Plant of the Month – October

Desert Wild Grape Vitis girdiana Plant Form: Deciduous vine Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 10-30 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Southern California, California Channel Islands Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Desert Wild Grape is a fast-growing, deciduous vine that produces small but edible black grapes for birds and people. The silvery-green foliage turns color and drops in winter, but the persistent tendrils remain […]

Plant of the Month – January 2014

Brittlebush Encelia farinosa   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 3’ tall x 4’ wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Winter to Spring (November – May) and after rain Native to: High & Low Deserts of California (below 3,000 feet), Arizona, Utah, Baja, and Mexico Hardiness: Limbs cold hardy to 25°F; Roots hardy to 15°F   Brittlebush is a fast-growing, aromatic, rounded shrub with bright yellow flowers that contrast beautifully with its large, gray leaves. Its […]