U.C. Davis Arboretum All Star list for Sun

UC Davis Arboretum has done a great deal of research on what water-wise plants are the easiest to grow in gardens across the state. They came up with their "All Stars" list of plants by working with Master Gardeners across the state, and getting feedback on what thrived and what didn't. Here is a list of just the California Natives that they recommend for full sun. Their web site has many other non-native water-wise plants that they recommend, there is a link below to the search tool for that database, or you can find a page describing their "All Stars" here.

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Click for more information Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’ - Vine Hill manzanita California native plant; known for its smooth, wine-red bark; one of the few manzanitas that tolerates our clay-loam soils; attracts hummingbirds and beneficial insects.More Details

Click for more information Bouteloua gracilis - blue grama grass California native plant; green flowers age to tan by the end of the summer; retains tidy, upright shape even when dormant.More Details

Click for more information Ceanothus ‘Concha’ - concha ceanothus California native plant; one of the best California lilacs for the garden with dark-green leaves all year; showy, deep blue flowers with reddish bracts bloom in spring; attracts beneficial insects.More Details

Click for more information Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ - Ray Hartman California lilac California native plant; one of the best ceanothus cultivars for gardens because it can tolerate some summer irrigation; makes a good screen or small garden tree.More Details

Click for more information Ceanothus maritimus ‘Valley Violet’ - valley violet maritime ceanothus California native plant; best small ceanothus for Central Valley gardens; clusters of dark-violet flowers bloom in spring; attracts beneficial insects.More Details

Click for more information Cercis occidentalis - western redbud California native plant; early spring bloom before leaves appear; attractive reddish seed pods in summer; new stems, cut in winter, are used to add color to Native American baskets; attracts beneficial insects.More Details

Click for more information Cercocarpus betuloides var. blancheae - island mountain mahogany California native plant; thrives in full sun and dry soil; tiny flowers attract pollinating insects; seed pods are curly and fuzzy.More Details

Click for more information Epilobium canum - California fuchsia California native plant; easy to grow and tolerates heat and drought; different varieties can have narrow or broad leaves that range from silver to bright green.More Details

Click for more information Erigeron karvinskianus - Santa Barbara daisy California native plant; flowers bloom through the spring, summer, and fall; long-blooming daisy for Central Valley gardens; attracts butterflies and beneficial insects.More Details

Click for more information Eriogonum giganteum - Saint Catherine’s lace California native plant; large clusters of white flowers appear in summer and attract beneficial insects; fast growing and quickly develops into a large, rounded shrub with woolly, whitish-gray foliage.More Details

Click for more information Isomeris arborea - bladderpod California native plant; one of the only native shrubs that blooms year round; yellow flowers attract beneficial insects and hummingbirds to the garden and then develop into attractive seed pods.More Details

Click for more information Lessingia filaginifolia var. californica ‘Silver Carpet’ - silver carpet California-aster California native plant; light-purple flowers attract butterflies and other beneficial insects; looks good spilling over low walls or down steps.More Details

Click for more information Muhlenbergia rigens - deergrass California native plant; makes a low informal screen; needs almost no maintenance; remove old leaves at any time; adds texture and movement to the garden.More Details

Click for more information Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita B.O.P.’ - Santa Margarita foothill penstemon California native plant; flowers are golden yellow as buds, bright blue as blooms, then change to purple pink; unlike many penstemons, it thrives in garden conditions.More Details

Click for more information Quercus lobata - valley oak California native plant; provides shelter and food for many native insects and other animals; tolerates high heat, drought, and alkaline soil; provides refreshing summer shade; attracts beneficial insects and birds.More Details

Click for more information Ribes aureum - golden currant California native plant; flowers have a light, spicy fragrance; good choice for planting under native oaks; attracts butterflies and beneficial insects.More Details

Click for more information Salvia apiana - California white sage California native plant; spring flowers attract pollinating bees; leaves contain fragrant oils.More Details

Click for more information Salvia clevelandii ‘Winnifred Gilman’ - Winnifred Gilman Cleveland sage California native plant; evergreen shrub produces maroon-stemmed, blue-violet flowers; heat and drought tolerant; attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects.More Details

Click for more information Salvia spathacea - hummingbird sage California native plant; leaves have a pleasant, fruity fragrance; excellent drought-tolerant groundcover for sun or partial shade; attracts hummingbirds.More Details

Click for more information Solidago californica ‘Cascade Creek’ - Cascade Creek California goldenrod California native plant; bears bright yellow flowers in summer and fall that attract butterflies and beneficial insects; ideal for native grass meadow.More Details

Click for more information Viguiera parishii - desert goldeneye California native plant; golden daisies blossom from early spring until mid-fall among triangular-shaped green leaves; tolerates full sun or part shade and is low maintenance.More Details


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