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Erigeron glaucus

Erigeron glaucus

J20170420-0159—Iris douglasiana—RPBG by John Rusk is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Iris douglasania (Douglas Iris)

Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' by Eric Hunt. is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Leucadendron Safari Sunset

Erigeron glaucus
Plants You Need    | Sustainable Gardening

Plant Family

Genus

Species

Erigeron glaucus

Water Use

Once established, low to moderate depending upon conditions. May look sad during hot spells, but typically rebounds when rain or cooler temperatures return.

Conditions When It Thrives

Full sun, most soils. Requires good drainage.

Ecosystem Services

Supports multiple bees and butterflies.

Native To

California

Geographic Range

USDA Zones 4-9 Occurs in coastal bluffs and scrub below 500 feet from Santa Barbara County north to Oregon.

Availability

The species is carried by many nurseries, or erigeron can be grown from seed. Cultivars are also available.

Height & Habit

Up to 1’ tall and 2’ wide, trailing habit.

Special Features

Attractive to bees and hosts several butterflies and moths.
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Also called fleabane, and seaside Daisy. “Glaucus” refers to the silvery-gray foliage, a common coastal plant adaptation.

Why They Love It

This long-blooming California native makes a great airy front-of-the border presence that delights humans as much as the many bees it attracts.

Seasonal Appearance/Dormancy

Blooms spring through summer with deadheading. Blue-green foliage is evergreen in winter but may go dormant in the heat of summer. Flower color can vary from lavender and blues to pinks or white that surrounds a central yellow-green disk.

Advice

Life span is typically two to seven years. Given bare ground and tending around original plants, erigeron can self-sow. Otherwise they will need replacing. They can be grown from seed and the seeds do not need any treatments.Cut back if foliage becomes lanky.
Iris douglasania (Douglas Iris)
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Plant Family

Genus

Species

Iris douglasania (Douglas Iris)

Water Use

Low to moderate water use once established – prefers moist, cool conditions

Conditions When It Thrives

partial shade, moist, rich soils from sea level to about 3000 (typically below 350 feet in sun along the coast.

Ecosystem Services

Bumble bees love them.

Native To

Coastal regions of Central and Northern California and Southern Oregon

Geographic Range

USDA Zones 4-9

Availability

Can be found in many nurseries carrying native plants.

Height & Habit

Up to 2’ x 3’, fountain-shaped habit.

Special Features

Reported to be unpalatable to deer.
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Native Californians plied cordage from the leaves, which they then used to make fishing nets, snares, and bags, some of which lasted as long as a hundred years.

Why They Love It

Flores says this is one of the sturdiest irises you can plant in the garden.

Seasonal Appearance/Dormancy

Evergreen foliage, spring blooms range from white to blue, lavender, and deep purple.

Advice

The best time to divide or transplant this iris is when white external roots start to form and after the first spring rains. Great in mixed borders, woodland or meadow gardens, this iris can also make a nice groundcover and do well underneath oaks.
Leucadendron Safari Sunset
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Plant Family

Genus

Species

Leucadendron Safari Sunset

Water Use

Low to moderate water use once established

Conditions When It Thrives

partial to full shade, moist, rich soils from sea level to about 3000 feet.

Ecosystem Services

Native To

South Africa

Geographic Range

USDA Zones 9-11

Availability

Can be found online

Height & Habit

Up to 6’ x 8’, can be pruned for hedging

Special Features

‘Safari Sunset’ won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Merit and is beloved by florists for its straight stems and knockout red bracts.
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Why They Love It

This drought-loving plant shows off in its red foliage and contrasting bracts.

Seasonal Appearance/Dormancy

Evergreen

Advice

Can be used as a specimen shrub or as a hedge. Like other members of Proteaceae family avoid high-phosphorus fertilizer.