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Common name: Bitsy Daylily
Botanical name: Hemerocallis 'Bitsy'
This dependable perennial has thin, strap-like, grass-like leaves reaching 12"-18" tall. Bright yellow flowers, resembling lilies, are high above the foliage, making the overall height of this plant at 24" tall. Blooms appear in spring through fall, thus making this Hemerocallis variety very popular. It needs regular watering and more during hot summer months. It prefers full sun or light shade and will tolerate seaside conditions.
Common name: Cedros Island Verbena
Botanical name: Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina'
This attractive perennial quickly reaches 2'-3' tall and 4' wide. Foliage is bright green, dissected and fern-looking. During spring and summer, thin stalks rise above foliage, ending with fragrant, 1" diameter, lavender blue clusters of flowers, attracting bees and butterflies. This mound shaped plant prefers full to part sun. It is drought tolerant once it's established but will do better with occasional water during hot summer months.
Common name: California Wild Grape
Botanical name: Vitis californica
The California Wild Grape is a woody deciduous vine with round large leaves. Small fragrant blooms appear in spring and berry clusters appear in the summer. This vine has sprawling , climbing growth habit. The California Wild grape is native to CA. It prefers full sun and well draining soil with regular watering.
Common name: Monterey Cypress
Botanical name: Cupressus macrocarpa
Standing 40' tall and wide, bright green foliage highlights this tree. Ideal for planting on golf courses or near the coast, the Monterey Cypress spreads with age to shed its narrow and pyramidal structure of youth. The wind will shape the tree. It grows best in coastal habitats where it is not exposed to extreme heat or humidity. It does best in full sun with acidic, sandy, loam, clay soil that is well draining. It is drought tolerant once it's established. Also known as Hesperocyparis macrocarpa
Common name: New Zealand Flax
Botanical name: Phormium tenax
New Zealand Flax is a large, bold plant with stiffly vertical, sword-like, green leaves that arise from its base. It should be grown under full sun for best color. Varieties will offer different growth habits and leaf color.
Common name: Stella de Oro Daylily
Botanical name: Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro'
The most popular daylily around has 2.5" diameter, sunny yellow blooms that appear during summer. This perennial may reach an overall height of 2.5' tall. Encourage more blooming by removing spent flowers; this daylily may rest and rebloom up to 4 times, depending on conditions. Foliage is deciduous and attractive. New leaves appear in spring. This plant does best in areas with cool winters. It does not do well in coastal Southern California or Florida. It tolerates full sun but will appreciate afternoon shade in warm, inland areas. It does best with regular watering and more during hot spells. Established plants need only occasional watering. 'Stella de Oro' prefers well draining soil and a thick layer of mulch around the plants.