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May 7, 2006

Arvind & Ashok's Local Natives for San Jose Gardens

Locally native plants that grow well in our San Jose garden with a minimum of fuss

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Common Name Scientific Name Height Width Exposure Water Flower Bloom Time
Trees
California Buckeye Aesculus californica 10' 10' Sun/part shade White May
Holly-leaved Cherry Prunus ilicifolia 15' 10' Sun   White Apr-May
Coast Live Oak Quercus agrifolia 60' 60' Sun      
Valley Oak Quercus lobata 80' 60' Sun      
Blue Elderberry Sambucus mexicana 20' 10' Sun/part shade Cream Apr-May
Vines
Chaparral Clematis Clematis lasiantha 8' 8' Sun   White Feb-Apr
Western Virgin's Bower Clematis ligusticifolia 10' 10' Sun Moist White May-Jun
California Grape Vitis californica 10' 10' Sun   Purple berries Aug-Sep
Shrubs
Sagebrush Artemisia californica 3' 3' Sun   None  
Wild Buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum 2' 4' Sun   White Jun-Nov
Toyon Heteromeles arbutifolia 8' 8' Sun   White flowers/
Red berries
Apr-May
Sticky Monkey Flower Mimulus aurantiacus 2' 3' Sun   Orange Oct-Jun
Coffeeberry Rhamnus californica 8' 5' Sun   Red/black
berries
Sep-Dec
Black Sage Salvia mellifera 3' 5' Sun   White Feb-May
Grasses/Sedges
Foothill Sedge Carex tumulicola 1' 3' Sun/shade   Apr-May
California Melic Melica californica 2' 1' Sun     Mar-May
Purple Needlegrass Nassella pulchra 3' 2' Sun     Mar-Apr
Pine Bluegrass Poa secunda 2' 2' Sun     Mar-May
Perennials
Yarrow Achillea millefolium 1' 1' Sun   White Apr-May
Columbine Aquilegia formosa 3' 1' Shade Moist Red Mar-Jun
Mugwort Artemisia douglasiana 3' 1' Shade   None Aug-Sep
California Aster Aster chilensis 1' 1' Sun   White/pink Jul-Aug
Togluaca Datura wrightii 1.5' 3' Sun   White Jun-Aug
California Fuchsia Epilobium canum canum 1' 1' Sun   Red Aug-Nov
Woodland Strawberry Fragaria vesca 3" 6" Shade   White Mar-Apr
Goldenaster Heterotheca sessiliflora bolanderi 6" 1' Sun   Yellow Feb-Dec
Douglas Iris Iris douglasiana 1' 2' Shade   Purple Apr-May
California Aster Lessingia filaginifolia 1' 2' Sun   Pink Aug-Dec
Coyote Mint Monardella villosa 1' 1' Sun   Purple Apr-Jul
Hummingbird Sage Salvia spathacea 1' 1' Shade   Pink Mar-Jun
Checkerbloom Sidalcea malvaeflora 6" 1' Sun   Pink Mar-May
Bulbs
One-leaved Onion Allium unifolium 1.5' 6" Sun   Pink Apr-May
California Brodiaea Brodiaea californica 1' 6" Sun   Purple May
Gold Nuggets Calochortus luteus 6" 6" Sun   Yellow May
Ookow Dichelostemma congestum 6" 6" Sun   Blue May
Wild Hyacinth Triteleia hyacinthina 1' 6" Sun   White May
Prettyface Triteleia ixioides 1' 6" Sun   Yellow Apr-May
Ithuriel's Spear Triteleia laxa 1' 6" Sun   Blue May
Fremont's Star Lily Zigadenus fremontii 1.5' 1' Sun   White Feb-Mar
Wildflowers
Ruby Chalice Clarkia Clarkia rubicunda 2' 3' Sun   Pink May-Jun
Elegant Clarkia Clarkia unguiculata 4' 1' Sun   Magenta May-Jun
Chinese Houses Collinsia heterophylla 1' 1.5' Shade   White/purple Apr
California Poppy Eschscholzia californica 1.5' 1.5' Sun   Orange Feb-Apr
Globe Gilia Gilia capitata 1' 6" Sun   Blue Apr-May
Goldfields Lasthenia glabrata 6" 1' Sun   Yellow Apr-May
Tidy Tips Layia platyglossa 1' 2' Sun   White/yellow Apr-May
Meadowfoam Limnanthes douglasii 6" 1' Sun Moist White/yellow Apr-May
Grand Linanthus Linanthus grandiflorus 1' 6" Sun   White/pink Apr-May
Blazing Star Mentzelia lindleyi 2' 1' Sun   Yellow Apr-May
Seep Monkey Flower Mimulus guttatus 1.5' 1' Sun Moist Yellow Mar-Apr
Cream Cups Platystemon californicus 6" 6" Sun   Cream Mar-May
Wind Poppy Stylomecon heterophylla 1' 6" Shade   Orange Mar-May

Sources

Ask for native plants at your local nursery using the scientific name.
If the plants are not in stock, ask the nursery to order them from Suncrest,
the wholesale nursery in Watsonville. Or visit one of the nurseries below.
Payless Nursery (small native section)   (408) 274-7815 Payless, 2927 S King Rd,
 San Jose, CA 95122
Annie's Annuals www.anniesannuals.com (4" pots
only)
(510) 215 1326 P.O. Box 5053, Richmond,
CA 94805
Larner Seeds www.larnerseeds.com (mainly
seeds)
(415) 868-9407 P.O. Box 407, Bolinas,
CA 94924
Yerba Buena
Nursery
www.yerbabuenanursery.com   (650) 851-1668 19500 Skyline Blvd.,
Woodside, CA 94062
Native Revival
Nursery
www.nativerevival.com   (831) 684-1811 2600 Mar Vista Dr.,
Aptos, CA 95003
Rana Creek
Nursery
www.ranacreek.com   (831) 659-4851 35351 E Carmel Valley Rd.,
Carmel, CA 93924
Elkhorn Nursery www.elkhornnursery.com   (831) 763-1207 P.O. Box 270,
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Sally Casey, CNPS www.cnps-scv.org (4" pots,
bulbs)
(408) 377-0989  

(Tables by Arvind Kumar)

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