Shrubs by Genus  K-R

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Keckiella antirrhinoides  Common Name: Yellow Bush Penstemon

Family: Ericaceae,   Images

Type: Small plant 3'h x 2'w

Flowers: Spring into Summer

Flower Color: Yellow

Likes: Full Sun

Small bush Penstemon type.  Flowers late Winter to late Spring.  Brilliant Yellow blossoms.  Fairly indistinct fall thru mid winter.  Good hummingbird plant.

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Lupinus Albifrons  Common Name: Silver Bush Lupine

Family: Fabaceae

Type: Shrub, 3'h x 3'w

Flowers: February to March

Flower Color: Blue

Likes: Full Sun

Perennial shrub native to coastal and Sierra foothills. Extremely drought tolerant after established. Spring blooms of blue/pink flowers on spikes. Dormant in summer but retains leaves. Needs good drainage.  Use as an accent shrug among other plants that have different bloom timing - Fuschias, Penstemons, Ceanothus.  Does not need summer irrigation after established. 

Winter / Fall

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Lupinus excubitus  Common Name: Grape Lupine

Family: Ericaceae,  Images

Type: Small plant 2'h x 4'w

Flowers: February/March

Flower Color: Violet

Likes: Full Sun

Smaller Lupine, mid-sized shrub.  As with Lupinus albafrons, no water needed after establishment. May reseed.  Trim back to remove old flower stalks as needed for aesthetic purposes.

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Penstemon grinnelliiCommon Name: Southern Woodland Penstemon

Family: Plantaginaceae

Type: Herbaceous Shrub, 2.5'h x 3'w

Flowers: Spring to Summer

Flower Color: Lavender, Purple

Likes: Full Sun

Similar to spectabilis but slightly smaller and more compact.  Mid/large-sized Penstemon.  Flowers Spring well into Summer with moisture. Very hardy.  Nice as a single accent or around large rocks. Needs to be pruned to keep it manageable.   Very drought tolerant.  Summer water every few weeks during the first year to establish.  Avoid summer irrigation after established.

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Penstemon incertus  Common Name: Western Desert Penstemon

Family: Plantaginaceae

Type: Herbaceous Shrub, 3'h x 4'w

Flowers: Spring to Summer

Flower Color: Lavender, Purple

Likes: Full Sun

Mid size, perennial Penstemon.  Long flowering period.  Very attractive and easy to grow.  Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Flowers mid-March into Summer.  Plant as an accent or in small groups. Can be planted in a sort of hedge as the foliage is consistent at about 3' high, and frost tolerant - foliage does not die back.  Aids from trimming annually.  Very drought tolerant.

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Penstemon spectabilis  Common Name: Showy Penstemon

Family: Plantaginaceae

Type: Herbaceous Shrub, 2.5'h x 3'w

Flowers: Spring to Summer

Flower Color: Lavender, Purple

Likes: Full Sun

A favorite.  Very showy, large, perennial Penstemon.  Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Flowers Spring well into Summer. Plant as an accent or in small groups. Needs  annual pruning to remove seed stalks and keep plant from getting too rangy.  Very drought tolerant.  Does not need Summer irrigation after established. 

 

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Ribes aureum  Common Name: Golden Currant

Family: Grossulariaceae

Type: Small plant 3'h x 3'w

Flowers: March to April

Flower Color: Yellow

Likes: Full/part Sun

Mid sized shrub.  Yellow flowers in spring. Can use supplemental irrigation. 

Does especially well with part shade as part of mid level shrubs under trees or taller shrubs. 

Can be used as a hedge plant.  Nice unique foliage and flower color.