Matilija poppy

Our first giant poppy flower of the year!

According to Calflora,

Matilija poppy is a glabrous, shrubby perennial, heavy branched and woody at the base, growing to 8′ tall.

I wonder what glabrous means? I suppose I should take a botanical terminology class. Or, let me check the wikipedia.

In botany and mycology, glabrous is an adjective used to describe a morphological feature as smooth, glossy, having no trichomes (bristles or hair-like structures), or glaucousness (see also indumentum). No plants have hair, although some structures may resemble it. Glabrous features may be an important means of identifying flora species. Glabrous characteristics of leaves, stems, and fruit are commonly used in plant keys.

Romneya coulteri

Matillija Poppy

Romneya coulteri in the Napa Valley. Is that where we are? It is!

Whippet too.

Matillija Poppy


The first Romneya coulteri bloom of the year! Now this is exciting news.



Monkeyflowers blooming in a variety of colors.


Mixed Monkey Flowers


There are three different Mimulus Hybrids in this photo. Don’t you wish you could plant three different hybrid Monkey Flowers in your garden? You can! We now carry a varied selection of 4″ mixed Monkey Flowers, i.e. Mimulus Hybrids.

This is kind of a lazy post for a Sunday. I should probably say something about these particular plants. Instead I will leave you with this link. Links take work, too, you know! Admittedly not a lot of work, especially that link, which is a lazy link, but not so lazy that I didn’t provide it for you to enjoy. To the zoo!

Mixed Yarrows

Not only do we have lots of mixed color Monkeyflowers, but we also have mixed Yarrows.

This red is probably Achillea “Paprika”.

These are all in the California Native section of the nursery although that’s an iffy designation for these hybrids and cultivars, but close enough.

Monkey Flower

The first Monkey Flower of Spring 2011 is….

Mimulus “Georgie White”

Wow! That’s my new favorite Monkey Flower.

Monkey Hand Tree

The x Chiranthofremontia has bloomed.

This Chiranthodendron x Fremontodendron hybrid is interesting. It’s a 15ft. shrub with stunning flowers. Far Out Flora got their photo of this plant up before me. How about that!

Monkey Hand Tree

X Chiranthofremontia

Common Name: Monkey Hand Tree

Origin: California

Hybrid: Chiranthodendron pentadactylon X Fremontodendron “Pacific Sunset”

Large, broad, showy intergenic hybrid. If provided space in a garden, this centerpiece plant will be covered in golden flowers in spring. No water once established.

Temperature: Hardy to 25°F

Sun: Full Sun

Water: Low; Summer Drought

Size: 15ft. to 20ft.

Monkey Hand Tree

X Chiranthofremontia

Common Name: Monkey Hand Tree

Origin: California

Hybrid: Chiranthodendron pentadactylon X Fremontodendron “Pacific Sunset”

Large, broad, showy intergenic hybrid. If provided space in a garden, this centerpiece plant will be covered in golden flowers in spring. No water once established.

Temperature: Hardy to 25°F

Sun: Full Sun

Water: Low; Summer Drought

Size: 15ft. to 20ft.



Mimulus “Jelly Bean Terra Cotta”
California Hybrid
Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Low
Size: Shrub to 2ft.

Deep reddish-orange flowers will bloom year round.  Deer resistant.  Hardy to about 20°F.


Monkeyflowers are some very productive N. California Native bloomers, as you can see right here.

8th Street, Berkeley. I’m guessing Mimulus “Eleanor” though possibly it’s M. “Jelly Bean Gold”

As you can see we also have a lot of very nice blooming Monkeyflowers at the nursery right now too.


That’s just perfect for the Bay Area. Who doesn’t want to walk out with some Monkeyflowers under their arms as they walk down 4th Street to get themselves a nice mocha at Peets.


There are a lot of different colors of Monkeyflowers, i.e. the Mimuluses are running rampant.

California wildflowers for everyone!


Mimulus “Apricot” I assume so named for the apricot color of the flowers, and not for the apricot taste of the fruit. But then what do I know.

Mimulus Pamela

Mimulus “Pamela” is named for someone I assume who came to the party with the name of Pamela. So says I. Oh, and Pamela is Vietnamese for Yellow.

Mimulus Valentine

Mimulus “Valentine” is obviously named for the Valentine region of Spain where they grow the cherry red lipstick colors so often favored on Valentine’s Day.

Mimulus Curious Orange

Mimulus “Curious Orange” is probably named after Curious George, the famous British Monkey-Boy. A lot of Mimuluses are named Georgie-something and Iassume that is trademarked so these next propagators of Orange Monkeyflowers took the Curious part of the name instead.

Monkeyflowers for everyone!

Moonshine Yarrow

Achillea Moonshine

Achillea “Moonshine”
Golden Yarrow
Cultivated variety, including a California Native species
Herbaceous Perennial

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

A rich yellow bloom Spring/Summer that fades as it ages. Remove spent flowers for a late summer rebloom.

More Flowers

These Coreopsis giganteas are crazy with flowers. Compare to last weeks post!


More June Rain in the Bay Area

Here, have some flowers.

OK, so those flowers aren’t exactly “pretty” but they are called Baja Fairy Duster.

Calliandra californica will get 6 ft. x 6 ft. in an open, vase-shaped shrub. The red puffball flowersare pollinated by hummingbirds and butterflies too. But not today. They’re all hiding from the rain.

More Mallow

Abutilon palmeri – Indian Mallow

Shrubby to 6 ft. tall, although I’ve only seen them get to around 4ft.

Very heat-tolerant. Fuzzy gray leaves, orange poppy flowers. An astounding addition to any drought-tolerant or native-plant garden. You know you want to lean over and look deeper. Go ahead.

More New Yarrow Colors

Achillea “Salmon Beauty” is a A. millefolium hybrid that has the most salmon-colored flowers of any of the yarrows. I think it may have been a german hybrid originally.

Achillea millefolium “Pink Island Form” is from the Channel Islands, gets 2ft. tall bloom stalks, and is just as hardy here as the local white form.

More Solstice Blooms

Some say I was wrong to post solstice blooms yesterday when today is the real solstice.

Enjoy this one then, today.


Arctostaphylos “Austin Griffiths”

Native Bloom in Yellow

Fremontodendron “San Gabriel”
The Flannel Bush gets a whole heck of a lot of these very graphic thick yellow flowers. And I mean that the color is thick, not the petals, although they are too.

These are a great plant to espalier if you have the right place for it. On the other hand, they are a definite allergen to about 1/2 the population if you rub up against them.

On the 3rd hand, there’s always a little brother who can be tossed into the flannel bush to see what reaction your family might have to it.

Native Lupines

Did I mention that we have our California native lupines back in stock in the liter pot size?  No blooms yet on these smaller plants. The first one is of course more popular with the Berkeley crowd.

Lupinus albifrons

Lupinus arboreus

Still wondering why L. albifrons is the more popular? Because it’s less common. That’s the crux of the bargain at a small specialty nursery.

Here’s a larger plant from last year.

Man, that’s an attractive lupine. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s more popular because of those silvery leaves. One never knows what goes on in the mind of a customer. Except when they tell you, and then you do know.

Native Nightshade

Solanum umbelliferum “Spring Frost” is a very pretty white-flowered cultivar of the Blue Witch Nightshade. But don’t ask for any at the nursery, we’re out. And we don’t get it in very often anyway. But you never know if you come by often then one day, maybe, there it will be. Yay!

If you do have it, go ahead and prune it back in the late fall so it comes out pretty in the spring, and then prune it before summer again to get it to rebloom all summer long.

Native Succulents

I know you’ve all been slogging through my week-long fascination with native shrubs and wildflowers found along the Sonoma Coast, and were wondering when I would get to the succulents.

Well, wait no longer.

Sedum spathulifolium

We grow this Pacific Stonecrop and it sells like hotcakes on a frigid morning at the high school football game. Other sedums are quite popular too. But this one is special, because, you know, it’s very nice.

Nightshade in Bloom

Nice low water plants, the nightshades we carry.

This one is called White Witch and is a California Native

Solanum umbelliferum “Spring Frost”

Here we have the classic Spiny Tomato.

Solanum pyracanthum

People love them some nightshades in their garden.



Fouquieria splendens in mid summer bloom!

From the Mojave and Colorado deserts; spiny stems. Hardy to 0F in very fast draining soil.

One-Leaf Onion


This is a local native onion. And it’s a pretty annual bloomer, with clumps of grass-like leaves through the winter and spring. But I’d call it a deciduous bulb.

Allium unifolium

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