Water

Stapelia leendertziae

Erect green quadrangular stems, burgundy carrion flowers, 3″ across, cup-shaped.

Stapelia scitula

S. paniculata subs. scitula

Soft upright stems to 3″; small variable flowers, cream-colored to deep red.

Stapelia x berlinensis

Orbea variegata hybrid

Erect green quadrangular stems, variable burgundy carrion flowers.

Stapelianthus decaryi

Stapeliad with small, deep, creamy-yellow and red-spotted flowers. Splotchy stems to 4″.

Stephania erecta

Round caudex to 12″. Vining with erect stems and round flat green leaves. Water well when leafed out.

Stephania perrieri

Deciduous; variable caudex to 12″, vining to 30ft.
Water well when leafed out.

Stephania venosa

Moderate sized caudiciform, 10-15″ across, with broad green leafy vines and blood red sap. Small orange flower sprays. Donut-shaped seeds are called Moon Seeds. Low water, but rich soils.

Stetsonia coryne

Tall columnar to 26ft.; branchy with long spines; night blooms

Stipa arundinacea

Anemathele lessoniana
Evergreen Grass

Very dramatic colors in an arching 3 ft. clump grass. Clay-tolerant, drought-tolerant.

Stipa arundinacea “Sirocco”

Anemathele lessoniana
Evergreen Grass

Ornamental grass with great orange-brown fall color!  Tall maroon bloom spikes in summer. Vigorous grower. Tolerates clay soil, great in pots or as a focal point in the garden.

 

Stipa gigantea

Evergreen Feather-Grass

Very dramatic when used where afternoon sun back-lights the golden cloud of blooms. Can reseed.

Stipa pulchra

Nassella pulchra
Semi-Deciduous Meadow Grass

Classic grasslands plant throughout California. Turns deep golden when dormant in summer. Masses well. Deer resistant.

Strelitzia juncea

Evergreen shrub

Striking narrow-leaved version of the classic Bird of Paradise. Forms large upright clumps filled in Spring and Summer with large orange bird like flowers. Very low water once established.

Strelitzia nicolai

Evergreen shrub

Large leaves, stretching vertically and tree-like, spreading out in a fan. Giant white flowers. Leaves will show damage with high winds, easy to prune. Can grow indoor, but won’t flower.

Strelitzia reginae

Evergreen shrub

Clumps of wide, large leaves, stretching vertically and tree-like, spreading out in a fan. Large orange and blue flowers. Leaves will show damage with high winds, easy to prune.

Strobilanthes dyerianus

Evergreen shrub

Dense evergreen shrub with very attractive paired fuzzy leaves, age to a silvery-gray.

Tacinga inamoena

Charming Opuntia relative with small oblong pads that are spineless and edible. Variable flowers of red and orange in spring.

Tacinga saxatilis

Opuntia saxatilis

Medium prickly pear, sprawls to 3ft, long white soft spines

Tagetes lemmonii “Compacta”

Evergreen Shrub

Compact perennial bush w/ evergreen foliage, fragrant when crushed. Flowers late summer through fall with bright yellow flowers. Butterflies.

Tanacetum densum

Evergreen Perennial

Feathery grey leaves form a dense groundcover. Small yellow flowers pop up 6-12″ above the foliage in spring. Ideal for coastal gardens – can’t take heat.

Tanquana hilmarii

Pairs of small pudgy leaves, mostly solitary; vibrant yellow flowers. Low water.