logo Calflora  Illustrated Plant List 

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
Cynoglossum grande    Hound's tongue,  Western houndstongue,  Adelinia
native
Perennial herb

BORAGINACEAE

Cynoglossum grande
2022 David Strauch
Cynoglossum grande
2007 Steve Matson
Cynoglossum grande
2021 Dee Shea Himes

Aquilegia formosa    Crimson columbine,  Sitka columbine,  Western columbine
native
Perennial herb

RANUNCULACEAE

Aquilegia formosa
2022 Charles Russell
Aquilegia formosa
2019 Diane Etchison
Aquilegia formosa
2022 David Strauch

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

ARISTOLOCHIACEAE

Asarum caudatum
2023 Dana York
Asarum caudatum
2022 Jamie Spielmann
Asarum caudatum
2016 Richard Chasey

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

LILIACEAE

Calochortus albus
2019 David Greenberger
Calochortus albus
2019 Cynthia Powell
Calochortus albus
2009 Bob Case

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

LILIACEAE

Calochortus tolmiei
2020 Steve Conger
Calochortus tolmiei
2022 Jamie Spielmann
Calochortus tolmiei
2020 Mary Ann Machi

Cardamine californica    California toothwort,  milkmaids
native
Perennial herb

BRASSICACEAE

Cardamine californica
2020 Barbara Peck
Cardamine californica
2019 Ron Vanderhoff
Cardamine californica
2019 Ron Vanderhoff

Carex obnupta    Coast carex,  Slough sedge
native
Perennial grasslike herb

CYPERACEAE

Carex obnupta
2017 Steve Matson
Carex obnupta
2017 Steve Matson
Carex obnupta
2017 Steve Matson

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

LILIACEAE

Clintonia andrewsiana
2022 Suzanne L. Weakley
Clintonia andrewsiana
2020 Eliezer Margolis
Clintonia andrewsiana
2013 Paul Preston

Corylus cornuta    Beaked hazelnut
native
Shrub

BETULACEAE

Corylus cornuta
2017 Steve Matson
Corylus cornuta
2017 Steve Matson
Corylus cornuta
2016 Steve Matson

Dicentra formosa    Pacific bleeding heart,  Pacific bleedinghearts
native
Perennial herb

PAPAVERACEAE

Dicentra formosa
2005 Steve Matson
Dicentra formosa
2005 Steve Matson
Dicentra formosa
2005 Steve Matson

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

DRYOPTERIDACEAE

Dryopteris arguta
2018 James Gonsman
Dryopteris arguta
2019 Rebecca Crowe
Dryopteris arguta
2023 Julia Markey

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

LILIACEAE

Fritillaria affinis
2008 Steve Matson
Fritillaria affinis
2008 Steve Matson
Fritillaria affinis
2008 Steve Matson

Gaultheria shallon    Salal
native
Shrub

ERICACEAE

Gaultheria shallon
2016 Steve Matson
Gaultheria shallon
2016 Steve Matson
Gaultheria shallon
2016 Steve Matson

Heuchera micrantha    Alum root,  Crevice alumroot
native
Perennial herb

SAXIFRAGACEAE

Heuchera micrantha
2008 Steve Matson
Heuchera micrantha
2008 Steve Matson
Heuchera micrantha
2008 Steve Matson

Iris douglasiana    Douglas iris,  Douglas' iris
native
Perennial herb

IRIDACEAE

Iris douglasiana
2020 Susan McDougall
Iris douglasiana
2019 Patrick Furtado
Iris douglasiana
2022 Suzanne L. Weakley

Iris fernaldii    Fernald's iris
native
Perennial herb

IRIDACEAE

Iris fernaldii
2021 Sue Graue
Iris fernaldii
2020 Julia Gardner Harencar
Iris fernaldii
2020 Susan McDougall

Lysimachia latifolia    Pacific starflower
native
Perennial herb

MYRSINACEAE

Lysimachia latifolia
2008 Steve Matson
Lysimachia latifolia
2016 Steve Matson
Lysimachia latifolia
2008 Steve Matson

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
2022 Dee Shea Himes

Maianthemum racemosum    Feathery false lily of the valley
native
Perennial herb

RUSCACEAE

Maianthemum racemosum
2020 Bob Sweatt
Maianthemum racemosum
2018 Steve Matson
Maianthemum racemosum
2019 Cynthia Powell

Maianthemum stellatum    Starry false lily of the valley
native
Perennial herb

RUSCACEAE

Maianthemum stellatum
2021 Cyril Guyot
Maianthemum stellatum
2003 Steve Matson
Maianthemum stellatum
2020 Susan McDougall

Oxalis oregana    Redwood sorrel
native
Perennial herb

OXALIDACEAE

Oxalis oregana
2021 Caitlyn Allchin
Oxalis oregana
2021 Steve Matson
Oxalis oregana
2021 Steve Matson

Polystichum munitum    Western sword fern,  Western swordfern
native
Fern

DRYOPTERIDACEAE

Polystichum munitum
2021 Julie A. Kierstead
Polystichum munitum
2022 Jerry Murray
Polystichum munitum
2011 Toni Corelli

Prosartes hookeri    Drops of gold
native
Perennial herb

LILIACEAE

Prosartes hookeri
2021 Norma Solarz
Prosartes hookeri
2021 Cara Wilcox
Prosartes hookeri
2019 Stacie Wolny

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

ERICACEAE

Rhododendron macrophyllum
2017 Steve Matson
Rhododendron macrophyllum
2020 Aaron Echols
Rhododendron macrophyllum
2017 Steve Matson

Rhododendron occidentale    Western azalea
native
Tree, Shrub

ERICACEAE

Rhododendron occidentale
2019 David Greenberger
Rhododendron occidentale
2015 Steve Matson
Rhododendron occidentale
2020 Julie A. Kierstead

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,  Baldhip rose
native
Shrub

ROSACEAE

Rosa gymnocarpa
2012 Michael Mitchell
Rosa gymnocarpa
2012 Michael Mitchell
Rosa gymnocarpa
2017 David popp

Tellima grandiflora    Bigflower tellima,  Fringe cups
native
Perennial herb

SAXIFRAGACEAE

Tellima grandiflora
2017 Steve Matson
Tellima grandiflora
2017 Steve Matson
Tellima grandiflora
2016 Steve Matson

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
2019 Susan McDougall
Trillium chloropetalum
2020 R.A. Chasey
Trillium chloropetalum
2020 Nelson Wilhite

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

MELANTHIACEAE

Trillium ovatum
2017 Steve Matson
Trillium ovatum
2017 Steve Matson
Trillium ovatum
2017 Steve Matson

Vaccinium ovatum    California huckleberry,  Evergreen huckleberry
native
Shrub

ERICACEAE

Vaccinium ovatum
2017 Steve Matson
Vaccinium ovatum
2017 Steve Matson
Vaccinium ovatum
2017 Steve Matson

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

VIOLACEAE

Viola ocellata
2020 Amy Rapport
Viola ocellata
2008 Steve Matson
Viola ocellata
2018 Stacie Wolny

Viola sempervirens    Evergreen violet,  Redwood violet
native
Perennial herb

VIOLACEAE

Viola sempervirens
2021 Steve Matson
Viola sempervirens
2021 Steve Matson
Viola sempervirens
2021 Steve Matson

Whipplea modesta    Modesty,  Whipplea,  Whipplevine
native
Vine, Shrub

HYDRANGEACEAE

Whipplea modesta
2004 Steve Matson
Whipplea modesta
2018 Paul Preston and Tim Lukaszewski
Whipplea modesta
2014 James Gonsman