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: 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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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.  

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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.

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".

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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.