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ARMERIA maritima 'Alba', Common Thrift, Sea Pink ARMERIA maritima 'Alba'
Common Thrift, Sea Pink

Perennial Subshrub: Evergreen. Tolerates deer, drought, fire & coast. Somewhat gopher resistant. Clump former with grass-like tufts & white ball-shaped flower heads in spring-fall. Good rock garden, ground cover, edging, pot, cut flower & border plant. CA native. Attracts butterflies. Size: 6-10" x 12". Flower spikes 6-8". Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z4-10.

ARMERIA maritima 'Nifty Thrifty', Variegated Common Thrift, Variegated Sea Pink ARMERIA maritima 'Nifty Thrifty'
Variegated Common Thrift, Variegated Sea Pink

Perennial Subshrub: Evergreen. Tolerates deer, drought, fire & coast. Somewhat gopher resistant. Clumping grass-like tufts are green with white edges and carry bright pink ball-shaped flower heads spring-summerl. Good rock garden, ground cover, edging, pot, cut flower & border plant. Attracts butterflies. Ht: 4-8". W: 4-8". Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z4-10.

ARMERIA maritima 'Rubrifolia', Common Thrift, Sea Pink ARMERIA maritima 'Rubrifolia'
Common Thrift, Sea Pink

Perennial Subshrub: Evergreen. Tolerates deer, drought, fire & coast. Somewhat gopher resistant. Clumping dark reddish purple grass-like tufts w/ rose pink ball-shaped flower heads spring-fall. Rock garden, ground cover, edging, pot, cut flower & border plant. CA native. Attracts butterflies. Size: 8" x 12". Flowers 6-8". Sun with mod/dry water. USDA Z4-10.

ARMERIA maritima 'Splendens', Common Thrift, Sea Pink ARMERIA maritima 'Splendens'
Common Thrift, Sea Pink

Perennial Subshrub: Evergreen. Tolerates deer, drought, fire & coast. Somewhat gopher resistant. Clumping grass-like tufts w/ deep rose pink ball-shaped flower heads spring-fall. Rock garden, ground cover, edging, pot, cut flower & border plant. CA native. Attracts butterflies. Size: 6-10" x 12". Flowers 6-8". Sun with mod/dry water. USDA Z4-10.

Photo unavailable ARTEMESIA californica 'Canyon Gray'
Trailing Sagebrush, Coastal Sagebrush

Perennial Shrub: Deer & gopher resistant. Very drought tolerant. CA native. A large scale groundcover that spreads to form a compact mat w/finely divided light gray-green lvs. Aromatic. Useful as a bank cover or for the top of a retaining wall where it can cascade over the edge. Also nice filler or rock garden pant. Flowers are sparse & are fairly inconspicuous. Ht: 1-2'. W: 8-10'. Exp.: sun. Water: mod./dry. USDA Z9.

Photo unavailable ARTEMESIA mauiensis 'Makana' Silver
Maui Wormwood Maui Wormwood

Perennial Shrub: Deer, drought & gopher resistant. Creates cushions of lacy, feathery, touchable silver plumes that add texture to mixed combinations. Softer looking foliage than other Artemisia. Better habit than the species. Can be used for containers, accent, or planted in mass. Can be trained as a small specimen tree. Flowers are insignificant. Fast growing & needs good drainage. Ht: 24". Width: 30-36". Exp.: sun. Water: mod./dry. USDA Z9. PPAF

ARTEMISIA 'Powis Castle', Wormwood ARTEMISIA 'Powis Castle'
Wormwood

Perennial Shrub: Deer & gopher resistant. Drought tolerant. Good rock garden, border and ground cover plant. Shrubby growth habit with gray flower spikes to 1 foot in length. Foliage is covered with silky, silvery hairs. Height: 3 feet. Width: 4-6 feet. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z8 or <. (syn. A. x absinthium x arborescens 'Powis Castle').

ARTEMISIA schmidtiana 'Silver Mound', Angels Hair ARTEMISIA schmidtiana 'Silver Mound'
Angels Hair

Perennial: Deer and gopher resistant. Drought tolerant. Evergreen. Nice rock garden, ground cover and border plant. Trim to keep it shapely. Foliage: silvery. Size: to 12 inches x 18 inches. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z4.

ASARUM caudatum, Wild ginger ASARUM caudatum
Wild ginger

Perennial: Deer resistant. Clay tolerant. Rhizomatous evergreen, prostrate ground cover. Has heart-shaped leaves with small pitcher-shaped reddish-brown flowers in summer. Attracts butterflies. Height: 3-8 inches. Width: 10 inches (eventually will spread to form a nice clump). Exposure: shade. Water: moist. USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable ASARUM maximum 'Ling Ling'
Ling Ling Panda Face Ginger

Perennial: Evergreen. Deer resistant. Forms a clump of large dark green heart- shaped leaves up to 8", nicely patterened with light green on the sides of a central green strip. Produces in spring, and sometimes in fall 2" wide velvet blackflowers, each highlighted by a wide white band around the center, reminiscent of a panda. Hardy to 5 to 10 degrees. Height :6-8" Spread: 12" Exposure: shade Water: moist

ASCLEPIAS curassavica 'Red Butterfly', Bloodflower ASCLEPIAS curassavica 'Red Butterfly'
Bloodflower

Perennial Subshrub: Deer resistant. Native of South America. Deciduous bedding, container, border and cut flower plant. Flowering time: summer-fall. Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds & bees. Bloom color: corolla red, corona orange. Height: 3-3.5 feet. Expsoure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z7.

ASCLEPIAS curassavica 'Silky Gold', Bloodflower ASCLEPIAS curassavica 'Silky Gold'
Bloodflower

Perennial Subshrub: Deer resistant. Native of South America. Deciduous bedding, container, border and cut flower plant. Flowering time: summer-fall. Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds & bees. Bloom color: golden yellow. Height: 3-3.5 feet. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable ASCLEPIAS eriocarpa
Indian, Kotolo or Woollypod Milkweed

Perennial: CA native. Deer resistant & drought tolerant. Clusters of wht to cream sometimes tinged w/prpl flowers appear summer-fall. Important host plant for Monarch & Striated Queen butterflies & caterpillars. The attractive blue-gray lvs are hairy w/noticeable midvein & the fruits are fat, tapering to a blunt tip. Attracts bees & hummingbirds. Good for borders. Size: 1-3' x 1-3'. Exp.: sun. Water: dry. Can take clay, sandy or rocky soil.

Photo unavailable ASCLEPIAS fascicularis
Narrow Leaf Milkweed, Mexican Whorled Milkweed

Perennial Herb: Deciduous. CA native. Deer resistant. Drought, clay & heat tolerant. Sends up many thin, erect stems while bearing distinctive long pointed lvs which are narrow, often whorled about the stem. Produces clusters of 2" lav. or lav.-tinted wht flowers summer-fall. Important host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars & nectar source for other butterflies as well. 3' x 3'. Exp: sun/pt shade. Water: mod./dry. USDA Z6.

ASCLEPIAS fruticosus (Gomphocarpus), Mini Swan Milkweed, Cotton Bush ASCLEPIAS fruticosus (Gomphocarpus)
Mini Swan Milkweed, Cotton Bush

Perennial treated as an annual: Decid., deer resist. & dt. tolerant. Host for Monarch butterflies & caterpillars. Has the same white blms as "Family Jewels" topped w/hairy balls, but they're pointed! The star-shaped flowers are followed by the pale green, hairy balls or seed pods. Good for cut flower arrangements. Attracts hummers. Blms summer-fall. Size: 3' x 3'. Exp. sun. Water: mod. USDA Z8. (syn. Gomphocarpus fruticosa).

ASCLEPIAS tuberosa, Butterfly Weed, Pleurisy Root ASCLEPIAS tuberosa
Butterfly Weed, Pleurisy Root

Perennial Herb: Deer resistant and drought tolerant. Good border plant and cut flower. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Blooms: summer-fall. Color: bright orange, sometimes yellow or red. Flowers are followed by 6" long pointed pods. Upright, mounding habit. Ht: 2-3'. W: 1'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z3.

ASTER ageratoides 'Starshine', Japanese Aster ASTER ageratoides 'Starshine'
Japanese Aster

Perennial: Deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflies and bees. Forms a midsized mound of green leaves, bearing loads of small, white yellow-eyed daisies from summer-fall. High resistance to powdery mildew. Good for border or container plantings. Nice cut flower. Bloom color: white. Height: 20-24". Width: 24-28". Exposure: sun-part shade. Water: moderate-moist. USDA Z8. PP#19403.

ASTER dumosus 'Alert', Aster ASTER dumosus 'Alert'
Aster

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous. Good rock garden, border and cut flower plant. Attracts butterflies & bees. Pinch one-half of plant height before mid-July to allow plant to bush out. Bloom time: summer-fall. Bloom color: deep crimson red. Height: 1-1.5'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z3.

ASTER frikartii 'Moench'/'Monch', Frikart's Aster ASTER frikartii 'Moench'/'Monch'
Frikart's Aster

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous. Produces fragrant flowers 2-3". Good cut flower, border & rock garden plant. Resistant to insects & diseases. Himalayas native. Bloom time: summer-fall. Bloom color: lavender blue with yellow center. Size: 1-3' x 1.5'. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate/moist. USDA Z4.

ASTER lateriflorus 'Lady in Black', Aster ASTER lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'
Aster

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous. Border, cut flower and rock garden plant with rich burgundy foliage that contrasts nicely to the tiny white daisies that contain round raspberry cones borne along the leaf axils. Very strong grower. Blooms: summer-fall. Size: 3-4' x 2'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z3.

Photo unavailable ASTER novi-belgii 'Bahamas' (Island Series)
Island Series Aster, Dwarf Michaelmas Daisy

Perennial: Semi-evergreen. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Part of the Island series, a group of asters designed for their compact habit and flower power. Attracts bees & butterflies. Nice cut flower, border, pot & rock garden plant. Blooms: summer-fall. Bloom color: vibrant cerise pink. Size: 12-18" x 12-18". Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z4.

Photo unavailable ASTER novi-belgii 'Barbados' (Island Series)
Island Series Aster, Dwarf Michaelmas Daisy

Perennial: Semi-evergreen. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Part of the Island series, a group of asters designed for their compact habit and flower power. Attracts bees & butterflies. Nice cut flower, border, pot & rock garden plant. Blooms: summer-fall. Bloom color: lavender blue w/yellow center. Size: 12" x 12". Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z4.

Photo unavailable ASTER novi-belgii 'Samoa' (Island Series)
Island Series Aster, Dwarf Michaelmas Daisy

Perennial: Semi-evergreen. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Part of the Island series, a group of asters designed for their compact habit and flower power. Attracts bees & butterflies. Nice cut flower, border, pot & rock garden plant. Blooms: summer-fall. Bloom color: deep pink-purple w/yellow center. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z4.

ASTERISCUS maritimus 'Golden Dollar', Mediterranean Beach Daisy ASTERISCUS maritimus 'Golden Dollar'
Mediterranean Beach Daisy

Perennial: Native to coastal bluffs of North Africa & the eastern Mediterranean. Low, spreader that produces dense clumps of gray-green leaves that are slightly fuzzy. Bright-yellow daisy flowers spring through mid-summer. Great addition to coastal gardens & well in sandy soils. It does great in containers as well. The blooms are dense, giving the entire plant a near-solid golden color. Size 8-16" x 8-16". Exp.: full sun. USDA Z8.

Photo unavailable ASTILBE japonica 'Deutschland'
False Spiraea

Perennial: Deciduous. Deer resistant. Fern-like leaves carry clusters of tiny flowers in spring-summer. Good cut flower, border and woodland plant. Waterside is okay-tolerates bog. Attracts butterflies. Bloom color: pure white. Size: 1.5-2' x 1.5-2'. Exposure: light sun to shade. Water: moist. USDA Z4.

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