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Cabrillo College Horticulture Department
California Poppy, Golden Poppy
Buffalo Grass
Strawberry Madrone, Marina Strawber
Hummingbird Sage, Pitcher Sage
Common Blue Fescue, Blue Fescuegras
Globe Gilia
California Poppy, Golden Poppy

Common name:California Poppy, Golden Poppy
Botanical name:Eschscholzia californica

This small annual (sometimes acts as a perennial) plant will grow to less than 1' tall and has light, small blue/green leaves with gold and orange flowers that bloom in spring and summer.

Buffalo Grass

Common name:Buffalo Grass
Botanical name:Buchloe dactyloides

Native American grass, can make a low water lawn, little maintenance needed. Slow to establish, a little summer water can look quite nice. Winter brown. Full Sun. Only grows 4-8". Early green up in spring. Soft textured. This perennial shortgrass grows 2-5" high and 6-12' wide. The rouded, hollow stems have gray/green curly leaves that are 1/10" wide and 2" long. This grass is very drought-resistant and turns tan in winter and lavender in autumn.

Strawberry Madrone, Marina Strawber

Common name:Strawberry Madrone, Marina Strawber
Botanical name:Arbutus 'Marina'

The 'Marina' has gorgeous bark, with leaves that are smaller and not as glossy as Pacific Madrone. Its flowers are pink, borne in pendant clusters in the summer. The fruit is large, red and quite ornamental. The plant should be grown in sun to part shade, with little or no summer watering when established. The 'Marina' prefers good drainage. -Monterey Bay Nursery

Hummingbird Sage, Pitcher Sage

Common name:Hummingbird Sage, Pitcher Sage
Botanical name:Salvia spathacea

The extravagant leaves of this small clumping sage emit a perfectly sweet fragrance, which attracts hummingbirds. In the spring, the red/pink flowering spikes become a deep fuchsia. It is a great plant for dry shade.

Common Blue Fescue, Blue Fescuegras

Common name:Common Blue Fescue, Blue Fescuegras
Botanical name:Festuca glauca

This groundcover/grass will grow less than 1' tall and has small, blue-green leaves.

Globe Gilia

Common name:Globe Gilia
Botanical name:Gilia capitata

Globe Gilia is an annual. Grows 8-30 in. tall, to 8 in. wide. Pale blue to violet-blue flowers with blue pollen are carried in dense, 1/2 -1.5 in. wide clusters that look like pincushions. Generally blooms in spring through summer.

Designer: 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Cabrillo College Horticulture Department

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.