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Plants For Northern Juniper Woodland

Arctostaphylos hooveri Hoovers Manzanita

Arctostaphylos hooveri Hoovers Manzanita
Hoovers Manzanita is an evergray 10' X `6' bush with red stems that has proved intractable in our climate and soil. This species has an interesting leaf appearance, because of the long, silvery, hair... Learn more.

Artemisia cana bolanderi Silver Sage
This aromatic little bush makes a little mound of gray. Useful in places like Big Bear where you have an old log and wagon wheel you want to make look like Bodie or Death valley. Use as a small Great ... Learn more.

Artemisia tridentata

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 diges... Learn more.

Balsamorhiza sagittata

Balsamorhiza sagittata Arrowleaf balsamroot
syn Buphthalmum sagittata, Espeletia s., E. helianthoides, Balsamorhiza h.. Arrowleaf balsamroot grows from the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains up in British Columbia and across to Colorado. A large ... Learn more.

Cercocarpus ledifolius

Cercocarpus ledifolius Desert mountain mahogany
Curl leaf mountain mahogany is an evergreen shrub or small tree to 15 feet tall, that grows in desert mountains of the western U.S. Excellent as a tough screen or accent plant, and an attractive pla... Learn more.

Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Chamaebatiaria millefolium Fern Bush
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Epipactis gigantea

Epipactis gigantea Stream Orchid
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Eriogonum caespitosum Silver Buckwheat
A small perennial with yellow-red flowers and grey-silver foliage. A rock garden plant for tough situations in higher elevations. The buckwheats are very important butterfly plants and one of the pil... Learn more.

Eriogonum ovalifolium

Eriogonum ovalifolium Cushion Buckwheat
Cushion Buckwheat grows along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada up into Alberta. A true rock garden type plant. Put two or three boulders together and cover with a loose mineral soil such as deco... Learn more.

Eriogonum umbellatum chlorothamnus June Lake

Eriogonum umbellatum 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. ... Learn more.

Eriogonum umbellatum polyanthum Shasta Buckwheat

Eriogonum umbellatum polyanthum Shasta Buckwheat Sulfur Buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum var. polyanthum, is a wide ranging form normal in the middle elevation Sierra Nevada mountains, with yellow flowers on a 1 ft high by 3 ft wide plant; likes good soil, some summer... Learn more.

Gnaphalium microcephalum thermale

Gnaphalium microcephalum thermale Feltleaf everlasting
(syn. Gnaphalium canescens ssp. thermale, Gnaphalium albidum, Pseudognaphalium thermale) A grey short lived perennial that grows in open loose ground. Common in fresh road cuts or in burned over area... Learn more.

Juniperus occidentalis

Juniperus occidentalis Western Juniper
The huge trees of Western Ceder are OLD, older than me and I'm old. 2000-3000 years is possible for some of the big old trees. For most of us expect to grow a bush, if you're young you might live to s... Learn more.

Leptodactylon pungens

Leptodactylon pungens Granite Gilia
Granite Gilia is a rock garden plant that lives in the rocky areas of many a western mountain tops. Needs good drainage, and a spot in the rocks. This could be a crack that you can dig into in a rock,... Learn more.

Mentha arvensis

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.

Muhlenbergia montana

Muhlenbergia montana Mountain Muhly
A small little perennial that grows in our western mountains.The most likely place to find Mountain Muhly in California is Yosemite Valley. Companion plants include Mutton Grass (Poa fendleriana), We... Learn more.

Penstemon roezlii

Penstemon roezlii Roezl's penstemon
Roezl's penstemon is a little rock garden perennial to grows from north western Nevada through north eastern California, Northern Sierras and southern Oregon. This Penstemon grows in open rich ground ... Learn more.

Ribes cereum

Ribes cereum Wax Currant
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Senecio douglasii

Senecio douglasii Butterweed
A two-three foot perennial with one-inch yellow daisies. It looks like a grey marguerite. It is useful in revegetation, bank stabilization, or in dryland gardens. Give sun and little or no water in mo... Learn more.

Shepherdia argentea

Shepherdia argentea Silver Buffaloberry
Buffaloberry(Shepherdia argetea) ia a thorny deciduous shrub that is dioecious. Silver buffalo berry has silvery leaves, white stems, and as it gets older, red berries in a wall of thorns. It is nat... Learn more.

Stipa speciosa

Stipa speciosa Desert needle grass
(Syn. Achnatherum speciosa) Desert needle grass is a 1-2' bunch grass that is native to Mojave and Colorado deserts and the s. Coast ranges and s.Sierra. Use for dry banks and paths , full sun, little... Learn more.

Symphoricarpos longiflorus

Symphoricarpos longiflorus Desert Snowberry
(synonym:Symphoricarpos fragrans) Desert Snowberry is a small-leaved plant with dainty, pink tubular flowers that grows in moister spots in the desert mountains under Junipers, Pinus monophylla and ... Learn more.

Symphyotrichum ascendens

Symphyotrichum ascendens Western aster
A flat perennial with a 6" flower spike with 2"purple flowers. Likes sun, regular water unless you're in a mountain climate with more than 30 inches of rainfall. Grows from southern California to Alb... Learn more.


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.

Yucca whipplei intermedia Chaparral Yucca
The same as Yucca whipplei percusa but this one forms a 2-3' wide clump instead of a 4' patch of 1-2' plants. A nice plant native in an area that gets to -10 regularly with 10-15" of rainfall.... Learn more.