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Amorphophallus konjac

Deciduous Bulb

Beautiful and distinct tropical foliage emerges in late spring as a single, enormous leaf atop a  speckled stem. Every couple years, may form a massive, striking “corpse” flower. Prefers well  draining soil. Winter dormant.

Armeria “Alba”

A. maritima “Alba”
Groundcover Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Fully drought-tolerant only at coast. White pom-poms will reach up to 12″. Can handle sandy soils or clay.

Armeria “Nifty Thrifty”

A. maritima “Nifty Thrifty”
Groundcover Perennial

Variegated chartreuse green foliage. Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Fully drought-tolerant only at coast. Pink pom-poms will reach up 12″. Can handle sandy soils or clay.

Armeria “Rubrifolia”

A. maritima “Rubrifolia”
Groundcover Perennial

Dark burgundy foliage. Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Fully drought-tolerant only at coast. Pink pom-poms will reach up to 12″. Can handle sandy soils or clay.

Armeria maritima

Groundcover Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location or partial sun inland, but can handle most conditions. Fully drought-tolerant only at coast. Pink pom-poms will reach up to 12″. Can handle sandy soils or clay.

Artemisia californica

Herbaceous Perennial

Prefers coastal, sunny location with little to no water once established. Grows in clay, though shows fussiness if wet in the summer. Great wildlife plant.

Asclepias tuberosa

Herbaceous Perennial

Dies back in winter and re-sprouts from its underground tuber each spring. The brilliant orange or red flower clusters appear in midsummer followed by attractive green pods. Prefers full sun but can handle light shade.

Calliandra californica

Semi-evergreen shrub

Open, vase-shaped shrub. Tiny leaves, red puffball flowers. Hummingbirds’ favorite. Also pollinated by butterflies.

Cercis occidentalis

Evergreen tree

Careful not to disturb roots when transplanting. Magenta flowers in Spring. From rocky soils at foothills. Bright green kidney-shaped leaves.

Clianthus puniceus

Evergreen Perennial

Arching 6′ branches hold tons of interesting “parrot’s beak” magenta flowers in spring. Hummingbirds will love this one!

Cuphea “Bat Face”

Cuphea llavea

An interesting and easy-to-grow perennial with red-eared bat-faced flowers. Burgundy-tinged green leaves. Low water, drought-tolerant, but a little more water in summer when in bloom to look its best.

Cuphea “Tiny Mice”

C. llavea “Tiny Mice”

An interesting and easy-to-grow perennial with red-eared mousey flowers. Burgundy-tinged green leaves. Low water, drought-tolerant, but a little more water in summer when in bloom to look its best.

Cuphea llavea

Cuphea “Bat Face”
Evergreen Perennial

An interesting and easy-to-grow perennial with red-eared bat-faced flowers. Burgundy-tinged green leaves. Low water, drought-tolerant, but a little more water in summer when in bloom to look its best.

Euphorbia “Bonfire”

E. polychroma “Bonfire”
Evergreen herbaceous perennial

Green foliage in spring smolders a deep red all summer long. Bright yellow bloom sprays throughout the summer. Deer-resistant.

Euphorbia “Chameleon”

E. dulcis “Chameleon”
Evergreen herbaceous perennial

Multicolored foliage, dark purple, shades of green to burgundy in the summer and bright red in the fall. Deer-resistant.

Euphorbia “Colibri”

Euphorbia x martinii “Colibri”
Evergreen Shrub

Blooms May thru July with red pistils, fades to buff. Foliage turns bronze/red in Fall. Deer resistant. Good for cut flowers.

Euphorbia “Fireglow”

E. griffithii “Fireglow”
Evergreen herbaceous perennial

Dark green leaves with red midrib and orange margins; Rich red flowers throughout the summer, fade to yellow in fall. Deer-resistant.

Euphorbia “Portuguese Velvet”

E. characias “Portuguese Velvet”
Evergreen spurge

Thick velvety grey green leaves on full stems. Large bloom sprays of green bracts and mixed brightly-colored blooms. Grow from seed and offsets. Deer-resistant.

Euphorbia “Tiny Tim”

Euphorbia x martinii “Tiny Tim”
Evergreen Perennial

Blooms chartreuse flowers Summer through Fall with deep green foliage and red tips. Deer resistant. Compact Dwarf species.

Euphorbia x martinii

Evergreen Herbaceous Perennial

Blooms May thru July with red pistils, fades to buff. Foliage turns bronze/red in Fall. Deer resistant. Good for cut flowers.

Lupinus polyphyllus v. burkei

Deciduous Shrub

Gorgeous 5 ft. spikes of classic lavender lupine flowers. Grows alongside creeks and streams throughout the West Coast. Can be allowed to go dormant in fall with a lot less water. Blooms May through July.

Lupinus sericatus

Perennial Shrub

Rare Northern California Lupine with purple flowers in spring, silvery foliage. Needs good drainage, full sun, and little water. Butterfly plant, moderately deer-resistant.

Malacothamnus “Jolon”

M. palmeri “Jolon”
Evergreen Shrub

Vibrant green foliage year-round gives to small bright pink flowers throughout the summer. Coastal native. Attractive to Butterflies.

Malacothamnus palmeri

Evergreen Shrub

Vibrant green foliage year-round gives to small bright pink flowers throughout the summer. Coastal native (Big Sur Area). Butterfly plant.

Mimulus “Junipero Serra”

Evergreen Perennial

Dark green glossy leaves and light orange flowers. Blooms profusely in spring, some blossoms will remain on plant almost year round. Attractive to hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

Mimulus alatus

Evergreen Perennial

Orange flowers spring and summer. Deer resistant. Grown as an annual in colder climates.

Nepenthes “Gothica”

N. sibuyanensis X N. maxima
Tropical Pitcher Plant

Large spotted pitchers. Deep red peristome flattens out with age and can turn black with sun.

Polystichum munitum

Evergreen Fern

Native along the West Coast, From Baja up to Alaska. Upright in sun, more open in shade.

Vitis “Roger’s Red”

V. californica “Roger’s Red”
Deciduous Fruiting Vine

California native grape, deciduous. Gray and green leaves revamp to a deep, rich red in autumn months. Edible, small purple fruit. Fast growing and frost hardy.