Rubbery Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa, formerly Chrysothamnus nauseosus) This plant isn’t native to the Sacramento Valley, but it’s quite abundant in harsh, cold desert mountains with gravelly soils all over the state. These photos were taken in Lebec, but there’s a lot of this plant in the Sierras. If anyone is growing this around Sacramento –…
Pozo Blue Hybrid Musk Sage (Salvia ‘Pozo Blue’). Evergreen shrub. Hummingbirds and carpenter bees love these plants. The hummingbirds arrive early in the morning before the bees are up, then move on to other flowers during the day. The foliage is as the name suggests – pungent. Water very sparingly in summer, if at all. These…
Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica). Evergreen shrub.
Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron sp.). Evergreen shrub. These plants need lots of room and no water in summer. Too much water promotes too-fast growth and shortens the plant’s lifespan. Wear gloves to protect yourself from itchy stellate hairs on the leaves.
Ceanothus ‘Concha’. Evergreen shrub. Longer lived with little or no summer water. Slow growing, but it will eventually get fairly large, so give it room.
Dark Star Ceanothus (Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’) Attracts bees. Compact, slow-growing shrub to about 5′ x 5′.
Buckbrush (Ceanothus cuneatus). Evergreen shrub. Fragrant flowers, most impressive when backlit. Fragrant, too. Very drought tolerant.