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Native Plant Spotlight: Cercis occidentalis

Western redbud, Cercis occidentalis, is a small deciduous tree in the Fabaceae (Legume) family. Cercis derives from the Greek word kerkis, or “weaver’s shuttle” --a reference to the characteristic flat seed pods that appear after bloom.   Though springtime is the...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’

  Chilopsis linearis, more commonly called Desert Willow, is a wonderful ornamental addition to sunny garden spaces. This month’s featured cultivar, ‘Bubba’, owes its tongue-in-cheek name to a high-powered growth habit. A 30-foot spread and enormous flowers set...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Heuchera (Coral bells)

  Heuchera (HEW-ker-ah), are a genus of native North American perennials. Although there are over 50 species, the common name, coral bells, is traced to the familiar red flowers of species Heuchera sanguinea. Alumroot is another common name, referring to roots'...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Lantana

Lantana earns a top spot on our list of low-maintenance ornamental flowers. An abundance of colorful blossoms attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Heat tolerance is significant -- as a matter of fact, the hotter it is, the more prolifically they bloom! Low water...

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Native Plant Spotlight: Tecoma (Esperanza)

Tecoma (Esperanza) is commonly known as trumpet flower or trumpetbush. The generic name is derived from the Aztec word tecomaxochitl, a descriptor of plants with tubular flowers. Tecoma hybrids find versatile use in many present-day California gardens. The showy...

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