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Plants For Sagebrush Scrub

Antennaria microphylla

Antennaria microphylla Littleleaf Pussytoes
This is a cute little perennial that has a cute little flower that looks like littleleaf pussytoes. This Antennaria is the the most wide ranging of the Pussytoes growing from California to Ontario Ca... 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.

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 nova

Artemisia nova Black sagebrush
Black sagebrush grows at slightly higher elevations(5000-11,0000 ft.) than Artemisia tridentata in thin rocky soils. (Artemisia nova, also known as Artemisia arbuscula ssp. nova, A. tridentata subsp.... 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.

Astragalus coccineus

Astragalus coccineus Scarlet Milkvetch
Scarlet Milkvetch is a low perennial that grows in rocks and washes of the mountains of the California desert. ... Learn more.

Atriplex polycarpa

Atriplex polycarpa Alkali Saltbush
Shrub, gray-white, not the prettiest but the toughest, used for bird and animal cover in revegetation. Dioecious. (Note: The Atriplexes from arid enviroments have a C4 photosynthetic pathway which is... 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 viminea

Baccharis viminea Seep Willow
Mulefat is an eight foot evergreen shrub, protect from deer,elk,etc.for first few years, grows from coastal areas to Tex., usually around water sources, but not always. In some areas like where the 14... 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.

Bloomeria crocea aurea

Bloomeria crocea aurea Golden Stars
Corm, 2 ft., flowers yellow in cluster (like exploding fire works), April-June, South coast ranges, Channel Islands, drought tolerant, we carry this only occasionally.... Learn more.

Brickellia californica

Brickellia californica Brickellbush
Brickellbush is one of the best smelling California native plants. Plant this nondescript gray plant in an obscure back corner of your yard. Do not put in a highly visible area. Although Brickellbus... Learn more.

Calochortus species

Calochortus species Mariposa Lilly
Bulbs. 1', flowers like tulip, yellow, purple to white, part shade to full sun, no summer water, in most of Ca. perfect drainage. It takes 3-5 years from seed to grow the bulb up to salable size. Ever... Learn more.

Castilleja subinclusa

Castilleja subinclusa Long-leaf paintbrush
(Castilleja Jepsonii) This paintbrush grows in association with California buckwheat, Desert Buckwheat and great Basin Sage along the east side of the southern Sierras through the Transverse ranges an... 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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Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Chrysothamnus nauseosus Rabbitbrush
Rabbit brush is a nondescript two to four foot perennial that erupts in late summer with a passionate display of appealing yellow that has stopped many an artist and ... Learn more.

Chrysothamnus nauseosus consimilis

Chrysothamnus nauseosus consimilis Nevada Rabbit Brush
Nevada Rabbit Brush grows in alkaline open valleys from San Diego to Shasta and east through the Great Basin along the desert edges also among rocks mixed in with Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Fern Bush... Learn more.

Chrysothamnus nauseosus hololeucus

Chrysothamnus nauseosus hololeucus Rabbitbrush
Sandy washes of the Central California deserts and west to Cuyama. Commonly associated with Zauschneria lat. viscida and Soldiago confinus in the transverse ranges. At lower elevations Rabbit brush i... Learn more.

Dodecatheon pulchellum

Dodecatheon pulchellum Shooting Star
This Shooting Star grows in mountain meadows from California to Wisconsin, from Missouri to Alaska. Beautiful pink flowers with a purple center, lovely glabrous, somewhat spoon-shaped leaves. ... Learn more.

Elymus cinereus

Elymus cinereus Basin Wildrye
Basin Wildrye is a 2-4' clump of grass that is native in the Great Basin area. It extends into Calif. along the east sierras. It is one of the most important forage plants of the sage brush community... Learn more.

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 fasciculatum polifolium

Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium Interior California Buckwheat
California interior buckwheat is as Eriogonum fasciculatum but grayer and tougher, hardy to -20 F . The two varieties of California buckwheat (polifolium and foliolosum) overlap in many areas, most no... Learn more.

Eriogonum inflatum

Eriogonum inflatum Desert Trumpet
A funny-looking perennial with small pink flowers on a 3' stalk. The stalk is inflated in the middle. This plant ranges from the drier areas of California to Arizona and Colorado. Hoover says it is a... 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.

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