logo Calflora  Illustrated Plant List 

This is a list I am developing in response to home owners wanting more guidance on what to plant in irrigated gardens around the home. I am listing native species that could be utilized in the Santa Cruz Mountains. These plants are suitable for irrigation once a week or less. Ideally keep all plants 5 ft or more from structures. These plants are a combination or delicate annuals which produce very little fuel and low growing easy to maintain perennials. Yarrow, CA Fuchsia, Wild Hollyhock/Checkerbloom, Chinese Houses, and Lupines can be cut to the ground in late summer/fall or whenever necessary and be unharmed. For more info on defensible space zones: https://www.firesafemarin.org/defensible-space For questions about this plant list, contact me at: Nikki@cal-sisters.com
18 PLANTS
Achillea millefolium    Common yarrow
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Achillea millefolium
2022 Andy Ford
Achillea millefolium
2020 Bob Sweatt
Achillea millefolium
2018 Gary McDonald

Aquilegia eximia    Serpentine columbine,  Sticky columbine,  Van Houtte's columbine
native
Perennial herb

RANUNCULACEAE

Aquilegia eximia
2019 David Greenberger
Aquilegia eximia
2019 Ken Hickman
Aquilegia eximia
2021 Mike Russler

Armeria maritima    Thrift seapink
native
Perennial herb

PLUMBAGINACEAE

Armeria maritima
2016 Steve Matson
Armeria maritima
2016 Steve Matson
Armeria maritima
2016 Steve Matson

Calandrinia ciliata    red maids,  Calandrinia
native
Annual herb

MONTIACEAE

Calandrinia ciliata
2021 Mary Ann Machi
Calandrinia ciliata
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
Calandrinia ciliata
2019 Ron Vanderhoff

Collinsia heterophylla    Purple chinese houses
native
Annual herb

PLANTAGINACEAE

Collinsia heterophylla
2022 Mary Ann Machi
Collinsia heterophylla
2019 David Greenberger
Collinsia heterophylla
2019 Ron Vanderhoff

Dudleya pulverulenta    Chalk dudleya
native
Perennial herb

CRASSULACEAE

Dudleya pulverulenta
2018 Ron Vanderhoff
Dudleya pulverulenta
2012 Ann Dalkey
Dudleya pulverulenta
2020 Julia Markey

Epilobium canum    California fuchsia,  Hummingbird trumpet,  zauschneria
native
Perennial herb

ONAGRACEAE

Epilobium canum
2018 Ron Vanderhoff
Epilobium canum
2015 Gerald Carr
Epilobium canum
2015 Gerald Carr

Eschscholzia californica    California poppy
native
Annual, Perennial herb

PAPAVERACEAE

Eschscholzia californica
2019 Dee Shea Himes
Eschscholzia californica
2021 Ron Vanderhoff
Eschscholzia californica
2019 Amy Rapport

Fragaria chiloensis    Beach strawberry
native
Perennial herb

ROSACEAE

Fragaria chiloensis
2016 Teresa R Spade, AICP
Fragaria chiloensis
2019 Patrick Furtado
Fragaria chiloensis
2020 Carlos Davidson

Limnanthes douglasii ssp. sulphurea    Douglas' meadowfoam,  Meadow foam,  Point Reyes meadowfoam
rare native
Annual herb

LIMNANTHACEAE

Limnanthes douglasii ssp. sulphurea
2024 John Rawlings
Limnanthes douglasii ssp. sulphurea
2024 John Rawlings
Limnanthes douglasii ssp. sulphurea
2018 Ann Elliott

Lupinus bicolor    Annual lupine,  Bicolored lupine,  Miniature lupine
native
Annual, Perennial herb

FABACEAE

Lupinus bicolor
2021 Ken Lunders
Lupinus bicolor
2022 Mike Russler
Lupinus bicolor
2019 Gary McDonald

Lupinus latifolius    Bigleaf lupine,  Broad leaf lupine,  Broadleaf lupine
native
Perennial herb

FABACEAE

Lupinus latifolius
2017 Steve Matson
Lupinus latifolius
2017 Steve Matson
Lupinus latifolius
2008 Steve Matson

Nemophila menziesii    Baby blue eyes
native
Annual herb

HYDROPHYLLACEAE

Nemophila menziesii
2019 Matt Berger
Nemophila menziesii
2019 Diane Etchison
Nemophila menziesii
2019 Ron Vanderhoff

Ranunculus californicus    California buttercup
native
Perennial herb

RANUNCULACEAE

Ranunculus californicus
2016 Steve Matson
Ranunculus californicus
2016 Steve Matson
Ranunculus californicus
2016 Steve Matson

Sedum spathulifolium    Broadleaf stonecrop,  Pacific stonecrop,  Stone crop
native
Perennial herb

CRASSULACEAE

Sedum spathulifolium
2021 Steve Matson
Sedum spathulifolium
2021 Steve Matson
Sedum spathulifolium
2023 R.A. Chasey

Sesuvium verrucosum    Verrucose seapurslane,  Western sea purslane
native
Perennial herb

AIZOACEAE

Sesuvium verrucosum
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
Sesuvium verrucosum
2020 R.A. Chasey
Sesuvium verrucosum
2018 Ron Vanderhoff

Sidalcea malviflora    Checker bloom,  Checker mallow,  Dwarf checkerbloom
native
Perennial herb

MALVACEAE

Sidalcea malviflora
2022 David Strauch
Sidalcea malviflora
2018 Sheila Lodge
Sidalcea malviflora
2022 Suzanne L. Weakley

Sisyrinchium bellum    Western blue eyed grass
native
Perennial herb

IRIDACEAE

Sisyrinchium bellum
2020 Mary Conway
Sisyrinchium bellum
2024 Ron Vanderhoff
Sisyrinchium bellum
2019 Stacie Wolny