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Plants For Northern Oak Woodland

Acer negundo californicum

Acer negundo 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 ... Learn more.

Alnus rhombifolia

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.

Arbutus menziesii

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.

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.

Arctostaphylos manzanita Dr. Hurd

Arctostaphylos manzanita Dr. Hurd Manzanita tree
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Arctostaphylos Sonoma Manzanita Bush

Arctostaphylos Sonoma Manzanita Bush Stanford Manzanita
Sonoma manzanita was not impressive until it flowered. The large pink flowers made quite an impression on everyone. The foliage is neat, green, and glossy. The bark is deep red and clean. A nice pla... Learn more.

Artemisia douglasiana

Artemisia douglasiana Mugwort
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Asclepias cordifolia

Asclepias cordifolia Purple milkweed
Asclepias cordifolia, Purple milkweed or Heart leafed milkweed is native to northern California,the Sierra Nevada mountains, Oregon, and western Nevada. Purple milkweed grows in all sorts of plant com... Learn more.

Calandrinia ciliata

Calandrinia ciliata Red Maids
Almost prostrate, spreading annual, the rose-red flowers opening mostly in the afternoon, dotted in fields, open areas of mostly woodland and grassland habitats, sandy or loamy soils, showy in spring,... Learn more.

Carex fracta

Carex fracta Fragile Sheathed Sedge
A beautiful green perennial that lives in mountain meadows, road cuts, rocky slopes, and seeps. The soil can be fairly dry, but as it dries out the foliage will fade. This sedge looks kinda like som... Learn more.

Cercocarpus betuloides

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.

Chaenactis glabriuscula

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.

Chrysopsis villosa echioides

Chrysopsis villosa 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.

Collinsia heterophylla

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.

Cornus glabrata

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 do... Learn more.

Crataegus douglasii

Crataegus douglasii Western Thorn Apple
The Douglas Hawthorn is a delightful small tree from western creek banks and north slopes. The fruit is relished by birds, the foliage admired by the people. Ours has had flame orange foliage in fall... Learn more.

Daucus pusillus

Daucus pusillus Wild Carrot
Wild Carrot is an annual wildflower that we sometimes have in our pots. It has been called Rattlesnake weed for it's supposed properties as a poultice on rattle snake bites. Chew it up and stick on... Learn more.

Deschampsia elongata

Deschampsia elongata Slender hairgrass
This clumping perennial grass is so soft, and pretty, with really thin soft stems and leaves. Slender Hair Grass disappears in summer (drops to a faint brown patch); is a light grass that blows in the... Learn more.

Dicentra formosa

Dicentra formosa Pacific Bleeding Heart
Pacific Bleeding Heart (sometimes called Dutchman's Britches) is a 12-18 inch perennial with clusters of delicate, pink flowers in summer. A rock garden plant that grows in damp, places. This Dice... Learn more.

Diplacus aurantiacus

Diplacus aurantiacus Sticky Monkey Flower
Diplacus aurantiacus, Sticky Monkey flower is the coastal form of Mimulus aurantiacus, a perennial with 1" orange flowers that likes partial shade if planted in the interior sun if it is along the c... Learn more.

Diplacus aurantiacus Sierra monkey flower

Diplacus aurantiacus Sierra monkey flower Sierra Monkey Flower
A monkey flower from the mid elevations of the central and northern Sierra Nevada mountains. Diplacus (Mimulus) aurantiacus is a little nicer looking than the common coastal form, flowers are the sam... Learn more.

Dudleya cymosa

Dudleya cymosa Liveforever
This genus is named for the first head of the botany department at Stanford University, Professor William Russell Dudley. This species of Dudleya has yellow-red flowers. They are displayed on short s... Learn more.

Elymus triticoides

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.

Epipactis gigantea

Epipactis gigantea Stream Orchid
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Equisetum hymale

Equisetum hymale Scouring rush
This Horsetail is wide ranging throughout the world with a very complicated species complex. (Equisetum hiemale, Hippochaete hiemale var. californica) ... Learn more.

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