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Santa Cruz Mountain Redwood Garden

These plants are all suited to growing as redwood understory. With just a touch of ongoing maintenance (such as trimming the Huckleberry shorter), this is also a nice low flammability full-shade garden.
35 PLANTS
Aquilegia formosa    Crimson columbine,  Sitka columbine,  Western columbine
native
Perennial herb

RANUNCULACEAE

Aquilegia formosa
2013 James Gonsman
Aquilegia formosa
2021 Emily Sluiman
Aquilegia formosa
2019 Diane Etchison

Asarum caudatum    Creeping wild ginger,  Longtail wild ginger
native
Perennial herb

ARISTOLOCHIACEAE

Asarum caudatum
2007 Shawn DeCew
Asarum caudatum
Gerald and Buff Corsi 2009 California Academy of Sciences
Asarum caudatum
2017 Gregory Arena

Calochortus albus    White fairy lantern,  White globe lily
native
Perennial herb

LILIACEAE

Calochortus albus
2019 David Greenberger
Calochortus albus
2020 Tina Curiel
Calochortus albus
2019 Cynthia Powell

Calochortus tolmiei    Hairy star tulip,  Tolmie star tulip,  Tolmie's star tulip
native
Perennial herb

LILIACEAE

Calochortus tolmiei
2020 Steve Conger
Calochortus tolmiei
2020 Mary Ann Machi
Calochortus tolmiei
2020 Steve Laymon

Cardamine californica    California toothwort,  milkmaids
native
Perennial herb

BRASSICACEAE

Cardamine californica
2018 James Gonsman
Cardamine californica
2021 Ron Vanderhoff
Cardamine californica
2018 Lynn Sweet

Carex obnupta    Coast carex,  Slough sedge
native
Perennial grasslike herb

CYPERACEAE

Carex obnupta
2007 Neal Kramer
Carex obnupta
2008 Keir Morse
Carex obnupta
2014 Zoya Akulova

Clintonia andrewsiana    Andrew's clintonia,  Blue bead lily,  Red clintonia
native
Perennial herb

LILIACEAE

Clintonia andrewsiana
2013 Janet Herringshaw
Clintonia andrewsiana
2013 Suzanne L. Weakley
Clintonia andrewsiana
2013 Janet Herringshaw

Corylus cornuta    Beaked hazelnut
native
Shrub

BETULACEAE

Corylus cornuta
2017 John Game
Corylus cornuta
2018 MCOSD EDRR
Corylus cornuta
2019 Belinda Lo

Cynoglossum grande    Grand hound's tongue,  Pacific hound's tongue,  Western houndstongue
native
Perennial herb

BORAGINACEAE

Cynoglossum grande
2019 Eliezer Margolis
Cynoglossum grande
2018 James Gonsman
Cynoglossum grande
2022 David Strauch

Dicentra formosa    Pacific bleeding heart,  Pacific bleedinghearts
native
Perennial herb

PAPAVERACEAE

Dicentra formosa
2021 Saskia Raether
Dicentra formosa
2018 Chico Hiking Association
Dicentra formosa
2018 Matt Berger

Dryopteris arguta    California wood fern,  Coastal wood fern,  Shield fern
native
Fern

DRYOPTERIDACEAE

Dryopteris arguta
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
Dryopteris arguta
2004 Brent Miller
Dryopteris arguta
2019 Rebecca Crowe

Fritillaria affinis    Checker lily,  Mission bells
native
Perennial herb (bulb)

LILIACEAE

Fritillaria affinis
2020 Karen Swift
Fritillaria affinis
2020 Karen Swift
Fritillaria affinis
2020 Susan McDougall

Gaultheria shallon    Salal
native
Shrub

ERICACEAE

Gaultheria shallon
2018 Saskia Raether
Gaultheria shallon
2020 Mary Sue Ittner
Gaultheria shallon
2014 Zoya Akulova

Heuchera micrantha    Alum root,  Crevice alumroot
native
Perennial herb

SAXIFRAGACEAE

Heuchera micrantha
2021 Mary Ann Machi
Heuchera micrantha
2020 Susan McDougall
Heuchera micrantha
2013 Debra L. Cook

Iris douglasiana    Douglas iris,  Douglas' iris
native
Perennial herb

IRIDACEAE

Iris douglasiana
2020 R.A. Chasey
Iris douglasiana
2020 Susan McDougall
Iris douglasiana
2009 John W. Wall

Iris fernaldii    Fernald's iris
native
Perennial herb

IRIDACEAE

Iris fernaldii
2020 Susan McDougall
Iris fernaldii
2012 Gary A. Monroe
Iris fernaldii
2020 Susan McDougall

Lysimachia latifolia    Pacific starflower
native
Perennial herb

MYRSINACEAE

Lysimachia latifolia
2019 David Magney
Lysimachia latifolia
2020 Stacie Wolny
Lysimachia latifolia
2021 Lisa Berry

Maianthemum dilatatum    False lily of the valley,  False lily of the vally,  Pacific may lily
native
Perennial herb

RUSCACEAE

Maianthemum dilatatum
2020 Doug Allshouse
Maianthemum dilatatum
2020 Susan McDougall
Maianthemum dilatatum
2008 Matt Below

Maianthemum racemosum    Feathery false lily of the valley
native
Perennial herb

RUSCACEAE

Maianthemum racemosum
2020 Bob Sweatt
Maianthemum racemosum
2019 Stacie Wolny
Maianthemum racemosum
2018 Steve Matson

Maianthemum stellatum    Starry false lily of the valley
native
Perennial herb

RUSCACEAE

Maianthemum stellatum
2020 Bob Sweatt
Maianthemum stellatum
2020 Jean Anderson
Maianthemum stellatum
2020 Susan McDougall

Oxalis oregana    Redwood sorrel
native
Perennial herb

OXALIDACEAE

Oxalis oregana
2020 Kim Cabrera
Oxalis oregana
2021 Cyril Guyot
Oxalis oregana
2020 Janice Kuch

Polystichum munitum    Western sword fern,  Western swordfern
native
Fern

DRYOPTERIDACEAE

Polystichum munitum
2008 Matt Below
Polystichum munitum
Gerald and Buff Corsi 2007 California Academy of Sciences
Polystichum munitum
2011 Toni Corelli

Prosartes hookeri    Drops of gold
native
Perennial herb

LILIACEAE

Prosartes hookeri
2016 Ray Gill
Prosartes hookeri
2020 Ken Lunders
Prosartes hookeri
2020 Mary Conway

Rhododendron macrophyllum    California rose bay,  Coast rhododendron,  Pacific rhododendron
native
Shrub

ERICACEAE

Rhododendron macrophyllum
2020 Aaron Echols
Rhododendron macrophyllum
2018 John Game
Rhododendron macrophyllum
2011 Zoya Akulova

Rhododendron occidentale    Western azalea
native
Tree, Shrub

ERICACEAE

Rhododendron occidentale
2019 David Greenberger
Rhododendron occidentale
2020 R.A. Chasey
Rhododendron occidentale
2020 Susan McDougall

Ribes sanguineum    Flowering currant,  Red flowering currant,  Redflower currant
native
Shrub

GROSSULARIACEAE

Ribes sanguineum
2020 Hunter Breck
Ribes sanguineum
2018 Michael Kauffmann
Ribes sanguineum
2020 Mary Conway

Rosa gymnocarpa    Dwarf rose,  Wood rose
native
Shrub

ROSACEAE

Rosa gymnocarpa
2007 Jim Battagin
Rosa gymnocarpa
2019 James Gonsman
Rosa gymnocarpa
2017 David popp

Tellima grandiflora    Bigflower tellima,  Fringe cups
native
Perennial herb

SAXIFRAGACEAE

Tellima grandiflora
2016 Todd Ramsden
Tellima grandiflora
2017 Gary Morgret
Tellima grandiflora
2016 Todd Ramsden

native
Perennial herb

SAXIFRAGACEAE

Tolmiea diplomenziesii
2016 Steve Matson
Tolmiea diplomenziesii
2021 Steve Matson
Tolmiea diplomenziesii
2021 Steve Matson

Trillium chloropetalum    Common trillium,  Giant wakerobin,  Trillium
native
Perennial herb

MELANTHIACEAE

Trillium chloropetalum
2020 Bob Sweatt
Trillium chloropetalum
2019 Susan McDougall
Trillium chloropetalum
2020 Bob Sweatt

Trillium ovatum    Pacific trillium,  Wake robin,  Western trillium
native
Perennial herb

MELANTHIACEAE

Trillium ovatum
2020 Trevor Schalla
Trillium ovatum
2018 Blair Pubols
Trillium ovatum
2021 Mikhela Aiken

Vaccinium ovatum    California huckleberry,  Evergreen huckleberry
native
Shrub

ERICACEAE

Vaccinium ovatum
2017 James Gonsman
Vaccinium ovatum
2020 Susan McDougall
Vaccinium ovatum
2020 Kim Cabrera

Viola ocellata    Pinto violet,  Twoeyed violet,  Western heart's ease
native
Perennial herb

VIOLACEAE

Viola ocellata
2020 Amy Rapport
Viola ocellata
2018 Stacie Wolny
Viola ocellata
2018 Stacie Wolny

Viola sempervirens    Evergreen violet,  Redwood violet
native
Perennial herb

VIOLACEAE

Viola sempervirens
2018 Saskia Raether
Viola sempervirens
2019 Julian Geoghegan
Viola sempervirens
2021 Mikhela Aiken

Whipplea modesta    Modesty,  Whipplea,  Whipplevine
native
Vine, Shrub

HYDRANGEACEAE

Whipplea modesta
2004 Steve Matson
Whipplea modesta
2018 Paul Preston and Tim Lukaszewski
Whipplea modesta
2018 Mary Conway