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Low flammability sun-loving plants for near structure

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
2020 Bob Sweatt
Achillea millefolium
2014 James Gonsman
Achillea millefolium
2018 Gary McDonald

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

RANUNCULACEAE

Aquilegia eximia
2018 Stacie Wolny
Aquilegia eximia
2010 Tony Morosco
Aquilegia eximia
2020 Paul Aigner

Armeria maritima    Thrift seapink
native
Perennial herb

PLUMBAGINACEAE

Armeria maritima
2021 Mary Sue Ittner
Armeria maritima
2009 Ron Wolf
Armeria maritima
2021 Cara Wilcox

Calandrinia ciliata    red maids,  Calandrinia
native
Annual herb

MONTIACEAE

Calandrinia ciliata
2021 Mary Ann Machi
Calandrinia ciliata
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
Calandrinia ciliata
2020 Bob Sweatt

Collinsia heterophylla    Purple chinese houses
native
Annual herb

PLANTAGINACEAE

Collinsia heterophylla
2019 Jacob Smith
Collinsia heterophylla
2019 Jacob Smith
Collinsia heterophylla
2019 David Greenberger

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
2014 Richard Chasey

Eschscholzia californica    California poppy
native
Annual, Perennial herb

PAPAVERACEAE

Eschscholzia californica
2021 Ron Vanderhoff
Eschscholzia californica
2020 Amy Rapport
Eschscholzia californica
2009 Barry Rice

Fragaria chiloensis    Beach strawberry
native
Perennial herb

ROSACEAE

Fragaria chiloensis
2016 Teresa R Spade, AICP
Fragaria chiloensis
2020 Susan McDougall
Fragaria chiloensis
2009 Thomas Stoughton

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

LIMNANTHACEAE

Limnanthes douglasii ssp. sulphurea
2018 Woody Elliott
Limnanthes douglasii ssp. sulphurea
2012 Zoya Akulova
Limnanthes douglasii ssp. sulphurea
2018 Woody Elliott

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

FABACEAE

Lupinus bicolor
2019 Gary McDonald
Lupinus bicolor
2018 Stacie Wolny
Lupinus bicolor
2019 Gary McDonald

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

FABACEAE

Lupinus latifolius
2001 Steven Thorsted
Lupinus latifolius
2009 Thomas Stoughton
Lupinus latifolius
2009 Thomas Stoughton

Nemophila menziesii    Baby blue eyes
native
Annual herb

BORAGINACEAE

Nemophila menziesii
2019 Matt Berger
Nemophila menziesii
2019 Diane Etchison
Nemophila menziesii
2010 Zoya Akulova

Ranunculus californicus    California buttercup
native
Perennial herb

RANUNCULACEAE

Ranunculus californicus
2019 Diane Etchison
Ranunculus californicus
2020 Mitchell Coleman
Ranunculus californicus
2019 Diane Etchison

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

CRASSULACEAE

Sedum spathulifolium
2015 James Gonsman
Sedum spathulifolium
2019 Chico Hiking Association
Sedum spathulifolium
2019 Chico Hiking Association

Sesuvium verrucosum    Verrucose seapurslane,  Western sea purslane
native
Perennial herb

AIZOACEAE

Sesuvium verrucosum
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
Sesuvium verrucosum
2021 Cynthia Powell
Sesuvium verrucosum
2020 R.A. Chasey

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

MALVACEAE

Sidalcea malviflora
2022 David Strauch
Sidalcea malviflora
2018 Sheila Lodge
Sidalcea malviflora
2015 Chris Jaster

Sisyrinchium bellum    Western blue eyed grass
native
Perennial herb

IRIDACEAE

Sisyrinchium bellum
2020 Mary Conway
Sisyrinchium bellum
2020 Benjamin Gould
Sisyrinchium bellum
2019 Stacie Wolny