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Plants For Sub-Alpine Forest

Achillea millefolium var. lanulosa, Mountain Yarrow has grown as a pure white ground cover. - grid24_12
Achillea millefolium var. 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.

Aquilegia pubescens, Sierra Columbine flowers can vary from yellow to pink - grid24_12
Aquilegia pubescens Sierra Columbine

As Aquilegia formosa but with larger, all yellow flowers with longer, more delicate spurs, sometimes with a little red or pink (if crossed with A. formosa). Flowers are erect, not nodding, and the fo... 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.

This low-growing manzanita is found in higher elevation coniferous forests of of California from the Sierra Nevada mountains north.  - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos nevadensis Pinemat Manzanita

This is another species that is excellent in its range, and a pain elsewhere. If you have a mountain cabin in snow country this one's worth trying as a groundcover as it grows about 8 foot across and ... Learn more.

Artemisia tridentata, Great Basin Sage Brush, growing in the Santa Margarita nursery garden.  - grid24_12
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.

Aster integrifolius Meadow Aster - grid24_12
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.

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.

 Cercocarpus ledifolius, Desert mountain mahogany or Curl leaf mountain mahogany.on a shelf overlooking  the Mono Lake Basin. - grid24_12
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.

Fragaria virginiana ssp. platypetala (F. virginia), Western Alpine Strawberry, grows mostly in the mountains of California in moist areas in the forests.  - grid24_12
Fragaria virginiana var. platypetala Western Alpine Strawberry

A flat perennial strawberry with gray leaves, ranges in the wilds from California to British Columbia, to Wyoming. In California it ranges from 4000 to 10,000+ feet in the Sierra Nevada mountains. As... Learn more.

Gilia aggregata Skyrocket - grid24_12
Gilia aggregata Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia is a biennial or short lived perennial that grows one to three foot tall with one to multiple stems of red tubular flowers. Rather common in open sandy areas of middle elevations where ... Learn more.

Helenium hoopesii, Owlsclaws, is a showy mountain perennial with large yellow flowers.  - grid24_12
Helenium hoopesii Owlsclaws

Mountain helenium is a foot or so perennial herb with yellow daisy-like flowers 3 inches across native to wet meadows, high elevations, Sierra Nevada. It needs part-shade to sun, regular water. Owl... Learn more.

Heuchera merriamii, Siskiyou Alum Root, is very diminutive, with delicate creamy white flowers, and is at its best grown in groups. of three or more.  - grid24_12
Heuchera merriamii Siskiyou Alum Root

Heuchera merriami, or Alumroot, grows up to 10,000 feet elevation but it is hardy to only -10 F. The leaves are small, with scalloped edges, and form a low clump near the ground, while the flowering... Learn more.

Heuchera rubescens var. rydbergiana

The only differences between this and Heuchera rubescens are smaller leaves and a slightly lower plant. Learn more.

Leptodactylon pungens hwy 18 just north of cactus spring big bear - grid24_12
Leptodactylon pungens Granite Gilia

Granite Gilia is a rock garden plant that lives in the rocky areas of many a western mountain tops. Needs good drainage, and a spot in the rocks. This could be a crack that you can dig into in a rock,... Learn more.

Lonicera involucrata ledebourii, Twinberry flowers were made for hummingbirds. - grid24_12
Lonicera involucrata var. ledebourii Twinberry honeysuckle

A deciduous shrub to 8', normally to 6'. The flowers are orange-red and appear from Mar.-Jul.. It has formal looking dark green foliage. The black berries are edible but bitter. Native to the Californ... Learn more.

Monardella odoratissima, Western Pennyroyal, grows in the mountains of California.  - grid24_12
Monardella odoratissima Western Pennyroyal

A 1-2' perennial with 1" white flowers. The fragrant foliage has a very good mint odor. Native to 2000'+ throughout much of the West. It likes part shade to shade where the summers are hot and full su... Learn more.

Sorry we don't have one in the ground, forgot.  - grid24_12
Muhlenbergia montana Mountain Muhly

A small little perennial that grows in our western mountains.The most likely place to find Mountain Muhly in California is Yosemite Valley. Companion plants include Mutton Grass (Poa fendleriana), We... Learn more.

Penstemon davidsonii. Davidson's Penstemon  - grid24_12
Penstemon davidsonii Blue Color Mat

A little flat perennial that prefers to be under snowcover in winter. It needs good drainage and full sun in its element. 1-1 1/2" blue flowers in late spring. It does not like to dry out in summer an... Learn more.

Penstemon heterodoxus, Sierra Penstemon, is a standout in the rock garden, placed in front of  taller yellow flowers such as Solidago species.  - grid24_12
Penstemon heterodoxus Sierra Penstemon

A perennial that is 2\" tall with purple flowers in clusters covering the plant bring the total height of the plant to 6\" with a width of 1\'. Native to the Sierras 8000-12000\' and White Mountains. ... Learn more.

Penstemon rydbergii var. oreocharis, Meadow Penstemon - grid24_12
Penstemon oreocharis Meadow Penstemon

A flat perennial with 3" long 1/2"wide dark green leaves. Bright lavender-blue flowers in clusters on a 4-6" spire. Best for moist spots (not wet spots). Not as drought tolerant in interior heat. It w... Learn more.

 Penstemon procerus littleflower penstemon - grid24_12
Penstemon procerus Small penstemon

Small Penstemon is native in the higher elevations of California throughout much of the rest of the US and Southern Canada. Useful in a small moist rock garden. Use with Eriogonium umbellatum, a boul... Learn more.

Penstemon purpusii is really cute, but was a pain for us. - grid24_12
Penstemon purpusii Snow mountain Penstemon

A flat perennial that grows to 1' across. It has gray foliage and purple flowers. It wants full sun where the summer temperatures are less than 80, more shade as the climate gets hotter. It grows in f... Learn more.

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