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Plants For Red Fir Forest

Abies magnifica

Abies magnifica Red fir
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Abies procera

Abies procera Noble Fir
Noble Fir (Abies procera) is an evergreen conifer native from northern California to Washington state that grows in full sun in its habitat and needs good drainage and regular water in a garden set... Learn more.

Acer glabrum

Acer glabrum Mountain Maple
Mountain Maple is a small deciduous tree that is our 'Japanese Maple" that grows to 10-12 foot tall and is small enough to be included in residential landscaping. Mountain maple needs regular water ... Learn more.

Acer macrophyllum

Acer macrophyllum Big Leaf Maple
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Achillea millefolium lanulosa

Achillea millefolium lanulosa Mountain Yarrow
Mountain Yarrow's leaves are smaller and tighter than the common native yarrow in California. The plants are lower to the ground, flowers are as large and a bright, pure white. Achillea lanulosa grow... Learn more.

Actaea rubra

Actaea rubra Snakeberry
Baneberry is a small perennial that grows in deep woods, north slopes and in meadows from Southern California up into Alaska, Alberta and across to New Mexico. In small doses Baneberry was used by Nat... Learn more.

Agastache urticifolia

Agastache urticifolia Horse Mint
Licorice Mint is a perennial with whorls of lovely rose-colored flowers and a delicate fragrance. Best in sun if you want to attract the butterflies. This is a hardy perennial, that is very happy in ... Learn more.

Alnus incana tenuifolia

Alnus incana tenuifolia Thinleaf alder
Mountain Alder is small deciduous tree that grows from Tulare County in the Sierras to Alaska and into the Rocky Mountains. Mountain Alder frequents the stream banks and north slopes. If you are a fl... Learn more.

Anemone multifida

Anemone multifida Pacific Anemone
Pacific Anemone is a cool little windflower to grows on mountain tops through much of north America and even Chile. Good for a part shade or cool rock garden. Not for Mesa Arizona, better chance in P... Learn more.

Arctostaphylos Emerald Carpet

Arctostaphylos Emerald Carpet might as well be a lawn manzanita
Emerald Carpet manzanita is an evergreen groundcover preferred by the non-native folks that want to plant a 'native'. This is a hybrid between Arctostaphylos uva-ursi and Arctostaphylos nummularia. Em... Learn more.

Arctostaphylos patula

Arctostaphylos patula Greenleaf Manzanita
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Arnica parryi sonnei

Arnica parryi sonnei Frog Flower
A flat perennial with rhizomes forming clump to edge of moisture, up to several feet across. Native to moist places in the east central Sierras. The flowers 1" yellow composites (DYC). Use with Heleni... Learn more.

Asarum hartwegii

Asarum hartwegii Marbled Wild Ginger
A perennial that will sometimes be evergreen sometimes no. leaves are marbled green, and the flowers are maroon. This grows at 1000-2500 m. in N. Ca. and Oregon. A SLOW grower (one leaf for years) an... Learn more.

Aster integrifolius

Aster integrifolius Meadow Aster
I first saw A. integrifolius covering a hillside in a riot of blue. The elevation was about 5000 ft. above Sonora. The cover was rocky and open with the area around having Ponderosa Pines and some man... 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.

Betula occidentalis

Betula occidentalis Water Birch
Western mountains 200-8000 ft. moist but not wet situations, deciduous tree to 20 feet a beautiful background for azaleas and such under high shade, won't look at its best under drought but seems to s... Learn more.

Brickellia grandiflora

Brickellia grandiflora Golden Sashay
It is like Brickellia californica but needs a little more water and is more garden tolerant. Its flowers are bigger. A 2' perennial with light green foliage . Do not put in a highly visible area as, a... Learn more.

Campanula rotundifolia

Campanula rotundifolia California Harebell
A flat perennial with 1" blue flowers arising to 6" above the dark green foliage. This plant likes regular water. It should grow fine in any watered garden but prefers higher elevations in California.... 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.

Carex praegracilis

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.

Carex sartwelliana

Carex sartwelliana Yosemite Sedge
(Synonym Carex yosemitana) A medium sized sedge That grows in meadows from southern California up into northern California. This can make a lumpy-lawn like mat if it is happy. I guess I could describe... Learn more.

Carex spectabilis

Carex spectabilis Showy Sedge
Showy Sedge occurs in the wet soil of meadows or rocky slopes where snow banks linger from 5800-12,000 ft. The plant is one to two feet tall. Showy Sedge likes full sun and part sun, and seasonal fl... Learn more.

Ceanothus cordulatus

Ceanothus cordulatus Snowbush
Mountain whitethorn is a gray/green shrub with whitish bark that has a tendency to go deciduous in the winter cold leaving a spiny bush. The fragrant white flowers and silver foliage make a wonderful... Learn more.

Ceanothus prostratus

Ceanothus prostratus Squaw Carpet
Ceanothus prostratus var. occidentalis, or Squaw Carpet, is an evergreen ground cover that grows on open slopes. and under Douglas Firs, Jeffrey or Ponderosa pines from near sea level to 7000+' elev... Learn more.

Ceanothus pumilus Dwarf Ceanothus
Dwarf Ceanothus grows as a flat mat in North Western California and Southwestern Oregon. Looks similar to Ceanothus maritimus.... Learn more.

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