Plants For Great Basin Sage

Artemisia tridentata, Great Basin Sage Brush, growing in the Santa Margarita nursery garden.  - grid24_12
Artemisia tridentata Great Basin Sage Brush

An evergray shrub. 4 feet tall and wide. Native to dry areas of the western US. Needs full sun. It is very drought tolerant, needs good drainage. Its seeds are edible. Chewed leaves said to aid digest... Learn more.

Antelope Horns, Asclepias asperula, flower. - grid24_12
Asclepias asperula Antelope Horns milkweed

Antelope Horns milkweed flower. Asclepias asperula supports the Monarch Butterfly. Antelope Horns is a weird milkweed from the desert mountains. Antelope horns grows from the Southern California deser... Learn more.

Asclepias erosa Desert Milkweed. Amazing ain't it?
Everyone in California should visit the desert in early spring - grid24_12
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 vei... Learn more.

Dalea (Psorothamnus) fremontii, Indigo Bush, is here visited by a butterfly of the desert, near Ridgecrest, California. - grid24_12
Dalea fremontii Indigo Bush

Indigo Bush is a four foot tall deciduous shrub with whitish stems and purple pea flowers. It grows in the western deserts in creosote bush scrub and Great Basin sage plant communities. As it lives in... Learn more.

Elymus cinereus. great basin wildrye, basin wildrye, giant wildrye - grid24_12
Elymus cinereus Basin Wildrye

Basin Wildrye is a 2-4' clump of grass that is native in the Great Basin area. It extends into Calif. along the east sierras. It is one of the most important forage plants of the sage brush community... 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 viridis, Green Ephedra, grows in many dry areas of California, and is showy at certain times of the year, with its yellow pollen cones.   - grid24_12
Ephedra viridis Green Mormon Tea

Green Mormon Tea is an evergreen shrub, 4 ft., desert areas, Calif. to Utah, looks like leafless shrub. In many desert locations both species (E. californica and Ephedra virides) exist together. Ephed... Learn more.

Eriogonum umbellatum var. chlorothamnus , Sulphur-flower buckwheat - grid24_12
Eriogonum umbellatum var. chlorothamnus 'June Lake' Shrub Sulphur Buckwheat

Eriogonum umbellatum var. chlorothamnus. A shrubby mound of sulphur for a high elevation garden. Full sun and mountain scree. Click here for more about California Buckwheats Learn more.

Mentha arvensis, Field Mint, is one of the mint species that is used commercially in mint tea.  - grid24_12
Mentha arvensis Field Mint

A small little 1' perennial with a small blue flower clusters on a spike of scented green leaves. This one grows at higher elevations along creeks and in meadows. It has managed to make its way around... Learn more.

 Penstemon procerus littleflower penstemon - grid24_12
Penstemon procerus Small penstemon

Small Penstemon is native in the higher elevations of California throughout much of the rest of the US and Southern Canada. Useful in a small moist rock garden. Use with Eriogonium umbellatum, a boul... Learn more.

There are so many flowers on this Purshia stansburiana, Cliff Rose, that you can barely see the leaves.  - grid24_12
Purshia stansburiana Cliff Rose

Cliff Rose, Purshia stansburiana,  is native to the north edges of the Mojave desert to Colorado, Utah and Arizona. A 4 ft. high evergreen (it can get bigger if happy) with creamy yellow 1" flowers in... Learn more.

Purshia tridentata, Antelope Bitterbrush flowers. - grid24_12
Purshia tridentata Antelope Bitterbrush

Antelope Bitterbrush is a gray small-leaved shrub to six feet. You will generally see it only 4-5 foot tall. Antelope Bitterbrush grows on dry slopes, east Sierra Nevada, Tulare Co. North, 3000-10000f... Learn more.

Stipa columbiana

(Syn. Achnatherum nelsonii ssp. dorei)A narrow grayish perennial bunchgrass. Where it gets semi-regular water it has naturalized in the nursery. Native from Northern Calif to Alaska to Tex. Learn more.

Stipa comata Needle and thread grass - grid24_12
Stipa comata Needle and thread grass

Needle and thread is a tufted little perennial grass that is probably the most wide ranging bunch grass of the west. syn. Hesperostipa comata, Stipa juncea, S. capillata, S. comata var. intermedia, ... Learn more.

Trifolium willdenovii. Tomcat Clover - grid24_12
Trifolium Clover

Our Native clovers are mostly annuals. We do not sell the seed but we do encourage the plants. The native clovers should not mowed or killed until the flowers are allowed to produce seed. This page ... Learn more.