Plants For Northern Oak Woodland

Box Elder tree,  Acer negundo californicum with fall color in fog. - grid24_12
Acer negundo var. 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 the box el... Learn more.

Alnus rhombifolia south of Big Bear, 6500  feet - grid24_12
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.

A young tree of Arbutus menziesii, Madrone, at the edge of rangelands.  - grid24_12
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.

The flowers of Sonoma Manzanita - grid24_12
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.

Arctostaphylos hooveri, Hoovers manzanita grows into a medium sized bush. - grid24_12
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.

Dr. Hurd manzanita in flower - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd ' Manzanita tree

Dr. Hurd Manzanita is an evergreen, multi-branched, treelike hybrid shrub with glossy, light green foliage and grows up to 15', one of the biggest of the big manzanitas. Dr. Hurd is more garden toler... Learn more.

Artemisia douglasiana Mugwort - grid24_12
Artemisia douglasiana Mugwort

California Mugwort, Artemisia douglasiana,  is a three foot perennial that has a funny sage odor. Native on stream banks, ditch banks, road cuts or other disturbed areas. Very useful for creek b... Learn more.

Asclepias cordifolius, Purple Milkweed, flower. - grid24_12
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 Red Maids - grid24_12
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. Fragile Sheath Sedge - grid24_12
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Close up of the fruit of Crataegus douglasii  - grid24_12
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.

American Wild Carrot. This one was in a pot and very happy so the flowers are very large. In the wild they can be  a centimeter across on a little dinky plant.  - grid24_12
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 Slender hairgrass - grid24_12
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, Pacific  Bleeding Heart, grows in the forests of the  mountains of California.  - grid24_12
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.

The sticky monkey flower - grid24_12
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.

The Sierra form of sticky monkey flower - grid24_12
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 - canyon dudleya, canyon liveforever, Rock Lettuce - grid24_12
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.

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.

Epipactis gigantea, Stream Orchid. I think this was at Big Bear - grid24_12
Epipactis gigantea Stream Orchid

Giant Helleborine or Stream Orchid, Epipactis gigantea,  is a perennial orchid that grows in wet or moist places. Stream Orchid will go dormant at the first sign of drought. Grows all over the West ... Learn more.

Equisetum hymale Scouring rush - grid24_12
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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