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Rubus ursinus  California blackberry
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Rubus ursinus

(California blackberry)

Not to be confused with the weedy non-native Himalaya berry that has taken over acres in northern California. The native blackberry when happy can form a good sized patch, growing as much as 3 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide depending on available moisture. This thorny, spreading evergreen has excellent habitat value. The berries are widely used as a food source for wildlife. Offers excellent escape and nesting cover and is good for erosion control. People relish the berries and its fruits are highly prized for pies and jam. Best with some shade and moisture, but is drought tolerant once established.
Rudbeckia californica  California coneflower
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Rudbeckia californica

(California coneflower)

Large, bold perennial native to montane seeps and meadows where they receive regular moisture. The big leafy clumps can become very large growing 3 foot tall or more. Midsummer brings showy yellow daisies on tall stems with a distinctive long central cone and a skirt of three inch yellow petals. Plant in sun to light shade with regular water. Highly attractive to bees and other pollinators.  
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' black-eyed Susan
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Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'

(black-eyed Susan)

An award winning perennial, this Eastern North American native is popular for good reason. Sturdy, dependable and long blooming, this robust selection grows 2 - 3 ft tall and 18 - 24 inches wide. Midsummer brings a dazzling display of rich, golden-yellow, daisies with dark centers, blooming into autumn. This low maintenance plant is somewhat drought tolerant, but blooms best with moderate summer water and full sun. Flowers attract bees and butterflies, and birds enjoy the dried seed heads if old flowers are not trimmed off. Said to be deer resistant. 
Rudbeckia glaucescens  waxy coneflower
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Rudbeckia glaucescens

(waxy coneflower)

This uncommon coneflower hails from the Klamath Mountains of northern California and southern Oregon. While similar in flower to the California coneflower, featuring yellowish-brown cones encircled with a skirt of long, yellow petals, this species has waxy leaves tinted a striking blue-gray. The flowers perch atop leafless stalks reaching 3 to 4 ft tall, rising above the large, lance-shaped leaves. A favorite of bees and butterflies. Even though this species normally occurs in serpentine soils, it grows easily in almost any soil type, as long as it is kept moist. Enjoys regular to moderate irrigation and full sun to part shade.
Rudbeckia nitida 'Herbstsonne' coneflower
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Rudbeckia nitida 'Herbstsonne'

(coneflower)

A large and beautiful perennial featuring flower stalks reaching up to 7 ft. tall. Bright yellow daisies with raised central cones sit atop these elegant stems in summer and into fall. Deeply lobed, dark green leaves flank the stems and form a tall mat at their base. Over time this coneflower will spread to from a striking drift. Looks great with grasses, Joe Pye weed, and Verbena bonariensis. Coneflowers are excellent pollinator plants and birds love the seeds. Needs sun and regular to moderate irrigation. May need staking. This plant goes completely dormant in the winter, only to emerge with vigour in the spring. Deer resistant.
Rudbeckia occidentalis  Western coneflower
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Rudbeckia occidentalis

(Western coneflower)

From mountains in Northern California and throughout the West comes this unusual and distinctive coneflower. Deep purple, almost black cones sit atop a star of green sepals without any petals to distract from the striking form. Large, pointed green leaves climb up the flowering stems which can reach 5 or 6 ft. high. Slowly spreads to form a small clump in moist locations with decent drainage. Will tolerate full sun near the coast, but some afternoon shade is needed in hot, inland areas. An excellent pollinator plant from the sunflower family attracting bees and butterflies. Works well in a container. Winter deciduous.
Salix breweri 'Cedar's Gold' Brewer's willow
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Salix breweri 'Cedar's Gold'

(Brewer's willow)

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Salvia  'Aromas' Aromas sage
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Salvia 'Aromas'

(Aromas sage)

A hybrid between Salvia clevelandii  & Salvia leucophylla, this aromatic shrubby sage grows 4 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. Early summer brings flower stalks with whorls of lavender-blue blossoms. Good for sunny areas with good drainage. Occasional to little summer water. Flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. Deer and drought tolerant. 
Salvia  'Bee's Bliss' sage
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Salvia 'Bee's Bliss'

(sage)

A beautiful native hybrid sage grows around 18 inches tall by 5 ft. wide or more. The handsome gray foliage is topped with a profusion of lavender flowers on long spikes in the spring. Sun, decent drainage, occasional to little water. Deer tolerant. A bee and hummingbird favorite.
Salvia  'Calamity Jane' calamity Jane sage
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Salvia 'Calamity Jane'

(calamity Jane sage)

A cross between Salvia leucophylla and a prostrate form of Salvia mellifera.  Forms a fragrant mounding shrub up to 4 ft. tall by 4 ft. wide,  with flower spikes of light lavender blossoms. An excellent choice for a dry sunny bank with little to no summer water once established. Flowers are highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia  'Celestial Blue' sage
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Salvia 'Celestial Blue'

(sage)

A pollinator powerhouse, this sage attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies with its vibrant blossoms. Selected and introduced by Las Pilitas Nursery, thought to be a hybrid between Salvia clevelandii and S. pachyphylla, or perhaps a three way hybrid involving Salvia 'Pozo Blue'. Gray-green, sweetly fragrant foliage, grows 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide. The striking blue flowers are on widely spaced whorls of eye-catching violet-blue. The decorative architectural seed heads that follow provide food for songbirds. Plant in full sun with good drainage and occasional water. Drought and deer tolerant tolerant.

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Salvia 'Elk Blue Note'

(sage)

This cultivar introduced by Flowers by the Sea in Elk, California, is a result of a hybridizing program using a seed grown variety from Europe called 'Blue Note'. 'Elk Blue Note' offers a tough and reliable, dense, mounding shrub, 2 ft. tall by 3 ft. across. Royal blue-purple flowers on wiry stems bloom off and on throughout the growing season. Shearing back spent flowers leads to more blooming. Plant in full sun to very light shade with moderate watering. Sages are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia  'Hot Lips' sage
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Salvia 'Hot Lips'

(sage)

Here is a unique sage which adds a sparkling effect with its wonderful two-toned red and white flowers. Fast growing aromatic foliage reaches a height and width of 3 ft. or more. The bicolor flowers are white with a red lip, but this sage has the habit of producing a few entirely white or red flowers along with the red & white blossoms. Has proven adaptable, growing in full sun to part shade, with regular as well as minimal irrigation. Attractive to hummingbirds and a multitude of other pollinators too. Deer resistant.
Salvia  'John Whittlesey'
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Salvia 'John Whittlesey'

A cross between Salvia darcyii and Salvia microphylla, this hybrid sage is valuable for its very long bloom season. The large red flowers are a shade of red that is easy to work with and blends well with other colors. Growing 2 ft. by 2 ft. this fragrant perennial benefits from pinching and occasional shearing to keep dense. Plant in sun to light shade with moderate to a little summer water. Sages are favorites of hummingbirds and bees and tend to be deer tolerant.
Salvia  'Little Kiss'
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Salvia 'Little Kiss'

If you enjoy Salvia 'Hot Lips' but need something smaller try Salvia 'Little Kiss'. Growing 18 - 24 inches tall by 18 - 24 inches wide, with all the qualities of 'Hot Lips' such as easy care, low water needs, pollinator and hummingbird attracting bicolor red and white flowers, blooming spring through fall. Sages tend to be deer resistant too.     
Salvia  'Mirage Rose Bicolor' sage
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Salvia 'Mirage Rose Bicolor'

(sage)

Top winner at the Welby Flower Trials in Colorado, this hybrid sage was bred for long blooming and heat tolerance. Compact and tidy, growing 12 -14 inches tall and a bit wider. The fragrant foliage is topped with a profusion of nectar-rich, two toned flowers of deep rose-pink and creamy-white, summer into fall. The appealing, bold display attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional water. Makes a good container subject. Deer resistant.
Salvia  'Mrs. Beard'
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Salvia 'Mrs. Beard'

This cultivar has been around since 1965, a chance seedling discovered in a Berkeley garden. A hybrid between Salvia sonomensis and Salvia mellifera, 'Mrs. Beard’ has proven durable and disease resistant. Forms a dense mat of gray fragrant foliage up to 2 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide. Spring brings an abundance of tiny pale lavender-blue flowers in ball-like clusters that are highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun along coast and light shade in hot inland sites, where it will be quite drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.  
Salvia  'Scarlet Spires' sage
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Salvia 'Scarlet Spires'

(sage)

A hybrid sage involving Salvia darcyi, which has a compact habit growing around 3 ft. or so tall by 3 ft. wide. Summer brings displays of large coral-red blossoms, a delight to bees and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun to light shade with decent drainage and moderate watering. Dies back in the winter. Deer resistant.   

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Salvia 'Shirley's Creeper'

A vigorous garden hybrid involving the native Salvia mellifera selected by Charlie Christiansen. The cultivar name is misleading. This shrub does not creep exactly but mounds up 4-6 ft. tall and wide.  It can be kept lower and more dense by an annual cutting back after flowering.  Dark green aromatic foliage is a nice foil for the whorls of white flowers in the spring which are a favorite of bees and hummingbirds.  Plant in full sun to light shade.  Very drought tolerant once established.  Dependably deer resistant.
Salvia apiana  white sage
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Salvia apiana

(white sage)

A striking native sage with large, silvery-white, aromatic leaves and tall flower stalks reaching above the foliage displaying lavender tinged white blossoms. This shruby sage reaches 2 - 4 ft. tall and wide with flowering stalks adding another 2 ft. or more above that. A Useful plant for sunny, dry areas with good drainage. Combine with dark leaved plants such as ceanothus and manzanitas to create a dramatic display. Used in smudge bundles as a natural incense. A bee and hummingbird favorite. Deer resistant.

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Salvia apiana 'Compacta'

(compact white sage)

Having all the attributes of white sage, but growing about half the size, topping out at around 3 ft. tall. Gorgeous silver-gray foliage and stately flower stems of white, pollinator attracting blossoms. Heat and drought tolerant, this striking sage makes a wonderful specimen and contrasts beautifully with greener foliage. Plant in full sun with good drainage where it thrives with summer heat and drought. The powerfully fragrant foliage is dependably deer resistant.  
Salvia barrelieri
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Salvia barrelieri

Native to Southern Spain and North West Africa, this herbaceous perennial spends much of the growing season as a low mound of gray-green wavy leaves. Early summer, tall flower stems rise 3 - 5 feet, with branched spikes of lovely light lavender-blue blossoms, that last about one month. Cut down old spikes or allow to go to seed for future propagation. Plant in sun with good drainage and moderate summer water. Pollinators of all sorts love sages.
Salvia brandegeei  Brandegee sage
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Salvia brandegeei

(Brandegee sage)

Native to Santa Rosa Island of the California Channel Islands, this large sage grows 4-5 foot tall and wide. Dark green textured leaves contrast nicely with gray foliaged plants. Spring brings pale lavender flowers in widely spaced whorls. Excellent for sunny areas where it is very drought tolerant. A bee and hummingbird favorite. Deer tolerant too.
Salvia brandegeei 'Pacific Blue' Brandegee sage
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Salvia brandegeei 'Pacific Blue'

(Brandegee sage)

A very nice form of a tough and durable native shrubby sage introduced by Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Growing 4-6 ft. tall and wide with dark green textured foliage with white hairs on the leaf undersides. Instead of the typical light lavender flowers, this cultivar offers dark lavender-blue blossoms. Plant in full sun with little to no summer water once established. This native sage seems very tolerant of soil types even managing on heavy clay. Sage flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, their seeds provide food for birds. Deer resistant.
Salvia canariensis  Canary Island sage
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Salvia canariensis

(Canary Island sage)

Large and robust shrubby sage with arrow shaped leaves covered in white woolly hairs, growing 5 ft or more tall and wide. Dramatic flower displays of lavender-pink blossoms set among deeper colored calyces entice bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The striking display seems to go on for months, as after the petals fall the colorful calyces persist, extending the show. Easy to grow in full sun with good drainage. Drought tolerant, but additional water will result in a larger plant. Cut back in late winter to encourage a shapely shrub. Hardy to around 15 degrees. Deer resistant.

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