Friday, May 27, 2011
5 Fantastic California Natives for San Diego
California natives are all tough, drought tolerant plants that are great for our Southern California environment. Another excellent resource for California natives plants is the web page of Las Pilitas Nursery, located just north of Escondido.
A deciduous small tree with pink flowers in the spring. Redbuds are sometimes grown as large shrubs and can reach 12’ tall by 8’ wide.
A good groundcover for slopes, this plant has white flowers in the spring that turn into red berries by winter. One plant will cover a 6’ diameter area.
Epilobium canum also labeled Zauchneria californica
A terrific perennial that blooms in the fall. Bright orange flowers are a real hummingbird magnet. This native will spread slowly via underground runners to fill in any space. Nice gray foliage is attractive in the spring and summer.
This perennial grows wild throughout
. Once established this beauty is tough to remove. Matijila Poppies are dormant in the summer & fall, waiting for the winter rains. Once the warmth of spring comes, these beauties explode from the ground with 6’ tall stunning white flowers. An excellent cut flower that is fragrant as well. San Diego
native is great for both slopes and flat areas. Fragrant foliage combines with lavender blue flowers. This perennial can reach 7’ wide by 3’ tall. ‘Winifred Gilman’ is a nice dwarf Cleveland Sage that reaches 3’ wide & 2’ tall. San Diego
Posted by Doug Kalal at 11:34 AM