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     by Arvind Kumar and Ashok Jethanandani

A partial list of native plants that grow well in our San Jose garden with a minimum of fuss
 
Common Name Scientific Name Exposure Water Flower
Wildflowers
California Poppy Eschscholzia californica Sun   Orange
Elegant Clarkia Clarkia unguiculata Sun   Magenta
Ruby Chalice Clarkia Clarkia rubicunda Sun   Pink
Farewell to Spring Clarkia amoena Sun   Pink
Seep Monkey Flower Mimulus guttatus Sun Moist Yellow
Common Madia Madia elegans Sun   Yellow
Miner's Lettuce Claytonia perfoliata Shade   Insignificant
 
Perennials
Yarrow Achillea millefolium Sun   White
California Fuchsia Epilobium canum canum Sun   Red
Mugwort Artemisia douglasiana Shade   None
Hummingbird Sage Salvia spathacea Shade   Pink
Columbine Aquilegia formosa Shade   Red
Checkerbloom Sidalcea malvaeflora Sun   Pink
Mountain Iris Iris douglasiana Sun   Purple
Gumplant Grindelia camporum Sun   Yellow
Coyote Mint Monardella villosa Sun   Purple
 
Bulbs
Fremont's Star Lily Zygadenus fremontii Sun   White
Stream Orchid Epipactis gigantea Shade Moist Green
 
Shrubs
Purple Sage Salvia leucophylla Sun   Lavendar
Black Sage Salvia mellifera Sun   White
Wild Buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum Sun   White
Toyon Heteromeles arbutifolia Sun   Red berries
Blue Witch Solanum umbelliferum Sun   Purple
Sticky Monkey Flower Mimulus aurantiacus Sun   Orange
 
Ground Cover
Dwarf Coyote Bush Baccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point' Sun   White
Bee's Bliss Sage Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' Sun   Lavendar
 
Grasses
California Fescue Festuca californica Shade    
 
Vines
California Grape Vitis californica Sun    
Virgin's Bower Clematis ligusticifolia Shade   White
 
Trees
Blue Elderberry Sambucus mexicana Sun   Cream
Hollyleaf Cherry Prunus ilicifolia Sun    
Valley Oak Quercus lobata Sun    
Coast Live Oak Quercus agrifolia Sun    
Oregon Grape Berberis aquifolium Sun   Yellow


Sources

Natives are hard to find at regular nurseries, although it never hurts to ask.
Most of our seeds and plants came from:

Larner Seeds, Bolinas:  www.larnerseeds.com
Yerba Buena Nursery, Woodside:  www.yerbabuenanursery.com
Native Revival Nursery, Aptos:  www.nativerevival.com
Rana Creek Nursery, Carmel Valley:  www.ranacreek.com
Sally Casey, California Native Plant Society/Gardening With Natives, San Jose:  www.cnps-scv.com