Small Flowering Plants L-P

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Linanthus californicus Common Name: Prickly Phlox

Family: Polemoniaceae  (Images)

Type: Small plant 1'h x 2'w

Flowers: Late Spring

Flower Color: Pink/Purple

Likes: Part Sun

Coastal plant, can use some regular irrigation.  Nice surprise during at the beginning of Summer when it blooms.  Plant in groups for greater effect.

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Linum lewesii  Common Name: Blue Flax

Family: Linaceae

Type: Small plant 2'h x 1'w

Flowers: March to June

Flower Color: Blue

Likes: Full Sun

Nice accent plant.  Bright blue flowered perennial.  Long blooming period and very adaptable to different conditions.  Delicate narrow leaves.

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Mentzelia laevicaulis Common Name: Giant Blazing Star

Family: Loasaceae  (Images)

Type: Small plant 2'h x 1'w

Flowers: Late Summer

Flower Color: Yellow

Likes: Full Sun

Blooms late summer into fall.  Perennial can be short lived.  Star like flowers bring color late season. Avoid summer water after established

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Monardella villosa  Common Name: Coyote Mint

Family: Lamiasceae

Type: Small plant 1'h x 1'w

Flowers: March to July

Flower Color: Blue

Likes: Part Sun

Small gray/green shrub with light purple flowers. A subshrub in the Lamiaceae (Mint) family. Flowers in summer.  Nice surprise when other natives are going dormant to have this one flower.  Used as a tea by native Indians for respiratory or stomach upset.   Supposed to taste like mint and has been used for sore throats.  Fragrant if rubbed or disturbed.

Winter / Fall

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Penstemon azurreus  Common Name: Azure Penstemon

Family: Plantaginaceae

Type: Herbaceous Shrub, 1'h x 2'w

Flowers: Spring to Summer

Flower Color: Lavender, Purple

Likes: Full/Part Sun

Low growing, medium sized Penstemon. Attracts butterflies and hummindbirds.  Flowers Spring well into Summer with moisture.  Plant as an accent or in small groups. May need late summer pruning after a few years.  Somewhat drought tolerant.  Tolerates some summer irrigation after established. 

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Penstemon eatonii  Common Name: Firecracker Penstemon

Family: Plantaginaceae

Type: Herbaceous Shrub, 1'h x 1'w

Flowers: Spring

Flower Color: Orange/Red

Likes: Full Sun

Low growing Penstemon.  Nice red/orange flowers.  Native to Southern Rockies.  In California found in Mono County.  Can use some summer irrigation. Nice perennial for accent or mass plantings.   Attracts hummingbirds.  Can take some summer water after established.

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Penstemon heterophyllus  Common Name: Foothill penstemon

Family: Plantaginaceae

Type: Herbaceous Shrub, 1.5'h x 2'w

Flowers: Spring to Summer

Flower Color: Blue, Purple

Likes: Full Sun

Perennial.  A favorite and easy to grow.  Nice, long flowering period.  Compact plant.  Versatile and attractive.  Can take garden water in a non-native landscape.  Great planted in mass or in a rock garden.

 

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Penstemon pseudospectabilis  Common Name: Desert Penstemon

Family: Plantaginaceae

Type: Herbaceous Shrub, 2'h x 1'w

Flowers: Spring to Summer

Flower Color: Purple

Likes: Full Sun

Perennial.  Smaller Penstemon.  Very adaptable.  Native to Southwestern deserts.

Good as a single and grouped.  Very drought tolerant.  Needs good drainage.

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Penstemon speciosus  Common Name: Royal Penstemon

Family: Plantaginaceae,   Images

Type: Herbaceous Shrub, 2'h x 2'w

Flowers: May to July

Flower Color: Blue/Purple

Likes: Full Sun

A mid-level Penstemon.  Native to the mid-elevation Sierras. Can use supplemental water the first year then seems to be OK.  Nice planted in groups for May - July color.  Nice compliment to the other Penstemons.