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Santa Margarita, CA 93453

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Plants For Riparian (rivers & creeks)

Acer macrophyllum

Acer macrophyllum Big Leaf Maple
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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.

Acer negundo californicum Bert's Toy Box

Acer negundo californicum Bert's Toy Box
This is a male Box Elder that is native to California. A small flowering tree that is tidy, rather nice looking, not huge, somewhat tolerate of water or drought, and actually very useful. We've only g... Learn more.

Aesculus californica

Aesculus californica California Buckeye
California Buckeye is a deciduous, small tree, normally growing to 15'. The showy 6" creamy- scented flower spikes appear in April-May. Native to the central coast ranges and Sierra Nevada mounta... 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.

Agrostis thurberiana

Agrostis thurberiana
A perennial grass of the sierra conifer forests. Growing in openings and meadows at 6-8000 feet.... 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.

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.

Alnus rubra

Alnus rubra Red Alder
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Anaphalis margaritacea

Anaphalis margaritacea Pearly Everlasting
Pearly Everlasting is a rather weedy perennial that Painted Ladies visit. If you're old and male don't get excited, Painted Ladies are butterflies. PE has an interesting flower that looks like a small... Learn more.

Anemopsis californica

Anemopsis californica Yerba Mansa
Yerba Mansa is a spreading groundcover that has large, waxy, gray-green leaves that lay flat and form mats that from a distance look like a permanent pasture. This is a marsh and creekside plant, that... Learn more.

Aquilegia formosa

Aquilegia formosa Western Columbine
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Aquilegia shockleyi

Aquilegia shockleyi Desert Columbine
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Aralia californica

Aralia californica California Spikenard
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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.

Aristolochia californica

Aristolochia californica California Pipevine
California Dutchman's Pipe or Pipe Vine is a deciduous vine with one inch purple striped pipe-shaped flowers. Pipe vine likes part-shade. This California native vine has become fairly drought tolerant... Learn more.

Asclepias fascicularis

Asclepias fascicularis California Narrowleaf Milkweed
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Aster occidentalis

Aster occidentalis Western Aster
Western Aster is a highly variable perennial wildflower of the Western mountains. Use in perennial bed, the English California native garden. A higher elevation(to 10-11,000 ft.) rock garden plant. Ex... Learn more.

Baccharis douglasii

Baccharis douglasii Marsh Baccharis
A 3 ft perennial with green-brown stems and green leaves. Very fast in wet-moist places. Baja to Humboldt and the Central Sierra. Baccharis species are the nectary sources for most of the predatory wa... Learn more.

Baccharis emoryi

Baccharis emoryi Emory Baccharis
This Baccharis looks like a natural, stable hybrid between Mulefat(Baccharis viminea) and Baccharis pilularis var. consanguinea(Coyote Brush). Common in sandy washes throughout the inner areas of sou... Learn more.

Baccharis glutinosa

Baccharis glutinosa Water Wally
A deciduous willow -like shrub to 10 feet. Male and female flowers are on separate plants. Long, vertical stems make the appearance of this plant undesirable for the formal garden, but in a wild gard... Learn more.

Baccharis sergiloides

Baccharis sergiloides Squaw Waterweed
A 4-6 ft, shrub that will be leafless under stress. In spring if it is happy it is covered with bright yellow flowers. Native from Inyo to Utah to San Diego.... 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.

Bidens laevis

Bidens laevis Joaquin Sunflower
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Calamagrostis canadensis Blue-joint
Blue Joint grows as a large creeping grass in wet places or meadows from Manitoba to New Mexico, Newfoundland to California. In California Blue-joint lives from about Tulare Co. north in the Sierras, ... Learn more.

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