California-Northern Recommended

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Abies concolor
White fir, Balsam fir, Colorado fir, Concolor fir, Silver fir, White balsam, Oyamel de California

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water:

Abies grandis
Giant fir, Grand fir

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Abies magnifica
California red fir, Red fir

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Acer circinatum
Oregon vine maple, Vine maple

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub, Tree
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Acer macrophyllum
Bigleaf maple, Big-leaf maple

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Achillea millefolium
Common yarrow, Western yarrow, Yarrow, Milfoil

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Achnatherum hymenoides
Indian ricegrass, Indian Millet, Sandgrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Adenostoma fasciculatum
Chamise, Common chamise, Greasewood

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Aesculus californica
California buckeye

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Allium unifolium
Oneleaf onion

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Amelanchier alnifolia
Saskatoon serviceberry, Western serviceberry, Juneberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Anemopsis californica
Yerba mansa, Yerba-mansa, Lizard tail

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Antennaria alpina
Alpine everlasting, Alpine pussytoes

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Aquilegia eximia
Van Houtte's columbine, Serpentine columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Aquilegia formosa
Western columbine, Crimson columbine, Scarlet columbine, Red columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Arabis blepharophylla
Rose rockcress

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Arbutus menziesii
Pacific madrone, Oregon laurel, Laurelwood

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Arctostaphylos bakeri
Baker's manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water:

Arctostaphylos canescens
Hoary manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Arctostaphylos columbiana
Hairy manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Arctostaphylos densiflora
Vine Hill manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub, Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water:

Arctostaphylos edmundsii
Little Sur manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Arctostaphylos manzanita
Whiteleaf manzanita, Big manzanita, Manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Arctostaphylos nevadensis
Pinemat manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Arctostaphylos pajaroensis
Pajaro manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water:

Arctostaphylos patula
Greenleaf manzanita, Green-leaf manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Kinnikinnick, Red bearberry, Kinnikinnik

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Aristolochia californica
California dutchman's pipe

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Armeria maritima
Thrift seapink

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Artemisia pycnocephala
Beach sagebrush, Beach wormwood, Sand hill sage

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Artemisia tridentata
Big sagebrush, Great Basin sagebrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Asarum caudatum
British Columbia wild ginger, Long-tail wild ginger

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water: Moist

Asclepias fascicularis
Mexican whorled milkweed, Narrowleaf milkweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Asclepias speciosa
Showy milkweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Athyrium filix-femina
Common lady fern, Subarctic lady fern, Lady fern, Ladyfern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Atriplex lentiformis
Big saltbush, Coastal quail bush, Quailbush, Saltbush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Baileya multiradiata
Desert Marigold, Showy Desert Marigold, Paper Daisy, Desert Baileya

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Balsamorhiza sagittata
Arrowleaf balsamroot, Arrow-leaf balsamroot

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Blechnum spicant
Deer fern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Calocedrus decurrens
Incense cedar, Incense-cedar

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Calycanthus occidentalis
Western sweetshrub, California sweet shrub, Spice bush, Western spicebush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Calystegia occidentalis
Chaparral false bindweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Light:
Water:

Camassia quamash
Small camas, Common camass, Swamp sego

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. cheiranthifolia
Beach evening-primrose, Beach suncup

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Carpenteria californica
Bush anemone, Tree anemone, Tree-anemone

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Ceanothus cordulatus
Mountain whitethorn, Snow bush, Whitethorn ceanothus

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Ceanothus gloriosus var. exaltatus
Point Reyes ceanothus, Glory brush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub, Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water:

Ceanothus gloriosus var. gloriosus
Point Reyes ceanothus, Glory mat

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub, Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Ceanothus impressus
Santa Barbara ceanothus, Santa Barbara buckbrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Ceanothus leucodermis
Chaparral whitethorn, Jackbrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Ceanothus maritimus
Maritime ceanothus, Bluff california lilac

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus
Blueblossom, Bluebrush, Blue blossom

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Ceanothus velutinus
Snowbrush, Snowbrush ceanothus, Tobacco-brush, Mountain balm, Buckbrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Cercis canadensis var. texensis
Texas redbud

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Cercis orbiculata
California redbud, Western redbud, Arizona redbud, Pata de vaca

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light:
Water:

Cercocarpus ledifolius
Curl-leaf mountain mahogany, Curl-leaf mountain-mahogany

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Cercocarpus montanus var. glaber
Smooth mountain mahogany, Birchleaf mountain mahogany, True mountain mahogany, Hard tack

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
Port Orford cedar, Lawson false cypress, Lawson's false cypress

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Chamerion angustifolium ssp. angustifolium
Fireweed, Narrow-leaf fireweed, Willow herb

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Chilopsis linearis
Desert willow, Flowering willow, Willow-leaved catalpa, Willowleaf catalpa, Bow willow, Flor de mimbre, Mimbre

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Chlorogalum pomeridianum
Wavyleaf soap plant, Wavyleaf Soap-plant

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Chrysolepis sempervirens
Bush chinquapin, Sierra chinquapin, Sierran chinkapin

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Clarkia amoena
Farewell to spring, Farewell-to-spring, Herald-of-summer

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Clarkia concinna
Red ribbons, Redribbons

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Clarkia rubicunda
Ruby chalice clarkia

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Clarkia speciosa
Redspot clarkia

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Clarkia unguiculata
Elegant clarkia, Elegant fairyfan, Mountain garland

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Claytonia sibirica
Siberian springbeauty, Siberian miners lettuce

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water: Moist

Clematis lasiantha
Pipestem clematis, Pipestems, Chaparral clematis

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Clematis ligusticifolia
Western white clematis, Virgin's bower, Pepper vine, Hierba de chivo

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Clinopodium douglasii
Oregon-tea, Yerba buena

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Collinsia grandiflora