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Monday - July 26, 2010

From: Fawnskin, CA
Region: California
Topic: Planting, Herbs/Forbs
Title: Perennials for mountain cabin in Southern California
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

We have a mountain cabin at 7,000ft elevation in S. California. Please recommend native perennials. Thanks.

ANSWER:

Here are some perennial plants native to the mountains of Southern California suitable for landscaping your cabin.  On the species page be sure to check the GROWING CONDITIONS to be sure that they are suitable to your site.

Aquilegia formosa (western columbine)

Balsamorhiza sagittata (arrowleaf balsamroot)

Castilleja linariifolia (Wyoming Indian paintbrush)

Collomia grandiflora (grand collomia)

Delphinium glaucum (Sierra larkspur)

Epilobium obcordatum (rockfringe)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache plume)

Lupinus polyphyllus (bigleaf lupine)

Mimulus primuloides (primrose monkeyflower)

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Aquilegia formosa

Balsamorhiza sagittata

Castilleja linariifolia

Collomia grandiflora

Delphinium glaucum

Epilobium obcordatum

Fallugia paradoxa

Lupinus polyphyllus

Mimulus primuloides

 

 

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