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Low flammability sun-loving plants for hillsides, drought tolera

This is a list I am developing to suit needs of homes in hilly areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains. These plants are all best cared for with watering once every 10 to 14 days once they are established. For the first year water every week. All plant material should be kept 5 ft or more from structures, according to CalFire's latest recommendations (2020). See this link on defensible space zones for more detail: https://www.firesafemarin.org/defensible-space For questions about this plant list, contact me at: Nikki@cal-sisters.com
34 PLANTS
Achillea millefolium    Common yarrow
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

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

Acmispon americanus    American bird's foot trefoil,  Spanish lotus
native
Annual herb

FABACEAE

Acmispon americanus
2019 Matt Berger
Acmispon americanus
2020 Bob Sweatt
Acmispon americanus
2019 Julie Kierstead Nelson

Acmispon glaber    Deerweed
native
Perennial herb

FABACEAE

Acmispon glaber
2021 Ron Vanderhoff
Acmispon glaber
2019 Diane Etchison
Acmispon glaber
2020 Bryant Baker

Artemisia pycnocephala    Beach sagewort,  Coastal sagewort
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Artemisia pycnocephala
2015 Zoya Akulova
Artemisia pycnocephala
2019 Joerg Lohse
Artemisia pycnocephala
2019 Joerg Lohse

Cercis occidentalis    Redbud,  Western redbud
native
Tree, Shrub

FABACEAE

Cercis occidentalis
2011 Steven Perry
Cercis occidentalis
2009 Gary A. Monroe
Cercis occidentalis
2019 Chico Hiking Association

Clarkia amoena    Farewell to spring
native
Annual herb

ONAGRACEAE

Clarkia amoena
2020 Doug Allshouse
Clarkia amoena
2019 Steve Laymon
Clarkia amoena
2015 James Gonsman

Clarkia purpurea    Purple clarkia,  Winecup clarkia
native
Annual herb

ONAGRACEAE

Clarkia purpurea
2018 Elinor Gates
Clarkia purpurea
2019 Stacie Wolny
Clarkia purpurea
2019 Diane Etchison

Diplacus aurantiacus    Sticky monkeyflower
native
Shrub

PHRYMACEAE

Diplacus aurantiacus
2019 Gary McDonald
Diplacus aurantiacus
2019 Stacie Wolny
Diplacus aurantiacus
2020 Ron Vanderhoff

Diplacus grandiflorus    Sticky monkeyflower
native
Shrub

PHRYMACEAE

Diplacus grandiflorus
2018 Adam Chasey
Diplacus grandiflorus
2018 David popp
Diplacus grandiflorus
2005 George W. Hartwell

Diplacus puniceus    Sticky monkeyflower
native
Shrub

PHRYMACEAE

Diplacus puniceus
2006 Michelle Cloud-Hughes
Diplacus puniceus
2011 Wynn Anderson
Diplacus puniceus
2019 Diane Etchison

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

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens    Red flowered buckwheat,  Redflower buckwheat
rare native
Perennial herb

POLYGONACEAE

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
2006 Steve Matson
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
2018 Susan McDougall
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
2006 Matt Below

Eriogonum latifolium    Coast buckwheat,  Coast eriogonum,  Seaside buckwheat
native
Perennial herb

POLYGONACEAE

Eriogonum latifolium
2016 Suzanne L. Weakley
Eriogonum latifolium
2014 James Gonsman
Eriogonum latifolium
2017 Adam Chasey

Eriophyllum confertiflorum    Golden yarrow,  Yellow yarrow
native
Shrub

ASTERACEAE

Eriophyllum confertiflorum
2019 Stacie Wolny
Eriophyllum confertiflorum
2019 Diane Etchison
Eriophyllum confertiflorum
2018 Bruce Homer-Smith

Eschscholzia californica    California poppy
native
Annual, Perennial herb

PAPAVERACEAE

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

Frangula californica    California coffeeberry
native
Shrub

RHAMNACEAE

Frangula californica
2019 Talila Golan
Frangula californica
2018 Debra L. Cook
Frangula californica
2001 Lynn Overtree

Grindelia hirsutula    Gumweed,  Hairy gumweed
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Grindelia hirsutula
2020 stephen rosenthal
Grindelia hirsutula
2015 Ken Lunders
Grindelia hirsutula
2020 R.A. Chasey

Hemizonia congesta    Hayfield tarweed
native
Annual herb

ASTERACEAE

Hemizonia congesta
2015 Vernon Smith
Hemizonia congesta
2018 Stacie Wolny
Hemizonia congesta
2019 Jennifer Mo

Heteromeles arbutifolia    Christmas berry,  Toyon
native
Shrub

ROSACEAE

Heteromeles arbutifolia
2015 James Gonsman
Heteromeles arbutifolia
2017 Gary McDonald
Heteromeles arbutifolia
2017 Gary McDonald

Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp. bolanderi    Bolander's goldenaster,  Golden aster,  Sessileflower false goldenaster
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp. bolanderi
2015 Tim Miller
Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp. bolanderi
2020 Mary Sue Ittner
Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp. bolanderi
2019 Julia King

Lupinus albifrons var. collinus    Silver bush lupine,  Silver lupine
native
Shrub

FABACEAE

Lupinus albifrons var. collinus
2009 Barry Breckling
Lupinus albifrons var. collinus
2013 Neal Kramer
Lupinus albifrons var. collinus
2015 Susan McDougall

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 microcarpus    Chick lupine
native
Annual herb

FABACEAE

Lupinus microcarpus
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
Lupinus microcarpus
2019 Diane Etchison
Lupinus microcarpus
2017 Diane Etchison

Madia elegans    Common madia
native
Annual herb

ASTERACEAE

Madia elegans
2019 Bob Sweatt
Madia elegans
2020 Diane Etchison
Madia elegans
2019 Bob Sweatt

Melica californica    California melicgrass
native
Perennial grass

POACEAE

Melica californica
2017 Neal Kramer
Melica californica
2011 Barry Breckling
Melica californica
2008 Zoya Akulova

Melica imperfecta    California melic,  Coast range melic,  Small flowered melica
native
Perennial grass

POACEAE

Melica imperfecta
2009 Keir Morse
Melica imperfecta
2014 Steve Matson
Melica imperfecta
2019 Ron Vanderhoff

Monardella villosa    Coyote mint
native
Perennial herb

LAMIACEAE

Monardella villosa
2020 Mary Sue Ittner
Monardella villosa
2019 Patrick Furtado
Monardella villosa
2019 Patricia Ashe

Penstemon heterophyllus    Bunchleaf penstemon,  Foothill penstemon
native
Perennial herb

PLANTAGINACEAE

Penstemon heterophyllus
2006 Matt Below
Penstemon heterophyllus
2021 Charles Russell
Penstemon heterophyllus
2020 Diane Etchison

Salvia sonomensis    Creeping sage,  Sonoma sage
native
Perennial herb

LAMIACEAE

Salvia sonomensis
2005 George W. Hartwell
Salvia sonomensis
2014 Zoya Akulova
Salvia sonomensis
2018 Cynthia Powell

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

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

Stipa lepida    Foothill needle grass
native
Perennial grass

POACEAE

Stipa lepida
2016 Andrew Longman
Stipa lepida
2017 Gary McDonald
Stipa lepida
2016 Andrew Longman

Stipa pulchra    Purple needle grass
native
Perennial grass

POACEAE

Stipa pulchra
2019 Michelle Karle
Stipa pulchra
2018 Gary McDonald
Stipa pulchra
2019 Ron Vanderhoff