Western Redbud

Another shot of Cercis occidentalis in bloom with some morning dew. Now isn’t that lovely?

Western Redbud


Cercis occidentalis
Western Redbud

Southwestern US/California Native
Evergreen tree

Sun: Full to Partial
Water: Winter rain, summer drought
Size: 20ft.

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

Western Rosebud

Man, these have nice bloooms sprays. Cercis occidentalis.

It’s native to the west coast. Slow growing to 20ft. tall. Summer drought is preferred. Careful not to disturb roots when transplanting. Magenta flowers in spring and sometimes again in fall, like right now. From rocky soils at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.

Wet Dudleya

This California Native Giant Chalk Dudleya is wet, but the rain stopped long enough for me to take the picture.


Dudleya brittonii

What to do in Long Beach

Go on a Native Garden Tour of the Palos Verde Peninsula and beyond.

(T)he eighth annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, April 9 and 10… is a self-guided tour of gardens from Sylmar to Long Beach and from Monrovia to Venice to Santa Monica, including a number of gardens in the South Bay.

While this may be the mother of all garden tours by the vastness of properties on display, it’s not your grandmother’s garden tour with tea and crumpets.

My grandmother never served tea and crumpets during a garden tour. Had she had a garden that was on a tour of Brookline gardens, she would probably have served her famous chopped liver.

The garden of Anne O’Brien of Torrance will showcase shade natives, including plants for habitat, fragrance and cut bouquets, during the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.

Here’s the gardens my grandmother took me to.

White Common Yarrow

Yesterday we featured a yellow yarrow, as found on the Sonoma Coast. Today we find a white yarrow.

Achillea millefolium


White Evening Primrose


Nice! And it’s native. What’s its name and care info? I’m too lazy to type it all out so here’s a picture of our label.


That was easier.

It must be spring. It did get to 75 today.

White Flowering Currant

Our first new California Ribes this year, and it’s a white-flowering California Ribes this year to add to our currently blooming pink and red flowering California Ribes.


Ribes “White Icicle”

California Native
Deciduous Shrub
Sun: Sun to Part Shade
Water: Low
Size: to 8ft.

Icy white flower clusters in early spring lead to dark blue hued berries in summer. The flowers attract native bees and butterflies while the berries are a good source of food for other local wildlife including birds. Hardy to 10F.

White Sea Thrift


Armeria maritima “Alba”
California Native
Groundcover Perennial

Sun: Full/Partial Sun
Water: Low
Size: 10-12″

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 12″. Can handle sandy soils or clay. Hardy to below 0F.

White Succulents


Dudleya farinosa is normally a pretty green California native succulent, coastal northern California the  best more interesting about it. But the Noyo River form is white white white. This is also northern California Coastal, but almost all the way to Fort Bragg.

White Witch


Solanum “Spring Frost”

I feel like I featured this one on the blog recently. Should I go ahead and do a search? Obviously not since I’ve already gotten this far in the post and finding out that I did already post this plant recently would only piss me off.

Anyway its a low growing California native perennial that will bloom for the entire spring season and again occasionally in the summer if you water it.

Poisonous of course, being a Solanum, i.e. in the Nightshade family, so enjoy the flowers but don’t eat the leaves. I don’t know about any berries, but in general stay away from all parts of Nightshades except for tomatoes and other edible Nightshade family fruits.

Wild California Lilac


Ceanothus griseus “Yankee Point”

Fast growing ground-cover shrub, 2 to 3 ft. tall, with glossy dark green leaves and blue flower clusters winter through spring. Can handle partial shade and as low as 20º F.

Well, that’s the technical info, but what about the feeling? The meaning? The purpose? Well, it’s an interesting photo…

Winter Leafing Ocotillos

The Ocotillos are leafing out so pretty!

Fouquieria diguetii

Fouquieria formosa

Fouquieria splendens has very fresh new little leaflets!

Winter Mallow


Malacothamnus “Casitas” is still in bloom months later. Here was a photo from October.

I can see the bloom cycle is coming to an end and should last maybe a month more.

Winter Solstice Blooms 3

Some of the native flowering currants are completely dormant this time of year.

This one isn’t.


Ribes sanguineum

Woolly Daisy

Eriophyllum lanatum “Siskiyou” was very popular in the spring, but not so much at the nursery this time of year. I wonder why? There are way more blooms now than there ever were then. So bright!

Eriophyllum lanatum “Siskiyou”
Oregon Sunshine, or Woolly Daisy
Native to California and Oregon
Evergreen Perennial Groundcover

Sun: Full to Partial Sun
Water: Low
Size: 12″h, spreads 3ft. wide

Pretty whitish to grey-green woolly leaves with stunning displays of yellow daisy flowers throughout the spring. Tidy and low-growing groundcover, blooms pop up to 12″h. Cut back after blooming. Hardy to 15F.


Our first 4″ Achillea is in bloom for spring, and the cultivar is….



I always recommend mixing in some yarrow with native grasses. They disappear into a meadow look with their rich green foliage, easy to forget they’re there and then, boom… they bloom, and these very brightly colored sprays of small blooms pop up right above everything else. Nice!


Achillea “Paprika”

Do you want to see all the different yarrows currently in bloom all at once, or should I space them out so you can enjoy their colorful blooms for weeks to come?

Yarrow Bloom Sprays

Achillea “Heidi” is a burgundy yarrow, but the blooms, even on one plant, come in pinks, reds and whites too. Alongside the yellow and terra cotta yarrows at the nursery, and some other pink and burgundy ones too, they are a proliferation of colors. Very beautiful. I recommend them for along sidewalk strips because they can take some abuse and some traffic and come back with big bloom sprays throughout the year.

Yarrow Colors


This pale yellow yarrow is Achillea “Credo”. It has particularly small flowers in that large bloom head.

Yarrow in Red and Yellow


Achillea “Red Velvet”

North America; Cultivated variety
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: Low, blooms to 3 feet

Green gray foliage. Flowers summer thru fall. Often used for cut or dried flowers. Attracts butterflies and birds. Hardy to below 0F.


Achillea “Moonshine”

Cultivated variety, including a California Native species
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low to Moderate
Size: Fern-like foliage to 36″

Yellow bloom sprays in Spring through Summer that fade as they age. Often used for cut or dried flowers. Attracts butterflies and birds. Hardy to below 0F.

Yellow Common Yarrow

These uncultivated varieties of yarrow come in yellow and white on the Sonoma Coast. Here’s the yellow version in amongst the rocks.

And from above, another stand of yellow yarrow:

Yellow Daisy Flowers

I see more of the coreopsis flowers have opened. I took the photo this morning before the storm started. And the storm has started.

Coreopsis gigantea, California native from the Channel Islands.


Yellow Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium californicum

This tiny yellow flower is hard to photograph. The yellow is very dense and the flower is very small. Here’s my secret: (shhh, it’s photoshop.) I isolated that baby from the rest of the picture and tweaked it up good.

Here’s how it looked straight out of the camera.


Yellow Lupine

Finally our supposed yellow lupines are yellow not purple.

Lupinus arboreus


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