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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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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.

Winter / Fall
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: 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.

Sisyrinchium californicum Common Name: Yellow Eyed Grass

Family: Iridaceae  (Images) 

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

Flowers: March to June

Flower Color: Yellos

Likes: Part Shade

Nice accent plant.   Smaller grass like plant.  Coastal Northern CA mountains.  Likes part sun and additional water. Early season color into summer dependent on moisture.  Member of the Iris Family, spreads with favorable conditions

Thymophylla pentachaeta  Common Name: Five-needled Thymophylla
var. belenidium 

Family: Asteraceae

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

Flowers: Summer into Fall

Flower Color: Yellow

Likes: Full/Part Sun

Nice surprise.  Small flowering plant that will flower into winter with moisture.  Looks to be very frost tolerant - kept blooming when other plants flowers has froze.  Native to the Mojave Desert.  

Zauschneria californica mexicana  Common Name: CA Fuschia Mexicana

(Epilobium)

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. Similar to "canum" but larger and more aggressive spreader.  Sourced from Las Pilitas.

Zausch. canum ssp. latifolia Common Name: 'Everett's Choice'  prostrate fuchsia

(Epilobium) Images

Family: Onagraceae

Type:  .5'h x 3'w - groundcover

Flowers: June to Fall

Flower Color: Orange/Red

Likes: Full/Part

Very low growing Fuschia.  Use as a ground cover.

Zauschneria (Epilobium) Californica x (Mexicana x latifolia) 
Common Name: Desi's Blossom Fuchsia

Family: Onagraceae

Type:  2'h x 2'w - small plant

Flowers: June to Fall

Flower Color: Orange/Red

Likes: Full/Part

Low spreading Fuschia. Hybrid that has some of the best characteristics of both.  Slightly spreading small upright Fuschia.  Prolific flowering of red/orange flowers that hummingbirds love.  Product of natural cross polllination in the garden - thank you to the Hummingbirds!

Zauschernia californica Catalina   Common Name: Catalina Fuchsia
(Epilobium californica)

Family: Onagraceae

Type: Shrub, 2'h x 4'w

Flowers: Spring to Fall

Flower Color: Red/Orange

Likes: Full Sun

Very adaptable, drought tolerant perennial.  Tall for a Fuchsia.  Interesting grey/green foliage color with bright "shooting star" flowers.  Blooms summer to fall, depending on moisture.  Attracts hummingbirds.  Great if you are just starting with Natives.  Can take some Summer irrigation after established.  With garden irrigation will spread.

Zauschneria canum canum Common Name: California Fuschia 
(Epilobium)  (Images)

Family: Onagraceae

Type:  1.5'h x 2'w - spreading

Flowers: June to Fall

Flower Color: Orange/Red

Likes: Full Sun

Native to the Sierra Foothills and coastal mountains. Great late Summer and Fall color.   Low growing perennial Fuschia. Attracts Hummingbirds and a fantatic late season pollinator.  Will benefit from additional water but also very drought tolerant.  Spreading.  More compact and less agressive spreading than "mexicana".

Zauschneria canum SS Common Name: Sierra Salmon
(Epilobium)  (Images)

Family: Onagraceae

Type:  1.5'h x 2'w - spreading

Flowers: June to Fall

Flower Color: Salmon

Likes: Full Sun

Selection of canum.  Salmon colored flowers.  Spreads slowly.  Prune heavily to encourage next years growth/flowering.

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.  

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