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Illustrated Plant Library


Asclepias eriocarpa, Indian or Woollypod Milkweed


  • Host plant for Monarch caterpillars
  • Nectar plant for pollinators and hummingbirds
  • Winter dormant perennial to 3’ tall
  • Large cream colored flowers from May - October. Full Sun
  • Little water, adaptable soil requirements
  • Deer resistant 



Asclepias fascicularis, Narrow Leaf Milkweed

  • Host plant for Monarch caterpillars
  • Nectar plant for pollinators
  • Winter dormant perennial to 3’ tall
  • Creamy-pink flower clusters bloom in summer
  • Full Sun, Part Shade
  • Occasional water Soil: adaptable
  • Deer resistant




Asclepias speciosa, Showy Milkweed


  • Host plant for Monarchs!
  • Attracts butterflies, birds and pollinators 
  • Winter dormant perennial to 3’ tall
  • Large rose colored, fragrant flowers
  • Full sun, little water once established
  • Deer resistant




Achillea millefolium, Common Yarrow
  • Fast growing, evergreen perennial
  • Sun to high shade
  • 1 by 4 feet high, white flowers to 2 feet high 
  • Attracts pollinators, butterflies and birds! 
  • Good under oaks





Aquilegia formosa, Western Columbine


  • Fast growing perennial, 2 to 3 feet high x 1 to 2 feet wide
  • Needs moist, well-drained soil
  • Brilliant scarlet and yellow flowers
  • Attracts Hummingbirds, bees, birds and butterflies
  • Full sun (by Bay) to part shade inland




Aster chilensis, California Aster


  • Important nectar plant, blooms late summer through fall 
  • Lavender, light purple daisy flowers 
  • 1 foot high x 3 feet wide
  • Good in containers 
  • Sun to partial shade




Erigeron glaucus, Seaside Daisy 


  • Low growing perennial (1 inches high x 2 inches wide) 
  • Purple daisy like flowers 
  • Full sun, part shade 
  • Attracts butterflies, bees 
  • Blooms June - September 
  • Deer resistant, Moderate water




Eriogonum fasciculatum, California Buckwheat 


  • Evergreen shrub 
  • Cream-colored flowers April - September 
  • Important nectar plant for bees and butterflies, attracts birds too!
  • Fast growing to 3 to 4 feet high by 4 feet wide
  • Full sun




Eriogonum giganteum, St. Catherine’s Lace 


  • Evergreen shrub to 6 feet tall and wide
  • Large clusters of tiny white flowers
  • Blooms April - Fall when flowers age to a rusty color
  • Full Sun, good drainage 
  • Occasional water 
  • Nectar plant attracts pollinator, butterflies and birds




Eriogonum grande rubescent


  • Evergreen perennial Light pink to red flowers 
  • 1 foot by 3 feet, blooms June - October 
  • Full sun near coast, part shade inland Moderate water 
  • Attracts pollinators, bees and birds 




Eschscholzia californica, California Poppy 


  • Herbaceous perennial wildflower 
  • California State flower 
  • To 18 inches high by 9 inches wide 
  • Orange flowers bloom March - October 
  • Full Sun
  • Infrequent to moderate water




 Eschscholzia californica var. maritima, Coast Poppy


  • Perennial coastal form of Cal. poppy 
  • Low growing 6 inches tall by 12 inches wide 
  • Golden yellow flowers w/ orange centers 
  • Blooms March - October 
  • Full Sun 
  • Occasional water





Helianthus bolanderi, Serpentine sunflower


  • Wild sunflower native to California and Oregon
  • To 5 feet tall and wide 
  • Has profuse yellow flower clusters on many branches
  • Long blooming through summer and fall
  • Full Sun, moderate water 
  • Essential for your habitat garden





Island alum root, Heuchera maxima


  • Evergreen perennial, prefers shade 
  • White flower stalks  2 to 3 feet high in spring 
  • Large evergreen, heart shaped, scalloped leaves
  • Attracts hummingbirds and bees 
  • Good under oaks
  • Moderate to little water




Douglas iris, Iris douglasiuna


  • Evergreen perennial Iris, blue to purple form
  • To 1 foot high by 2 feet wide 
  • Full sun to part shade inland
  • Prefers well drained, acidic soil
  • Good under oaks
  • Deer resistant



Lupinus albifrons, Silver bush lupine 


  • Purple flowers bloom spring-august.
  • Full sun. low to no summer water.
  • Needs good drainage.
  • Deer resistant.



Lupinus arboreus, Yellow Bush Lupine 

  • Fast growing evergreen shrub 4 to 5 inches tall and wide
  • Canary yellow flowers on 6 inches spike
  • Blooms Feb - July
  • Full sun, part shade
  • Aggressive re seeder 




Madia elegans, Elegant tarweed
  • Native annual: important late nectar source for bees and butterflies, seeds are relished by birds
  • Showy yellow flowers with a maroon spot at base of each petal
  • Multi branching to 3 to 4 feet tall and wide
  • Blooms summer Full Sun, Low water, Deer resistant



Mimulus aurentiacus, Sticky Monkey flower

  • Important nectar and larval host plant
  • Semi-deciduous perennial
  • 2-3 inches high by 3 feet wide, orange flowers
  • Blooms April - October
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Sun to part shade, good under oaks





Phacelia californica, Phacelia
  • Important nectar source plant
  • Purple flowers from March - September
  • Prefers good drainage
  • Attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
  • Full sun
  • Deer resistant
      Salvia mellifera, Black Sage

  • Salvia favored by bees and bee keepers
  • Highly aromatic evergreen shrub
  • White to lavender flowers bloom spring - summer
  • 3 to 6 feet tall and wide
  • Full sun, well drained soil
  • Attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds




Salvia apiana, White sage


  • White flowers on a 3 feet spike, beautiful silver white leaves
  • Blooms spring - summer
  • Full sun
  • Low to no summer water, needs good drainage
  • Deer resistant
  • Mvake your own smudge sticks



 Salvia spathacea, Hummingbird sage


  • Deep magenta flower spikes blooms spring - summer18 inches to 3 feet tall over dark green foliage
  • A reliable groundcover, good under oaks
  • Partial shade, best not in full sun
  • Drought tolerant to occasional water



 Sisyrinchium bellum, Blue Eyed Grass


  • Perennial to 1 foot tall and wide
  • Grass-like leaves, purple flowers with yellow centers
  • Blooms Jan - June
  • Summer dormant in a dry garden
  • Good in containers and under oaks
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Prefers some moisture and good drainage