffs and along the coastal strand. If the conditions are harsh with salt spray or drought they will be soft, fuzzy gray. If the conditions are easy and life good... Learn more.

Atriplex californica - California saltbush, California Salt Bush - grid24_12
Atriplex californica Saltbush

A gray perennial, with scurfy leaves, prostrate, spreading , good as groundcover, in sandy, coastal areas, at seaside, flowers insignificant, birds and small mammals eat seeds and foliage, also useful... Learn more.

Atriplex canescens, Four-wing Salt Bush - grid24_12
Atriplex canescens Four-wing Salt Bush

Four-wing Salt Bush is an evergray shrub that grows to 5 ft. Native to dry areas, western U.S. Needs full sun. It becomes very drought tolerant after a few good waterings. The whole plant is edible (y... Learn more.

Atriplex leucophylla. Beach Saltbush - grid24_12
Atriplex leucophylla Beach Saltbush

Beach Saltbush grows along the coast in sandy areas next to the bay, or along the high tide line of sheltered inlets. It's native from about Ft, Bragg to Baja. Very small and low it can grow a few ft... Learn more.

Atriplex watsonii Nelson Watson's Saltbush, Matscale at the edge of Morro Bay. - grid24_12
Atriplex watsonii Watson's saltbush

Beaches, usually within 100 ft. of the surf, flat gray ground cover, full sun, little water after est., sandy soil. This plant cannot tolerate frost. We'd have to contract grow it if you have a site ... Learn more.

Baccarhis Pigeon Point. - grid24_12
Baccharis pilularis var. pilularis 'Pigeon Point' Dwarf Coyote Brush

Baccharis Pigeon Point' grows into a one foot tall by twelve foot wide dark-green groundcover. This is the preferred form of Dwarf Coyote Brush for slope stabilization and landscaping in almost all... Learn more.

Baccharis pilularis pilularis, Santa Ana Dwarf Bachharis - grid24_12
Baccharis pilularis var. pilularis 'Santa Ana' Dwarf Bachharis

As with 'Pigeon Point' but more of a mounder that seems to grow to only 6' across and 1' tall. Its leaves are like 'Twin Peaks'. Baccharis species are the nectary sources for most of the predatory was... Learn more.

Baccharis pilularis 'Twin Peaks  - grid24_12
Baccharis pilularis var. pilularis 'Twin Peaks' Dwarf Coyote Brush

Native along coast from Sonoma to Monterey Co. A very adaptable groundcover. Near coast,1 ft. high 10 ft. wide, small leaves, evergreen. As you go inland the plant changes into a shrub. The leaves ge... Learn more.

Batis maritima Beachwort

dioecious shrub, with fleshy leaves and insignificant flowers, coastal salt marsh inhabitant, grows on the southern coast of California, to southeastern U.S., the Caribbean, Hawaii, and northern Sout... Learn more.

Calandrinia maritima Seaside Calandrina

Glaucous, annual, with fleshy leaves and red-purple flowers, sandy areas, and sea bluffs, uncommon. SCo, ChI, Baja. Dies and shrivels after flowering, noticeable in the spring when flowering. A compon... Learn more.

Camissonia cheiranthifolia cheiranthifolia Beach Evening Primrose - grid24_12
Camissonia cheiranthifolia var. cheiranthifolia Beach Evening Primrose

A perennial that lives in the dunes next to the ocean from Santa Barbara north into Oregon. 1" yellow flowers. It has very limited uses unless you're trying to restore a sand dune or plant a temparar... Learn more.

Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. suffruticosa, Beach Evening Primrose  in flower. - grid24_12
Camissonia cheiranthifolia var. ssp. suffruticosa Beach Evening Primrose

Suncup is a perennial that lives next to the ocean. The same 1inch yellow flowers , Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. suffruticosa Grows on the coastal strand from Santa Barbara south to Baja. The fo... Learn more.

Camissonia lewisii Lewis Evening Primrose

Annual, villous (with long, soft hairs), with small yellow flowers, not showy, rare, leaves arranged in a rosette, plant very low-growing, grows in coastal areas, sandy or clay, best for restoration, ... Learn more.

Cardionema ramosissimum Sand Mat

Sand Mat is a somewhat prostrate, herbaceous, tufted, spiny perennial, with minute scalelike flowers. It grows in sandy areas along the coast. The foliage appears white. Sand Mat likes full sun, seas... Learn more.

 Carex pansa (sanddune sedge) - grid24_12
Carex pansa Dune Sedge

Sanddune Sedge, Carex pansa is a very small creeping dune plant, with leaves making little tufts where it is happy. The happier the plant, the bigger the lawn. Needs near beach sand. The only time I... Learn more.

Carex praegracilis (clustered field sedge) - grid24_12
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.

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