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CA Native Plants for Western L.A. County – Plants with Yellow and Cream-colored Flowers
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  1. 1. CA Native Plants for Western L.A. County – Plants with Yellow and Cream-colored Flowers I Scientific Name Common Name Trees and Tree-like Large Shrubs Cercocarpus montanus Birchleaf Mountain X var. blancheae/ C. alnifolius/ Mahogany C. betuloides var. blancheae Catalina Isl. Cercocarpus traskiae Mountain Mahogony X * Forestiera neomexicana (pubescens) Desert Olive Size Flower/ season 6-12 ft tall 4 ft. wide Yellowwhite/Sp FS Welldrained 7-24 ft tall Yellowwhite/Sp FS Rocky best 8-15 ft t 8 ft wide Yellow/Sp FS Any welldrained 1-2 to 2 Crème/Sp FS Any welldrained 1-2 < 25 ft tall Light** Soil Water Zone+ 1-2 1 Availability Notes 1, 7, 13 Hedge; evergreen; upright form 8 6, 8 evergreen; silvery seeds; endangered Berries for birds; graygreen foliage Tolerates seasonal flooding Hairs cause dermatitis; ‘El Dorado’, ‘Pine Hill’ ‘CA Glory’, ‘Dara’s Gold’, ‘Ken Taylor’ ‘Pacific Sunset’ X *Fraxinus dipetala California Ash * Fremontodendron X californicum ssp. californicum CA Flannelbush 5-15+ ft tall & wide Yellow/SpSu FS/PS Welldrained essential 1 1, 5, 7, 10, 13, 14, 16 Southern (Mexican) Flannelbush 5-15 ft tall & wide Yellow/SpSu FS/PS Welldrained essential 1 1, 3. 9, 10, 13, 14 Lyonothamnus X floribundus ssp. Catalina Ironwood To 50 ft t 15-30 ft w Whiteyellow/ SpSu FS/PS Any welldrained 1-2 1, 3, 7, 9, 13, 14 Evergreen * Morella (Myrica) X californica California Wax Myrtle 6-30 ft t 10-20 ft w Yellowwhite/Sp FS/PS/ FSH Any; we;;drained best 2-3 to 3 3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 19 Evergreen; good for hedges; purple berries Welldrained 1 X Fremontodendron mexicanum aspleniifolius & floribundus 1, 13 Large Shrubs (> 6 ft tall; including those for screens and hedges) X Cleome isomeris (Isomeris arborea) X Dendromecon harfordii Fremontodendron californican X mexicanum Bladderpod 2-6+ ft Yellow/ Sp + FS Channel Island Tree Poppy 8 ft tall 4 ft wide Yellow/W-Sp FS Flannelbush 6-18 ft tall 4-12 wide Yellow/ Sp-Su FS Any welldrained Welldrained essential 1-2 1 1, 3, 7, 10, 12, 13, 16 1, 9, 13, 14, 19 1, 3, 9, 13, Unusual scent; attractive branch Showy; bluegreen foliage ‘Ken Taylor’ smaller; can espalier 1
  2. 2. I X Scientific Name Common Name Size Flower/ season Mahonia (Berberis) nevinii Nevin’s Barberry 3-8+ ft tall 6-12 ft w Yellow/Sp FS/PS Welldrained Buff/Sp FS/PS Any 1-2 to 2-3 Yellow/Sp FS/PS/ FSH Any 1 to 1-2 Yellow/Sp FS/PS/ FSH Any 1-2 to 2 Yellow/ W-Sp FS/PS/ FSH Any 1-2 to 2-3 X * Rhamnus californica California Coffeeberry X * Rhamnus crocea Redberry Buckthorn X * Rhamnus ilicifolia Holly-leaf Redberry X Ribes aureum var. gracillimum Golden Currant 6-12 ft t & wide; short cultivars 3-6 ft tall 6 ft wide 12 ft tall 5-6 ft w To 10 ft Light** Soil Water Zone+ 1-2 Availability Notes 1, 7, 13, 14 Edible berries; good bird habitat 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 18 'Eve Case', 'Mound San Bruno' smaller 1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 20 1, 10, 12-14, 20, 21 7, 12, 14 Pretty fruits; birds Nice hedge plant’ holly-like leaves Any welldrained; Birds eat berries Smaller Shrubs ( < 6 ft. tall) ; includes woody sub-shrubs 2-6 ft tall & wide 3-6 ft tall Yellow to Or/Sp-Su FS Gold/Su FS Emory Baccharis 6-12 ft T to 10 ft W Buff-Wht/ Su-F FS/PS any FS/PS any X * Abutilon palmeri Indian Mallow X Artemisia californica Coastal Sagebrush X Baccharis emoryi Welldrained Welldrained 1-2 1 1 to 1-2 Winter flooding 1 to 1-2 Winter flooding 1, 8, 13, 14 1, 7-10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18 1, 7, 10, 13, 14, 16 'Canyon Gray' Salt tolerant X ** Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point Dwarf’ Dwarf Pigeon Point Coyote Bush 6-12 ft T to 10 ft W Yellow/F male X * Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium Oregon Grape < 6 ft Yellow/Sp PS any 2-3 to 3 1, 7, 9, 13, 14 California Bricklebush Nevin’s Brickelbush < 4 ft tall to 4 ft w Buff/Su-F FS/PS any 1 to 1-2 1, 3, 10, 12, 16 Fragrant flowers 1-2 ft tall Buff/F FS/PS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 12 Silvery foliage Camissonia X cheiranthifolia spp. suffruticosa Beach Primrose (Suncup) < 3 ft tall 2-5 ft wide Yellow/W-F FS/PS Sandy best 1-2 to 2 1, 10, 13, 14, 16 Best near beach X Coreopsis gigantea Giant Coreopsis Yellow/Sp FS/PS 1-2 to 2 1, 2, 3, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, Unusual Yellow/ Sp-Su FS/PS 1 to 2-3 1, 6, 7, 13, 14 ‘Silver Canyon’ Cream/Sp-F FS/PS 1, 10, 16, 20 (?var) Unusual flowers, seedpods; silvery foliage X Brickellia californica * Brickellia nevinii X Constancea (Eriophyllum) nevinii Catalina Silverlace X Croton californicus var. californicus California Croton 3-8 3 ft 3-4 2-4 ft tall wide ft tall ft wide 1-5 ft tall 2-5 ft w Welldrained Any welldrained Welldrained 1 to 1-2 13 2
  3. 3. Scientific Name Common Name Size Flower/ season Croton californicus var. tenius California Croton 1-5 ft Cream/Sp-F Deinandra clementina I Catalina Tarweed (Tar Plant) Light** FS/PS Soil Welldrained Water Zone+ 1 to 1-2 yellow Availability Notes 1, 10 Unusual flowers, seedpods ?? X Dendromecon rigida Bush Poppy 4-8 ft tall 4-6 ft wide Yellow/ Sp-Su FS X Encelia californica CA Bush Sunflower 2-5 ft Yellow/ W-Sp FS/PS X * Encelia farinosa Brittle Bush 3-5 ft tall 3-5 ft wide Yellow/ Sp-Su FS X Ericameria ericoides Mock Heather 1-4 ft tall & wide Yellow/ Su-F FS X * Ericameria nauseosa Rabbitbush 2-5 ft tall & wide Yellow/Su-F FS Palmer's Goldenbush 1-3 ft tall 2-5 ft wide Yellow/Su-F FS Conejo Buckwheat 1 ft tall 1-3 ft wide Yellow/SpSu FS/PS * Eriophyllum staechadifolium var. depressum Seaside Wooly Sunflower 1-2 ft tall 2-3 ft wide Yellow/Su-F FS ** Fremontodendron ‘El Dorado Gold’ El Dorado Gold Flannelbush 3-6 ft tall 6-12 ft w Yellow-gold/ Sp FS Grindelia camporum var. bracteosa Bracted Gumplant 2-4 ft tall 2-3 ft wide Yellow/Su Fs Sawtooth Goldenbush 1-3 ft Yellow/Su-F FS Any welldrained Coast Goldenbush 1-3 ft tall and wide Yellow/ Su-F FS Any 1-2 1, 14 Tolerates seaside conditions 3-5 ft tall & wide Yellow/ Sp-Su FS/PS Welldrained 1-2 1, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 22, 24 Fragrant flowers 4-6 ft tall and wide Buff/ Su-F 1, 3, 10, 13, 16 Aromatic; butterfly plant Ericameria palmeri var. pachylepis X * Eriogonum crocatum X X Hazardia squarrosa X Isocoma menziesii var. menziesii * Keckiella antirrhinoides Lepidospartum X squamatum X Yellow Bush Penstemon Scale Broom; CA Broomsage FS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 Any welldrained 1 to 1-2 Any; sandy best Any; sandy best any 1 to 1-2 1 to 1-2 1-2 to 2-3 3, 7, 10, 13, 14, 16 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 19 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 21, 20, 24 Any welldrained Welldrained essential Welldrained Sandy best Short-lived; whiter w/ little water 1, 6, 10, 16 Good for seaside 7, 10, 13, 16 Insect-eaters 1 to 1-2 any Good winter color 8, 10, 16 1 to 1-2 1, 3, 8, 12, 14, 19 1, 8, 10, 16 Tolerates seaside conditions 16 Low mounding shrub 1 to 1-2 1, 2, 6, 12, 16 Tolerates salty, alkali soils 1 to 1-2 1, 2 1-2 to 2-3 1 1 to 1-2 3
  4. 4. I X Flower/ season 3-5 ft Yellow-red/ Sp-Su 2-3 ft tall 3-5 ft wide Yellow/Sp FS coast PS 2-6 ft Yellowgreen/Sp PS Butterweed 2-3 ft Yellow/ Su-F San Diego Sunflower 1-2 ft tall 1-3 ft wide Common Name Lotus scoparius var. scoparius Deer Vetch/ Deer Broom Guadalupe Island Rock Daisy Basket Bush; Sour Berry; Skunkbrush X * Perityle incana X Rhus trilobata X Size Scientific Name Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii X * Viguiera laciniata Light** FS Soil Any welldrained Welldrained Water Zone+ 1 to 1-2 Availability Notes 1, 2, 3, 10, 13, 14, 16, 18 1-2 1, 7, 13, 14, 19 Evergreen with silvery foliage any 1-2 10, 13, 14, 16, 19 Edible berries FS any 1 Yellow/Sp FS any 1 to 1-2 13, 14 1, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16 Perennial Vines 2, 13 Seeds edible; bad odor when fruits are young 3, 7, 13, 19 Mulch soil 1 to 1-2 1, 3, 8, 12, 13, 14 Edible fruit 1 to 1-2 1, 9, 14 Tol.seaside conditions; suckers (‘pups’) Stinking Gourd; Calabazilla To 20 ft Yellow/Su FS/PS Sandy best X * Lonicera involucrata Twinberry 3-5 ft tall; to 20 ft w. Yellow/Su PS/FSH any 1-2 to 2-3 Lonicera subspicata X var. denudate & subspicata Santa Barbara & Southern Honeysuckles 3-8 ft Cream/ Sp-Su PS/PS/ FSH any Cucurbita foetidissima 1-2 Perennial Groundcover Plants X * Agave shawii Ambrosia chamissonis ssp. bipinnatasecta Argentina/Potentilla X anserina ** Artemesia californica ‘Canyon Gray’ ** Artemisia californica ‘Montara’ X Artemisia douglasiana ** Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Silver King’, ‘Silver Queen’, 'Valerie Finnis' Coastal Agave/ Shaw’s Century Plant 2-3 ft tall 2-5 ft wide Yellow/ at age 15 yrs FS Welldrained Silver Beach Burr To 5 ft Buff/Su-F FS Sand 1-2 to 2 2, 10, 16 Sand dune plant Salt tolerant Pacific Cinquefoil 1 ft tall 2-3 ft w Yellow/ Sp-Su FS/PS Sandy 2 to 3 13 (? ssp) Seaside plant; can be weedy 1-2 ft tall 8-10 ft w. Green-gold/ Su FS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 19 2-3 ft tall 3-4 ft wide Green-gold/ Su FS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 1, 6, 8, 13, 16, 19 Mugwort 2-4+ ft tall & wide Cream/Su PS Welldrained 1-2 to 2-3 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 Tolerates seasonal flooding White Sagebrush (Western Mugwort) cultivars 2-3 ft tall 3-4 ft wide Cream/ Sp-F FS Welldrained 1-2 to 2 3, 8, 13, 14 Dies back in winter Canyon Gray Sagebrush Montara Sagebrush 4
  5. 5. Common Name Size Flower/ season Beach Sagewort / Sandhill Sage 1-2 ft. tall 2-4 ft wide Yellow/Su Atriplex californica CA Saltbush 1 ft t; spreading Yellow/Sp-F Baccharis douglasii Marsh Baccharis < 3 ft Cream/F male FS/PS Any incl. clays 2-3 ** Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point’ Pigeon Point Dwarf Coyote Bush 2 ft tall 6-8 ft wide Cream/F male FS/PS Any incl. clays 1 to 1-2 1, 3, 6, 8, 13, 16 ** Baccharis pilularis ‘Twin Peaks 2’ Twin Peaks Dwarf Coyote Bush 1-3 ft tall to 10 ft w Cream/F male FS/PS Any incl. clays 1 to 1-2 1, 3, 8, 13 ** Baccharis ‘Centennial’ Centennial Baccharis ** Baccharis ‘Starn’ Starn Baccharis Creeping Oregon Grape ‘Compacta’ Oregon Grape 2-3 ft tall 5-6 ft wide 2-3 ft tall 5-6 ft wide 1 ft tall < 6 ft wide Cream/F male Cream/F male * Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium var. repens ** Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium ‘Compacta’ I Scientific Name **Artemisia X pycnocephala ‘David’s Choice’) 2-4 2-4 2-3 3-5 ft ft ft ft tall wide tall wide Light** Sandy best 1-2 FS sandy 1-2 to 2 Notes 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 18 ‘ 1, 6, 20 Tol. seaside conditions 1, 13 Light green leaves; good for coastal region Small dark leaves; can shear to size Baccharis pilularis X B. sarathroides hyb. Baccharis pilularis X B. sarathroides Any 1-2 to 2-3 3, 8, FS Any 1-2 to 2-3 8 Any; acidic 1-2 to 3 1, 7, 9, 13, 14 Good habitat; edible berries 1-2 to 2-3 1, 13 Good habitat; edible berries 1, 2, 6, 12, 16 Spreading 5, 19 Mat-like; Coastal best PS/FSH Yellow/Sp PS/FSH Large Gumplant * Grindelia stricta ssp. X venulosa (var. platyphylla) Spreading Gum Plant 1 ft tall 3+ ft wide Yellow/Su FS/PS X * Iva hayesiana San Diego Marsh Elder 2-4 ft tall 4-6 ft wide Yellow/Su FS/PS/ FSH Heerman’s Lotus < 1 ft Yellow/Spr-F California Buttercup < 2 ft X * Aquilegia formosa Western Columbine X Artemisia douglasiana Mugwort X Ranunculus californicus Availability FS X Grindelia camporum Lotus heermannii Water Zone+ FS/PS Yellow/Sp Yellow/ Sp-Fa Soil FS Any; acidic Welldrained sandy 1-2 1 to 1-2 Any, incl. clays 1 to 2-3 1, 3, 8, 13 FS Welldrained 1-2 to 2-3 10, 16 Yellow/Sp PS sandy 2-3 to 3 Pac Coast Seed Very welldrained soils 1-2 ft Redyellow/Su PS/FSH Welldrained 2 to 3 1, 3, 5, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20 Lovely for shade 2-4+ ft tall & wide Crème/Su PS Welldrained 1-2 to 2-3 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 Tolerates seasonal flooding Herbaceous Perennials 5
  6. 6. Common Name Size Flower/ season X * Coreopsis maritima Sea Dahlia 1-2 ft tall & wide Yellow/Spr FS/PS Sandy best Diplacus (Mimulus) linearis * Eriogonum umbellatum Eriophyllum X confertiflorum var. confertiflorum Erysimum capitatum X var. capitatum Erysimum insulare ssp. X suffrutescens Chaparral Bush Monkey Flower Sulfur-flowered Buckwheat 2-3 ft tall 1-2 ft wide Yellow/WSpr FS/PS 1 ft tall 3 ft wide Yellow/ Golden Yarrow 1-3 ft Gold-yellow/ Sp-Su Western Wallflower 1-3 ft 1-2 ft wide Yellow-Or/ W-Sp Dune Wallflower 1-3 ft tall 1-2 ft wide Yellow/W-Sp FS/PS X Euthamia occidentalis Western Goldenrod 3-6 ft tall Yellow/Su-F FS Any X Grindelia camporum Large Gumplant 2-3 ft tall 3-5 ft wide 1-2 ft tall & wide Yellow/ Sp-Fa Yellow/ Sp-Su FS Welldrained FS Any Showy Lotus 8-24 in tall Cream/Sp Wooly Lotus 1 ft tall 1-3 ft w Yellow/Sp-F FS/PS 1-5 ft Yellow/W-Sp FS Any 2-3 to 3 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 1 ft tall & wide Yellow/ Sp-Su FS/PS any 2-3 to 3 8 7, 10, 14 I X Scientific Name Grindelia hirsutula var. hirsutula Lotus grandiflorus var. grandiflorus Lotus heermannii X Mimulus guttatus Mimulus moschatus (var. moniliformis) Hairy Gumplant Seep Monkeyflower Musk Monkeyflower Light** Water Zone+ Availability Notes 1-2 8, 13, 14 Tolerates seaside conditions Welldrained 1 to 1-2 3, 10, 13 FS/PS Welldrained 1-2 1, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16 FS/PS Sandy best 1-2 1, 3, 6, 10, 13, 14, 16, 18 FS PS Soil Welldrained 1-2 to 2 13 Sandy 1-2 to 2-3 1, 2, 10 Welldrained Welldrained 13, 16 Butterfly plant; can be invasive 1, 2, 6, 12, 16 Spreading 1-2 to 2-3 1, 10 Butterfly plant 1-2 1, 13 Short-lived 2-3 10, 16 2 to 3 1-2 X Solidago californica California Goldenrod 2-4 ft tall spreading Yellow/Su-F FS/PS Any 1-2 to 2-3 Solidago spectabilis var. confinis Southern Goldenrod 3-6 ft tall spreading Yellow/Su-F FS/PS Any 2-3 * Thermopsis macrophylla * Venegasia carpesioides Yellow False Lupine/Yellow Banner 1-2 ft Yellow/ Canyon Sunflower 4-6 ft tall 2-4 ft wide Yellow/Sp-F X FS (coast) PS (other) PS Tol. moderate salt, alkali soils 10 Rocky/ sandy 1-2 to 2 8, 19 Any 2 to 2-3 1, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 24 leaves: boiled as greens Tolerates seasonal flooding Tolerates seasonal flooding Long-blooming; seeds for birds 6
  7. 7. I Scientific Name Common Name Size Flower/ season Light** Herbaceous Annuals & Biennials (also short-lived perennials usually grown as annuals) Soil – Achyrachaena mollis Blow-wives 1 ft tall Yellow/Sp FS/PS * Agoseris retrorsa Spear-leaf Mountain Dandylion 1 ft tall 1-2 ft wide Yellow/ Sp-Su FS/PS Ambrosia acanthicarpa Annual Bursedge 2-3 ft tall Yellow/F 1-2 ft tall Gold/Sp X 1-3 ft tall Yellow-gold/ Sp 1-3 ft tall Yellow/ Sp 1-3 ft tall & wide < 1 ft tall 1-3 ft wide 1-3 ft tall & wide 1-2 ft tall & wide Yellowgreen/ Su Yellow/SpSu Small Evening Primrose Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia * Amsinckia vernicosa var. furcata Atriplex argentea ssp. expansa X Camissonia bistorta Camissonia californica X Camissonia ignota Camissonia micrantha Centromadia X (Hemizonia) parryi ssp. australis Chaenactis glabriuscula X var. glabruiscula & var. orcuttiana X Croton setigerus Deinandra (Hemizonia) fasciculata Emmenanthe X penduliflora Eschscholzia californica X ssp. californica Eastwood’s Fiddleneck Common Fiddleneck Forked Green Fiddleneck Silverscale Saltbush California Sun Cup California/Mustard Primrose Availability Notes no water after flowering Any incl. clays Amsinckia eastwoodiae Water Zone+ Showy white seed head Showy seed head 1 to 2-3 19 Any 1-2 13 FS Any 1 to 2 FS Welldrained 1 FS/PS Welldrained 1 FS/PS Welldrained 1 19 ‘Griswold Hills’; sweet fragrance Welldrained 1-2 10 Tolerates alkali soils Any 1-2 1, 10, 13, 16 ‘Sun Flakes’ FS FS/PS Welldrained Clays best Sandy best 10, 16 weedy 16 10, 16 Yellow/Sp FS Yellow/Sp FS 6-18 in. T Yellow/Sp FS Southern Tarplant 2-4 ft tall Yellow/Su-F FS any 1 2 Yellow Pincushion 1-3 ft tall FS any 1 10, 13 Doveweed; Turkey Mullein < 1 ft tall 2-4 ft wide Cream/Su FS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 2, 10, 16 Slender Tarweed 1-3 ft tall Gold-yellow/ Su-F FS any 1 to 1-2 10, 16 Whispering Bells 1-3 ft tall Light Yellow / Sp FS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 13 Coastal CA Poppy < 1 ft tall Yellow/Or/ Sp-F 1 to 2 1, 2 many Good for slopes & in grasses Jurupa Hills sun-cups Yellow/Sp FS/PS 1 10, 13, 16 1-2 13 1-2 Pretty little flowers 10 Vernal pool plant Somewhat invasive; stinging hairs Be sure to get coastal ssp. 7
  8. 8. Scientific Name Flower/ season Common Name Size X * Geraea canescens Hairy Desert Sunflower 1-3 ft. X Gilia nevinii Nevin’s Gilia 1-2 ft tall X Gilia tricolor Bird’s Eye Gilia 1-2 ft tall 1-5 ft tall 1 ft wide 5-8 ft tall X Hemizonia fasciculata Rosilla; Sneezeweed Common (Annual) Sunflower Slender Tarweed Yellow/ Sp & F Yellow/Blue Sp Yellow/Blue Sp Yellowbrown/ Su X Heterotheca grandiflora I Light** FS Soil Sandy Water Zone+ 1 to 2 Availability Notes 13, 16 Smaller than Helianthus annuus FS/PS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 2, 19 Lovely flowers FS/PS any 1 to 1-2 2, 5, 10, 13 Easy; fragrant FS any 2-3 to 3 6, 13, 21 Edible; pollinator plant; Yellow/Su-F FS any 1-2 2, 10 (local var.) easy Med/tall Goldyellow/Su FS Any 1 Telegraph Weed 4-5+ ft tall Yellow/Su-F FS Any 1 to 1-2 Erect Goldenaster 1-2 ft tall 1 ft wide Yellow/F FS Sandy California Goldfields < 1 ft tall Yellow/W-Sp FS any 1 to 1-2 Lasthenia coronaria Royal Goldenfields < 1 ft tall Yellow/W-Sp FS any 1 to 2-3 10, Lasthenia glabrata ssp. coulteri Coulter's Goldfields < 1 ft tall Yellow/Sp FS any 1 to 2-3 5, 10 X Layia platyglossa Coastal Tidy-Tips 1-2 ft tall Yellow/white / Sp FS any 1 to 2-3 5, 10, 13 easy X Limnanthes douglasii Meadowfoam < 1 ft tall Yellow/white Sp FS any 1 to 2-3 5 Elegant flowers; light scent < 1 ft tall Yellow/Sp FS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 10 < 1 ft tall Yellow/Sp FS Sandy best 1 to 1-2 10 any 1 to 2-3 10 1-2 to 2 5, 10, 16, 19 X Helenium puberulum X Helianthus annuus X Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp sessiliflora X Lasthenia californica X Lotus salsuginosus var. salsuginosus Small-flowered Lotus Short-bannered Coastal Lotus Lotus strigosus Biship’s Lotus < 1 ft tall Yellow FS Common Madia 1-3 ft Yellow-red/ Su-F FS * Malacothrix glabrata Desert Dandylion < 1 ft Yellow/Sp FS * Mentzelia lindleyi Linley’s Blazingstar 1-2 ft Yellow/Sp FS Lotus hamatus X * Madia elegans Welldrained Sandy or rocky Welldrained 2 1 1-2 10, 16 1, 2, 10, 16 Abundant reseeder 3, 8, 13, 16 (? ssp) Dune plant 10, 13 Salt tolerant 10, 13 5, 13, 16 Moderately salt tolerant Good for water gardens; salt tolerant Foliage aroma of tropical fruit Desert annual; showy flowers Fragrant flowers 8
  9. 9. X Scientific Name Common Name Size Flower/ season Mentzelia micrantha I San Luis Blazingstar 1-3 ft tall Yellow/SpSu FS any 1 10 Microseris (Uropappus) lindleyi Silver Puffs 1 ft tall Yellow/SpSu FS Any 2-3 13 Showy seed heads 2-3 ft tall Yellow/WSpr FS/PS Many blooms 1-5 ft tall Yellow/WSpr FS 5+ ft tall Yellow/Su FS X Mimulus brevipes X Mimulus guttatus X Oenothera elata ssp. hirsutissima & hookeri X Perityle emoryi Platystemon californicus Senecio douglasii / X Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii X Viola pedunculata Widethroat Yellow Monkeyflower Seep Monkeyflower Hooker’s Evening Primrose Rock Daisy < 1 ft tall Cream Cups 1-2 ft tall Butterweed WhiteYellow/ Sp Yellowwhite/Sp 1-2 ft Johnny Jump-up Yellow/ Su-Fa < 1 ft Yellow/SpSu Light** FS FS/PS FS FS/PS Soil Water Zone+ Availability Sandy or rocky 1-2 to 2-3 10, 13 Any 2-3 to 3 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 Welldrained Any Any Sandy/ rocky best Welldrained bare soil; 1-2 to 2-3 2, 10, 16 - to +/- 10 1 to 1-2 X * Agave shawii 2-3 ft tall 2-5 ft wide Yellow/at age 15 yrs X Bergerocactus emoryi Golden Snake Cactus 2-3 ft tall & wide Yellow/Sp X * Dudleya edulis Fingertips Dudleya To 1 ft tall & wide Pale Yellow/ Sp-Su 1 1, 13, 14 Toxic to livestock 1 19 Don’t mulch; difficult X Dudleya lanceolata Lance-leaf Dudleya 1-2 ft tall & wide X Dudleya virens ssp. hassei Bright Green Dudleya <1 ft tall 1 ft wide YellowOrange/ Sp-Su Yellow/ Sp-Su X Dudleya virens ssp. insularis Island Dudleya 1-2 ft tall & wide Yellow/ Sp-Su FS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 1, 9, 14 FS/PS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 20 PS Sandy best Abundant reseeders More common in desert areas 5, 10 Cacti and Succulents Coastal Agave/ Shaw’s Century Plant Notes 1 to 2 1, 8, 13, 20 FS/PS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 1, 7, 13, 14, 15 FS/PS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 1, 8, 9, 14, 20 FS/PS Welldrained 1 to 1-2 1, 14, 20 Tolerates seaside conditions; suckers (‘pups’) Catalina; good for coastal; spines Santa Monica Mtns; good groundcover Good groundcover Dramtic accent plant; edible leaves 9
  10. 10. I Scientific Name X Opuntia littoralis X Opuntia oricola X * Sedum spathulifolium Common Name Flower/ season Size Light** Soil Welldrained Welldrained Coastal Prickly Pear To 3 ft Yellow/W-Sp FS Chaparral Prickly Pear Broadleaf Stonecrop 6-8 ft tall spreading Yellow-Or/ Sp FS < 1 ft tall spreading Yellow/Su-F FS/PS Any 1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 1 to 1-2 1 San Gabriels Any, incl. clays 1 1, 8, 10, 13, 16 Fine in grass 1 1, 8, 10, 18, 20 1-2 ft Yellow/Sp FS/PS X * Calachortus luteus Gold Nuggets/ Yellow Mariposa 1 ft Yellow/Sp FS Welldrained X Ranunculus californicus California Buttercup < 2 ft Yellow/ Sp-Su PS sandy Yellow-eyed Grass 1-2 ft tall Yellow/Sp FS/PS 1 to 1-2 Notes 1, 3, 6, 8, 13 Golden Stars * Sisyrinchium californicum Availability 2 to 3 Bulbs and Corms Bloomeria crocea var. X crocea X Water Zone+ Any 1-2 to 3 2 to 3 1, 13 3, 5, 8, 13, 14, 20 Summer-dry; ‘Golden Orb’ widely avail. Very welldrained soils Pond-edge plant 1/14/2011 I : X = Gardening Information Sheet :(http://nativeplantscsudh.blogspot.com/p/gallery-of-native-plants.html) or at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center * may not be immediately local, but is a CA native plant ++ + ** horticultural cultivar light: FS=full sun; PS=part shade; FSH=full shade Water Zones: 1 = no summer water; 1-2 = very occasional summer water (several times per summer); 2 = let soil dry out between waterings; 2-3 some regular summer water (about once a week); 3 = regular watering/moist soil (like a conventional lawn) Availability: numbers correspond to the Plant and Seed Sources List at: http://nativeplantscsudh.blogspot.com/p/where-to-purchase-native-plants.html 10

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