Small Flowering Plants S-Z

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Salvia spathacea - Las Pilitas  Common Name: Hummingbird Sage

Family: Lamiaceae

Type: Shrub, 1'h x 2'w - spreading

Flowers: Spring to Fall (dependent on moisture)

Flower Color: Magenta

Likes: Full Sun

Selected by Bert WIlson at Las Pilitas. Low growing spreading, perennial, aromatic sage.  Unique flowers on 1-2' spikes.  Attracts hummingbirds.  Nice fill-in between larger sages or shrubs. Frost will damage flower but not foliage. Very adaptable, easy to grow. Drought tolerant. Can take some summer irrigation.

 

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Salvia spathacea - XL  Common Name: Hummingbird Sage

Family: Lamiaceae

Type: Shrub, 3'h x 1'w

Flowers: Spring to Fall (dependent on moisture)

Flower Color: Magenta

Likes: Full Sun

Taller and less aggressively spreading than the Las Pilitas selection. Perennial, aromatic sage. Unique flowers on 2-3' spikes.  Attracts hummingbirds.  Spreads by rhizomes.  Nice fill-in between larger sages or shrubs.  Flowering dependent on moisture.  Frost will damage flower but not foliage. Very adaptable, easy to grow. Drought tolerant. Can take some summer irrigation.

Winter / Fall

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Sisyrinchium bellum  Common Name: Blue Eyed Grass

Family: Iridaceae

Type: Small plant 1'h x .5'w

Flowers: March to July

Flower Color: Blue

Likes: Full Part Shade

Perennial.  Blue flowers.  Long blooming period and very adaptable to different conditions.  Delicate narrow leaves. Very nice accent plant between larger perennials or in a small native area. 

Drought tolerant but can tolerate some garden moisture.

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Wyethia angustifolia  Common Name: Narrowleaf Mull ears

Family: Asteraceae  (Images)

Type: Shrub, 1'h x 1'w

Flowers: Spring

Flower Color: Yellow

Likes: Full Sun

Small flowering perennial.  Bright yellow flowers on.  Dies back each year to retun the next Spring. Groups make great displays of large yellow flowers.

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Zauschneria californica  Common Name: CA Fuschia Mexicana
(Epilobium canum ssp. canum)

Family: Onagraceae

Type:  1.5'h x 3'w - spreading

Flowers: June to Fall

Flower Color: Orange/Red

Likes: Full Sun

Often overlooked as it is a late bloomer. Low growing perennial Fuschia. Flowers summer into fall. 

Trim in the winter to keep it fresh and low growing. A favorite with Humming Birds like all Fuschias.

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Zauschneria septentrionalis  Common Name: Mattole River Fuschia
(Epilobium septentrionale 'Select Mattole')

Family: Onagraceae

Type: Small plant 1'h x 3'w

Flowers: June to Fall

Flower Color: Orange/Red

Likes: Full Sun

Smaller Fuschia.  Native to the coast so will need some irrigation inland.  Great as a spreading ground cover.  Will grow fairly large with regular water.  Often overlooked in the Spring as it is a summer/fall bloomer.  Use as edge or among  rocks.  Great with mid-level Penstemons.  Apparently the deer like this one.