Here is a very old photo, circa 1979, of Helianthus gracilentus, Slender Sunflower, a very short-lived perennial sunflower.

Here is a very old photo, circa 1979, of Helianthus gracilentus, Slender Sunflower, a very short-lived perennial sunflower.

Christmas berry or Toyon with berries is what Hollywood was named after. Toyon will grow in most of Los Angeles with no water after first year.

Christmas berry or Toyon with berries is what Hollywood was named after. Toyon will grow in most of Los Angeles with no water after first year.

Great native flowers: Apricot mallow  The following natives are sun lovers except where noted. Shop for them at nurseries or California native plant specialists such as Las Pilitas Nursery in Escondido (760/749-5930; Web orders).    Apricot mallow ( Sphaeralcea ambigua).
Downy stems bear flowers in summer. Grows 3 to 4 feet tall.

Great native flowers: Apricot mallow The following natives are sun lovers except where noted. Shop for them at nurseries or California native plant specialists such as Las Pilitas Nursery in Escondido (760/749-5930; Web orders). Apricot mallow ( Sphaeralcea ambigua).
Downy stems bear flowers in summer. Grows 3 to 4 feet tall.

Ribes sanguineum glutinosum, Pink-Flowered Currant with fall leaf color - part shade

Ribes sanguineum glutinosum, Pink-Flowered Currant with fall leaf color - part shade

Ribes aureum gracillimum, Golden Currant has reddish yellow flowers.  Native to Southern California.  Great for attracting birds.  The fruit is edible (has a large seed though).

Ribes aureum gracillimum, Golden Currant has reddish yellow flowers. Native to Southern California. Great for attracting birds. The fruit is edible (has a large seed though).

Senecio douglasii,  Butterweed overlooking the nursery. good for slope stabilization

Senecio douglasii, Butterweed overlooking the nursery. good for slope stabilization

Deinandra fasiculata	Fasicled tarplant  annual herb in the Asteraceae (Sunflower)  Grows in southern/central CA. Tends to grow in grasslands, woodlands & coastal sage scrub at elevations from sea level to about 4,000 feet. Long blooming season makes it a dependable source of color in wildflower gardens. The composite flowers have 5 ray flowers and six disk flowers.

Deinandra fasiculata Fasicled tarplant annual herb in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) Grows in southern/central CA. Tends to grow in grasslands, woodlands & coastal sage scrub at elevations from sea level to about 4,000 feet. Long blooming season makes it a dependable source of color in wildflower gardens. The composite flowers have 5 ray flowers and six disk flowers.

One of California’s most admired native annuals, Mentzelia lindleyi, smells good, to 3' tall, tolerates drought, heat, wind, and low fertility.  Also tolerates the garden bed.  Deer resistant.  Doesn't mention reseeding.  Annies Annuals

One of California’s most admired native annuals, Mentzelia lindleyi, smells good, to 3' tall, tolerates drought, heat, wind, and low fertility. Also tolerates the garden bed. Deer resistant. Doesn't mention reseeding. Annies Annuals

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