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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Sisyrinchium bellum (San Simeon)  Common Name: White Eyed Grass

Family: Iridaceae  (Images) Need to pick thru the images to find the San Simeon

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

Flowers: March to June

Flower Color: White

Likes: Full Part Shade

Perennial.  White flowered smaller version of Sis. Bellum. Very adaptable accent plant. Grows in clumps and can use summer water.  Summer dormant.  Nice addition to Blue Eyed grass.

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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.