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California Native Perennial Wildflowers
Seeds & Plants

Growing Perennials from Seed

Many customers want to purchase seeds of perennial plants and sow them where they are to grow, directly on the ground. While this technique works in some situations (after all, that's how nature does it), we feel that in most cases, perennial wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs should be sown in flats first, where conditions of moisture, temperature, and weed control are more easily controlled. This is the best way to optimize your chances of success with your purchased seed. 

Nature, unlike us, can afford to be profligate with seed distribution. Annuals, on the other hand, with their quick germination and fast early growth, are appropriately sown directly in the ground. 

One packet contains enough seed for 20 to 30 plants.

good to eat
butterfly nectar
caterpillar
hand collected
hummingbird
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The Grassless Lawn Combo:
Yarrow & Coastal Poppy Mix

For light lawn use, strolling not soccer, we have had good success on the coast with a combination of Achillea millefolium, yarrow, and Eschscholzia californica var. californica, the coastal poppy. These two tough and vigorous perennials can be mowed for a lawnlike effect or left to flower for a flowery meadow. Drought-tolerant on the coast once established, it needs occasional water inland. Seeding rates: 12-15# per acre, 1# per 800 sq. ft., and one ounce sows approximately 50 square feet.

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Achillea millefolium
White Yarrow

Perennial with white 3" flowers in tight heads, rising 2 ft. above fernlike, fragrant foliage. Used as a lawn substitute and in revegetation; found in many different situations. Excellent cut flower and good reseeder. Good dried flower for winter bouquets. Drought-tolerant.
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Achillea millefolium (White Yarrow) - Perennial with white 3" flowers in tight heads, rising 2 ft. above fernlike, fragrant foliage. Used as a lawn substitute and in revegetation; found in many different situations. Excellent cut flower and good reseeder. Good dried flower for winter bouquets. Drought -tolerant.

butterfly nectar
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Achillea millefolium 'Rosy Red'
Deep pink form of yarrow

Tough and drought-tolerant native perennial with deep pink flowers, rosy red yarrow grows 8 to 12" tall with flowering stalks to 18" tall. It is an excellent component of the perennial border.

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Achillea roseum (Rosy Yarrow)

Hand collected seed
Provides hummingbird nectar
Pollen source for pollinators

Aquilegia formosa
Western Columbine

A perennial found in many different environments throughout the West, usually where some moisture is available. Red and yellow blossoms on flowering stalks 3-4' tall, blue-green round foliage to 2' tall, long flowering period. Blooms March through June. Attracts hummingbirds. Sun or part-shade. In limited Quantity and we can only sell one (1) packet per customer.

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Aquilegia formosa (Western Columbine) - A perennial found in many different environments throughout the West, usually where some moisture is available. Red and yellow blossoms on flowering stalks 3-4' tall, blue-green round foliage to 2' tall, long flowering period. Blooms March through June. Attracts hummingbirds. Sun or part-shade.

butterfly nectar
Hand collected seed
Pollen source for pollinators

Armeria maritima
Sea Pink

Small grasslike perennial with pink flowers on 8" stalks. We learned how to plant sea pink from the bluffs above Pescadero Beach, where they grow in glorious masses. Good rock garden plant. Blooms early Spring. Interesting in bouquets.

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Armeria maritima (Sea Pink) - Small grasslike perennial with pink flowers on 8" stalks. We learned how to plant sea pink from the bluffs above Pescadero Beach, where they grow in glorious masses. Good rock garden plant. Blooms early Spring. Interesting in bouquets.

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Asclepias eriocarpa

Woollypod milkweed, Indian milkweed

This tough and widespread shrub, growing to 3' tall, is an important host plant for monarch butterflies. It has white to cream-colored flowers, sometimes with a tinge of purple. The attractive blue-gray leaves are hairy with a noticeable midvein, and the fruits are fat, tapering to a blunt tip. This species is widely distributed throughout the state, except in montane regions. It's found in dry rocky areas and also along stream banks.

It is hard to resist slitting the fat fruits along the seam with a fingernail, to watch the flat brown seeds with their feathery attachments float through the air. Planting milkweed in gardens away from the coast, where monarchs can find them, is highly recommended. Though monarchs may overwinter along the coast, they breed inland, and it is here that restoring milkweed can be most effective. This plant may go dormant in colder gardens.

This seed is collected from near Gorman, California, in northwestern Los Angeles county. It is grown as part of a program initiated by the Xerces Society, whose goal is to protect waning Monarch butterfly populations. The demise of inland populations of milkweed, which are necessary to Monarch reproduction, are a big part of the problem. Widespread use of herbicides is another. Go to www.xerces.org/milkweed/ for more information.

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Asclepias eriocarpa (Woollypod milkweed, Indian milkweed)

Asclepias eriocarpa (Woollypod milkweed, Indian milkweed)

butterfly nectar

Asclepias fascicularis
Narrow-leaf Milkweed

Attractive subshrub with very fragrant, greenish white flowers tinged with purple. Famous for being host plant for monarch butterfly. Can be seen in summer covered with the green caterpillars that will become monarch butterflies.

This seed is collected from Yolo county. It is grown as part of a program initiated by the Xerces Society, whose goal is to protect the waning Monarch butterfly populations. The demise of inland populations of milkweed, which are necessary to Monarch reproduction, are a big part of the problem. Widespread use of herbicides is another. Go to www.xerces.org/milkweed/ for more information."

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Asclepias fascicularis (narrow-leaf milkweed)

Hand collected seed

Aster chilense
California Aster

Vigorous native perennial 1-2' tall with pale lilac flowers resembling Michaelmas daisies. Upright habit. Blooms late fall. Prune after bloom. Good butterfly nectar plant. Part-shade or full sun. Spreads through rhizomes once established.

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Aster chilense (California Aster) - Vigorous native perennial 1-2' tall with pale lilac flowers resembling Michaelmas daisies. Upright habit. Blooms late fall. Prune after bloom. Good butterfly nectar plant. Part-shade or full sun. Spreads through rhizomes once established. Photo by Arvind Kumar.
photo by Arvind Kumar

good to eat

Balmorhiza sagitatta
Arrowleaf balsamroot

This perennial wildflower grows from 10 to 30” tall, with long triangular basal leaves coated with fine hairs. The large sunflower-resembling flowers are bright yellow and turn into sturdy almost meaty seeds that are extremely edible.

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Balmorhiza sagitatta (Arrowleaf balsamroot)

good to eat
Hand collected seed

Brodiaea elegans
Elegant Brodiaea

These bright purple flowers, members of the lily family, are easy to grow, thriving in either sandy loam, gravelly loam, or clay. They stand from 4" to 15" tall, depending on the soil in which they are grown. Also called "Indian potatoes," the corms were a staple food of our indigenous peoples. Plant bulbs 4 to 6 inches deep.

Plant in the late summer and early fall, from 3 to 4 inches deep. Whether it rains or not, sprouts will appear above the soil in about a month, but irrigate if the rains are very late to keep the leaves and flowering stalk growing. We grow it in boxes with stainless steel wire on the bottom to protect the corms from gophers. Ceramic containers at least one foot deep, preferably deeper, are another great way to increase the population. In wetter areas, the gardener may find that seasonal flooding holds down the gopher population. Some areas still have gophers controlled by predators, and in limited numbers, gophers actually spread Indian potatoes.

At harvest time, wait till the seeds have ripened and follow the seed stalk into the ground to remove the mother corm at the bottom, which should have a number of cormlets clinging to its sides. Gently detach the cormlets and replant them in the loosened soil for next year\'s harvest. Eat the mother corm by removing the hairy overcoat and either boiling for about 5 minutes or baking at 350 for 10 minutes. Eat with salt and pepper.

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Brodiaea elegans /Elegant Brodiaea

good to eat
Hand collected seed

Calochortus amabilis
Golden Fairy Lantern

Clear yellow flowers nodding on stems 8-12" tall. Found in semi-shady areas in northern California. Great cut flower, with interesting seed capsules. Supply limited. List substitute in Shopping Cart.

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Calochortus amabilis
photo by usbr.gov

good to eat

Camassia quamash
Blue Camas

Probably one of the most well-known native foods, Blue Camas turns fields and prairies to a sea of striking blue-purple flowers in May to June. The bulb from which it grows is one of the largest "Indian Potatoes," and should be grown, harvested, and eaten in a somewhat similar manner to other Indian potatoes, except that it requires significantly longer processing. Be sure to read this link for info on cooking.

Camas likes moist situations that dry out in the summer, including creek banks, vernal pools, depressions, and the edges of marshes. It is found throughout much of the West, and its importance to native peoples was great. It is fascinating to become acquainted in your garden with such a significant species. Plant in the fall.

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Four large bulbs for $7.95

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Camassia quamash (Blue Camas)

Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia
Beach Sun Cups

Beach sun cups is a tough, pleasing little plant for the front of the border, containers, and coastal restoration projects. The showy bright yellow 4-petalled flowers blooming through the year turn orange after pollination. A creeping perennial, it grows in rosettes, with long reddish stems reaching as far as 3' from the center of the plant, sprawling across the sand. Red midveins in the oval gray-green leaves add to the charm of this picturesque native. Thriving in the sandy soil of our coastal bluffs and dunes, beach sun cups is easy to grow from seed. It looks best in full sun, requires good drainage, and is pollinated by bumblebees.

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Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia (Beach Sun Cups)

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Chenopodium californicum
(also Blitum californicum)
California goosefoot, Indian lettuce

This interesting perennial is in the amaranth family, Chenopodiaceae, and like other species in that family, it is considered an "ethnobotanical," a plant with many uses for native peoples. Like its relative, the well-known wild green called lambs-quarters, it was boiled to eat as a green. The root was used to make soap and shampoo. The seeds were toasted and used to make pinole. Here, its relationship to quinoa is evident.

It grows from 1-3' tall with either sprawling or upright stems, depending on the amount of sun. The leaves are lobed with sharp points and triangular, hence "goosefoot."

The flowers are spherical clusters with reddish seed-coverings. California goosefoot grows in a number of different habitats, from the desert to the mountains, from grassland to chaparral. Live plants: $6.50.

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Chenopodium californicum

Chenopodium californicum

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Chlorogalum pomeridianum
Soap Lily, Amole

Spidery white flowers on 2-4 ft. stalks open as the sun goes down. Bulbs used for soap and roasted for food by California Indians, as well as pounded into glue. Bristles used to make scrub brushes. Found in many areas in California, from the coast to the chaparral. Plant where their spiky flowers can be seen in the evening.

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Chlorogalum pomeridianum - Photo by Arvind Kumar.
photo by Arvind Kumar

butterfly nectar
Hand collected seed
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Cirsium occidentale
Cobweb Thistle

Showy white-leaved thistle with large crimson webbed flowers. Grows 2-4' tall, likes full sun. Found in many plant communities, blooms Apr-June. Biennial. Seed, painful to gather, but worth it. Seed supply is limited to 1 per customer.
In our nursery, we now have plants available in 4" and 1-gallon sizes.

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Cirsium occidentale (Cobweb Thistle)
photo by Pete Veilleux

good to eat
Hand collected seed

Claytonia sibirica
Peppermint Candy Flower

Perennial wildflower with pink and white striped flowers and bright green, succulent, edible leaves. Grows 1 to 2 ft. tall. Found in moist woods, in wetlands, in part or deep-shade. Extremely long bloom period, from February to June.

A great garden plant that should be more widely used, it will bloom in deep shade, such as under willows or oaks, and spreads nicely. A relative of Indian, or Miner's, lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata).

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Claytonia sibirica (Peppermint Candy Flower) - Perennial wildflower with pink and white striped flowers. Bright green, succulent, edible leaves. Grows 1 to 2 ft.. Found in moist woods, in wetlands. Blooms later than Miner's Lettuce.

Cynoglossum grande
Hound's Tongue

Wonderful deep blue-flowered perennial for shade gardens. Large lush leaves. Blooms early spring, easily grown from seed. Cut to ground in late summer. Always a treat to see in the wild, great under oaks.

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Cynoglossum grande (Hound's Tongue)

butterfly nectar
Hand collected seed

Erigeron glaucus
Beach Aster

Low-growing perennial to 1' tall with lovely daisy-like purple flowers blooming for a long period through the summer. Found in coastal dunes but does well inland with some afternoon shade. Nectar plant for butterflies.

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Erigeron glaucus (Beach Aster) - Low-growing perennial to 1' tall with lovely daisy-like purple flowers blooming for a long period through the summer. Found in coastal dunes but does well inland with some afternoon shade. Nectar plant for butterflies.

butterfly nectar
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Eriogonum latifolium
Chalk Buckwheat

Neat silvery-white mounds under 1' high with masses of pale pink to white flowers in round heads. Food plant for Mormon metalmark butterfly. Coastal. Variable.


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Eriogonum latifolium (Chalk Buckwheat)

butterfly nectar
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Eriogonum latifolium grande var. rubescens
Rosy Buckwheat

Rich blue-green foliage contrasts with deep pink flowers to 6". Good for the rock garden and the dry border. A pretty plant, easy to grow from seed. From the Channel Islands.

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Eriogonum latifolium grande var. rubescens (Rosy Buckwheat)

Hand collected seed
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Eriophyllum confertiflorum
Golden Yarrow

Drought tolerant, semi-evergreen sub-shrub, 1- 2' tall found in many plant communities. Covered with golden flower clusters May - July. Showy in dry border.

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Eriophyllum confertiflorum (Golden Yarrow)
photo by Elf

Erysimum concinnum
Coast Wallflower

A deliciously fragrant biennial with cream-colored flowers in many-headed spikes. Grows to 1' tall and equally wide, often flowering twice in a season. Sun or part-shade. An early bloomer, it is a welcome sight in March and a good cut flower. Vigorous reseeder. One per customer.

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Erysimum concinnum (Coast Wallflower)

Hand collected seed

Eschscholzia californica ssp. californica
Coastal Form California Poppy

The coastal form of the California poppy is a mounding, low-growing plant with striking gray-blue foliage and deep yellow blossoms. It is perennial and reseeds magnificently, is a joy in bouquets. One of the stars of our coastal border. Not to be included in swathe quarter pound.

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Coastal Form California Poppy

butterfly nectar
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Grindelia arenicola
Gumplant

Dazzling yellow display in August on dunes and slopes of Pt. Reyes peninsula from this low-growing creeper. Succulent leaves and daisy-like large flowers. Easy to grow. Use in place of the nastily invasive capeweed. Good nectar plant.

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Grindelia arenicola (Gumplant)

Grindelia camporum
Central Valley Gumplant

Perennial with yellow flowers and attractive whitish-green flowering stalks with varnished appearance. Found in valleys, lowlands, Upright habit, resinous leaves.

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Grindelia camporum (Central Valley Gumplant)

butterfly nectar
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Grindelia stricta
Salt Marsh Gumplant

Erect subshrub or perennial to 3' high with bright yellow daisy like flowers in late summer and fall. Spreads through rhizomes. Easy to grow and vigorous, excellent nectar plant for fall flying butterflies. May look ragged in natural setting but is handsome in the garden. more info

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Grindelia stricta (Salt Marsh Gumplant)

caterpillar
Hand collected seed

Heracleum maximum
Cow Parsnip

Handsome perennial with huge leaves on stems 3-5' tall with large white flowers in flat-topped clusters. Shoots edible. Larval food plant for Anise Swallowtail butterfly.

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Heracleum maximum (Cow Parsnip)

Hand collected seed

Heuchera pilosissima
Shaggy Alumroot

Showy, easy, vigorous alumroot, forming clumps to two feet wide. Sturdy panicles 16" tall with large, pink-white flowers. Leaves attractive all seasons. Sun on coast, part-shade inland. Good for the woodland garden or the flower border. Blooms March-May.

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Heuchera pilosissima (Shaggy Alumroot)

butterfly nectar
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Horkelia californica
California Horkelia

Useful evergreen perennial with handsome deep green fern-like leaves in clumps 1 ft. tall and equally wide. Good for the bones of the perennial border.

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Horkelia californica (California Horkelia)

Hand collected seed

Iris douglasiana
Douglas Iris

With a glorious color range from delicate cream to rich lilac to deepest velvety purple, this native iris is found throughout the coast ranges of California, in both sun and part shade. Spreads rapidly and is drought-tolerant. Excellent under oaks and in wildflower meadows.

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Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris) - With a glorious color range from delicate cream to rich lilac to deepest velvety purple, this native iris is found throughout the coast ranges of California, in both sun and part shade. Spreads rapidly and is drought-tolerant. Excellent under oaks and in wildflower meadows.

butterfly nectar
Hand collected seed
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Lessingia filaginifolia
Dune Aster

Ground-hugging perennial under 1' tall with silvery leaves and lilac-colored daisy-like flowers. Makes elegant ground-cover as it spreads 3' wide. Found in shallow, rocky soil, in full sun and part-shade. Drought-tolerant.

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Lessingia_filaginifolia - Photo by Arvind Kumar.
photo by Arvind Kumar

Linum perenne ssp. lewisii
Blue Flax

A long-blooming pale blue wildflower growing 2-3 feet tall. Reliable reseeder. Delicate flowers make lovely effect in masses.

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Linum perenne ssp. lewisii (Blue Flax)

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Lupinus variicolor
Many-colored Lupine

Low-growing perennial shrub 1-2’ wide with soft grey-green foliage. Diminutive clusters of white, yellow, rose or purple flowers (often on a single plant). Blooms in April and extends through the summer months. Good for perennial borders, grassland restoration or small-scale ground cover. Found on North Coastal terraces & grasslands. Food plant of endangered Mission Blue Butterfly.

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Lupinus variicolor (many-colored lupine)

Hand collected seed

Lotus formosissimus
Coast Lotus

Showiest of lotuses, blooming in spring for several months with deep pink and yellow flowers. Under 8" tall, good for front of flower border. Low leafy mats that go dormant in winter. Fixes nitrogen. Supply limited.

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Lotus formosissimus (Coast Lotus) - Showiest of lotuses, blooming in spring for several months with deep pink and yellow flowers. Under 8" tall, good for front of flower border. Low leafy mats that go dormant in winter. Fixes nitrogen, supply limited.

Mentzelia laevicaulis
Giant Blazing Star (Smooth Stem Blazing Star)

Spectacular wildflower with yellow petals and stamen set off by silvery-white bracts. These shiny, star-shaped flowers are extremely showy. It is found in sandy, rocky, and disturbed soil along road-cuts in the Great Basin and the California deserts. Barbed hairs on the 1-2 ft. tall branched stems hook insects. A perennial or short-lived biennial, it is drought-tolerant and blooms in late summer to fall.

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Mentzelia laevicaulis (Giant Blazing Star, Smooth Stem Blazing Star)

good to eat
Hand collected seed
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Mimulus guttatus
Creek Monkeyflower

Showy yellow-blooming perennial that blooms early in the spring for several months. Found in moist places, like seeps, around creeks, near ponds. Vigorous and easy to grow, the new leaves are edible, and the flowers are a native bee magnet. Spreads through rhizomes as well as reseeding freely. 1' tall, upright habit.

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Mimulus guttatus (Creek Monkeyflower) - Showy yellow- blooming perennial that blooms early in the spring for several months. Found in moist places, like seeps, around creeks, near ponds. Vigorous and easy to grow, the new leaves are edible, and the flowers are a native bee magnet. Spreads through rhizomes as well as reseeding freely. 1' tall, upright habit.

caterpillar
Hand collected seed
Provides hummingbird nectar
Pollen source for pollinators

Penstemon heterophyllus
Blue Bedder Penstemon

Adding a rich deep blue to the native perennial border, this penstemon blooms in late spring and early summer. Likes good drainage and full sun. 1' tall. Supply limited.


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Penstemon heterophyllus (Blue Bedder Penstemon)

Hand collected seed
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Phacelia bolanderi
Bolander's Phacelia

Useful perennial groundcover for dry shade. Appreciates some summer water and blooms more lushly with some sun. Lilac flowers l" across contrast pleasingly with gray-green leaves. Reseeds. An excellent filler in the native border, growing to l to 2' tall.

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Phacelia bolanderi (Bolander's Phacelia) - Useful perennial groundcover for dry shade. Appreciates some summer water and blooms more lushly with some sun. Lilac flowers l" across contrast pleasingly with gray-green leaves. Reseeds. An excellent filler in the native border, growing to l to 2' tall.

Pollen source for pollinators

Phacelia californica
Coast Phacelia

Most attractive low-growing perennial found on rocky bluffs in full sun. Fuzzy silvery-grey green leaves form neat mounds with light purple flowers rising 12-15” above. Useful both for its horticultural potential in rock gardens and perennial borders and for its efficacy in erosion control. A very strong seeder beloved by bees. Needs no water on the coast, and some inland, where afternoon shade is also appreciated.

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Phacelia californicus (Coast Phacelia)

good to eat
Hand collected seed

Plantago subnuda
Coastal Plantain

Ground-hugging plantain with attractive rounded pink-veined leaves. Seed stalks are striking, one foot long. A grouping of this plant makes an eye-catching design in the native prairie. Needs moisture. Seed is edible, recommended for diabetics.

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Plantago subnuda (Coastal Plantain) - Ground-hugging plantain with attractive rounded pink-veined leaves. Seed stalks are striking, one foot long. A grouping of this plant makes an eye-catching design in the native prairie. Needs moisture. Seed is edible, recommended for diabetics.

good to eat

Potentilla anserina ssp. pacifica
Silverweed

This moisture-loving perennial has beautiful foliage, deep green compound leaves with silvery undersides, and attractive bright yellow flowers. The plant hugs the ground as it spreads through underground rhizomes. It is found in seasonal wetlands and moist meadows where its long roots create interesting patterns as the plant spreads. This plant was a crucial part of the diet of Northwest coast native peoples, who farmed it in estuaries for the edible roots.

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Potentilla anserina ssp pacifica

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Potentilla gracilis

Slender or Graceful Cinquefoil

This easy-to-grow perennial is a winner in the perennial border, with its long-blooming cheerful yellow flowers on 18” stalks. Attractively toothed leaflets are arranged palmately, 5 to 7 per leaf and have lighter green undersides. They stay green as long as they receive water. They grow well in many parts of California and can handle many different water regimens. Slender cinquefoil can supply pollen and nectar to native bees and can bloom late in the summer, with supplemental irrigation. It sometimes spreads from rhizomes and is easy to grow from seed.

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Potentilla gracilis (Slender or Graceful Cinquefoil)

Hand collected seed

Ranunculus californicus
Buttercup

Perennial, glossy-petalled, yellow wildflower marking early spring. Adaptable and reliable. Goes dormant mid summer.

All parts of this cheerful plant are toxic, except the seeds, which were highly valued when parched and ground for pinole

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Ranunculus californica
photo by usbr.gov

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Scrophularia californica
Bee Plant

Perennial 3' to 6' high with tiny dark red flowers that are usually being visited by a bee. Larval food plants for checkerspot butterfly. Good for chaparral and coastal areas. Stalks with seed pods are effective in dried-flower arrangements. Quick-growing herbaceous hedge. more info

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Scrophularia californica (Bee Plant)

good to eat
caterpillar
Hand collected seed

Sidalcea calycosa rhizomata
Point Reyes Checkerbloom

Glossy-leaved low-growing groundcover with charming pink flowers, May to June. Tolerates part-shade, drought. Spreads through stolons. Goes partially dormant late summer in full sun, stays green with some shade. Vigorous and easy. Surprisingly adaptable given that it is uncommon in nature. Can grow in wet situations and sandy, dry soils as well. A real delight in the garden.

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Sidalcea calycosa rhizomata (Point Reyes Checkerbloom) - Glossy-leaved low-growing groundcover with charming pink flowers, May to June. Tolerates part-shade, drought. Spreads through stolons. Goes partially dormant late summer in full sun, stays green with some shade. Vigorous and easy, though supply limited in nature. Not always available, supply limited.

Sidalcea malviflora
Checkerbloom

This showy perennial thrives in sun or part-shade, including under oaks. Growing 12" to 14" tall, it has bright pink flowers on upright stems and blooms March-May. Glossy green leaves set off the blooms. Goes well with Douglas iris and peppermint candy flower.

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Sidalcea malviflora (Checkerbloom)

Sisyrinchium bellum
Blue-Eyed Grass

Grasslike perennial with blue saucer-shaped flowers on 18" stalks. Found on grassy hillsides and in meadows throughout California. One-half inch wide flowers have yellow centers. Excellent perennial member of the wildflower meadow. One foot tall. Long bloom period beginning in early February. Moist or semi-dry.

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Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue-Eyed Grass) - Grasslike perennial with blue saucer-shaped flowers on 18" stalks. Found on grassy hillsides and in meadows throughout California. One-half inch wide flowers have yellow centers. Excellent perennial member of the wildflower meadow. One foot tall. Long bloom period beginning in early Feb. Moist or semi-dry.

Hand collected seed

Sisyrinchium californicum
Yellow-Eyed Grass

Perennial with pure yellow flowers produced in abundance spring through summer. Thrives in containers, takes sun or shade. Reseeds vigorously, hardy to 20 degrees. Likes moisture.

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Sisyrinchium californicum (Yellow-Eyed Grass) - Perennial with pure yellow flowers produced in abundance spring through summer. Thrives in containers, takes sun or shade. Reseeds vigorously, hardy to 20 degrees. Likes moisture.

Solidago californica
California goldenrod

An easy-to-grow perennial that spreads through underground rhizomes. It lights up the late summer native garden with long golden-yellow flowerspikes. It is not responsible for hayfever (that's ragweed). It grows about 3' tall, likes full sun, is easy to grow, and is winter-dormant.

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Solidago californica (California goldenrod)

Tanacetum camphoratum
Dune Tansy

Dune tansy is a rhizomatous perennal 1-2' tall with showy silvery dissected leaves and yellow disk flowers. It is becoming rare in the Bay Area due to loss of habitat, especially in San Francisco. It makes a good coastal ground-cover with full sun and light soil, easy to grow and appealing. Great for the silver or grey garden, grown in masses. Cut halfway to the ground in the fall to keep it neat.

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Tanacetum camphoratum (Dune Tansy)

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Tellima grandiflora
Fringe Cups

Ground cover for shady areas. Attractive deep-green lobed leaves. Flowering stalks are 16" high with greenish, pink, or white flowers. Abundant seed production, spreads easily in compatible areas. May like some summer water. Found in mixed-evergreen forests, redwoods, by creeks.

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Tellima grandiflora (Fringe Cups) - Ground cover for shady areas. Attractive deep-green lobed leaves. Flowering stalks are 16" high with greenish, pink, or white flowers. Abundant seed production, spreads easily in compatible areas. May like some summer water. Found in mixed-evergreen forests, redwoods, by creeks.

Thalictrum fendleri
Foothill Meadow-Rue

Shade-loving perennial 2-3 ft. tall with delicate fernlike leaves resembling maidenhair fern. Small white flowers. Excellent for woodland border, under oaks. Fall/winter dormancy.

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Thalictrum fendleri (Foothill Meadow-Rue)
photo by UNM Dept Nat Sci

Tolmiea menziesii
Piggy-Back Plant

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Thalictrum fendleri (Foothill Meadow-Rue)
photo by Walter Siegmund

Trifolium wormskioldii
Springbank Clover

Attractive perennial clover found in moist places along the coast. White and lavender flower heads to 1" in diameter. Plants grows 4" to 12" tall and spread through rhizomes, which are edible.
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Trifolium wormskioldii

Triteleia hyacinthina
Wild Hyacinth, Hyacinth Brodiaea, White Brodiaea

A prolific member of the group of native bulbs known as "Indian potatoes" for their edible corms, which were an important part of the diet of indigenous Californians. This species has lovely funnel-shaped white flowers, sometimes flushed purple, with green veins on the back. Each flower has six stamens with white, yellow, or blue anthers. The showy umbel-like clusters of flowers grow 12" to 16" tall and are particularly pleasing in bouquets. They look very bridal and last well.

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Tellima grandiflora (Fringe Cups)

Wyethia angustifolia
good to eat
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Mule's Ear

Perennial wildflower with sunflower-like flowers on 1’ stalks. Both the flower stalks and the seeds were important indigenous foods. This sturdy wildflower will be an important addition to your meadow of native grasses and wildflowers.

Mule's ear likes good drainage and full sun. Sow in flats and transplant as soon as the 3rd leaf emerges. This plant has quite a taproot, and is a drought-tolerant component of perennial wildflower meadows. Rarely offered in the trade.

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Wyethia angustifolia (Mule's Ear)
photo by Stan Shebs

THE FOSTERING FORBS PROJECT


In healthy mixed evergreen woodlands, a diverse low-growing layer of herbaceous species lights up the forest. Perennials like milk maids, candy flower, several kinds of native violets, woodland star, trillium, and many others cloak the ground. In northern coastal scrub, checkerbloom, yerba buena, western columbine, and clarkias find coyote bush and sagebrush to be gracious hosts. In grasslands, many annual and perennial wildflowers have a place.

The Problem

The movement of invasive non-native species continually challenges the successful reproduction of these small things, the annual and perennial forbs. The danger of local extinctions of herbaceous species is a real one, and one that can be addressed by the native plant gardener.

Here at Larner Seeds, we have become increasingly concerned over the disappearance of species perhaps not federally or locally recognized as in trouble, but that we see as in danger of local extinction. A case in point is candy flower, Claytonia sibirica.

We used to enjoy this species in two nearby sites, one woodland and one fresh water marsh. The woodland has been invaded by scotch broom. The marsh has been invaded by scotch broom, vinca, and himalayan blackberry. No more candy flower.

About Candy Flower

Candy Flower
From the same genus as the well-known miner's (or indian) lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata, candy flower is also related to the eastern U.S. species Claytonia virginica, spring beauty. Its flowers are pale pink with darker pink stripes. Like its relative, miner's lettuce, its leaves are edible. It is considered uncommon here in Marin County. From my experience it is becoming more so.

We planted it in our demonstration garden in the deep shade of a locally native willow. With no work or water  whatsoever, it has returned year after year, to light up this dark place with its pink and white flowers for almost four months. In the case of candy flower, we found a species that would thrive and bloom in deep shade, characteristics sought after by gardeners. It has also proven adaptable to growing in the milder shade of coyote bush and in full sun on the coast.

Growing species like peppermint candy flower is just one example of the "Fostering Forbs" project we are engaged in with westMarin Commons. Turning our horticultural skills and dedication to the growing of threatened native forbs is a win/win situation. We make a safe haven for the species and all the insects associated with it. In return, we get beautiful, drought-tolerant, easy to grow garden flowers that are all too rarely found in California gardens. Surprises await you!

Gardeners, with their skills and dedication, can be instrumental in the preservation of small things.

Our Method

The seed is broadcast in seed flats, and transplanted once the true leaves have fully appeared to four inch plastic pots. These are kept in a protected outdoor location till the roots have almost filled the pot, at which time they are transplanted to the garden, watered thoroughly for two weeks to a month, depending on time of year, and then left to get on with it.

Our Greatest Satisfaction

We love to see our customers leaving with seed packets or 4” pots of our native forbs. These plants, part of the diversity and beauty of California, will richly reward those who provide homes in their gardens.


Larner Seeds
PO Box 407,
Bolinas, CA 94924

Shop & Demonstration Garden,
235 Grove Rd
Bolinas, CA

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