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Mow-able native plants (great for easy maintenance and fire safe

This is a list of species which are all low maintenance and hardy to seasonal mowing. Typically mowing should happen in late summer or fall, but if the ground is adequately firm (so as not to cause erosion or damage to soil structure) these plants can survive mowing at any time of the year and recover. Although, mower should be adjusted for a high mow (3 inches or so). Most of these species are moderately drought tolerant and aimed for flat areas or gentle slopes. The exception is Buttercups which is often found in seasonally boggy areas which contrasts to CA Fuchsia's need for adequate drainage. So don't combine these last two species in the same exact location :) 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

Bromus carinatus    California brome
native
Perennial grass

POACEAE

Bromus carinatus
2020 Ron Vanderhoff
Bromus carinatus
2021 Neal Kramer
Bromus carinatus
2020 Aaron Sunshine

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

Carex tumulicola    Foothill sedge,  Slender sedge,  Split awn sedge
native
Perennial grasslike herb

CYPERACEAE

Carex tumulicola
2009 Chris Wagner
Carex tumulicola
2021 John Rawlings
Carex tumulicola
2021 John Rawlings

Elymus glaucus    Blue wildrye
native
Perennial grass

POACEAE

Elymus glaucus
2009 Keir Morse
Elymus glaucus
2005 Brianna M. Richardson
Elymus glaucus
2009 Keir Morse

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

Festuca rubra    Red fescue
native
Perennial grass

POACEAE

Festuca rubra
2013 Robert Steers/NPS
Festuca rubra
2012 Aaron Arthur
Festuca rubra
2014 Phil Pullen

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

Fragaria vesca    California strawberry,  Wild strawberry,  Wood strawberry
native
Perennial herb

ROSACEAE

Fragaria vesca
2020 Cara Wilcox
Fragaria vesca
2020 Cara Wilcox
Fragaria vesca
2020 Susan McDougall

Ranunculus californicus    California buttercup
native
Perennial herb

RANUNCULACEAE

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

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

Solidago velutina    Threenerve goldenrod
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Solidago velutina
2018 Ron Vanderhoff
Solidago velutina
2020 Cynthia Keiser
Solidago velutina
2020 Cynthia Keiser

Stipa pulchra    Purple needle grass
native
Perennial grass

POACEAE

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

Symphyotrichum chilense    California aster,  Pacific aster
native
Perennial herb

ASTERACEAE

Symphyotrichum chilense
2020 Suzanne L. Weakley
Symphyotrichum chilense
2020 Mary Conway
Symphyotrichum chilense
2018 Stacie Wolny

Verbena lasiostachys    Common verbena,  Vervain,  Western verbena
native
Perennial herb

VERBENACEAE

Verbena lasiostachys
2019 Diane Etchison
Verbena lasiostachys
2018 Gary McDonald
Verbena lasiostachys
2020 Greg Froelich

Viola pedunculata    California golden violet,  Johnny jump up
native
Perennial herb

VIOLACEAE

Viola pedunculata
2018 James Gonsman
Viola pedunculata
2014 James Gonsman
Viola pedunculata
2019 Ken Hickman