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Good California Plants for Containers

Presentation by Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds

Acer circinatum Vine Maple
Acer glabrum var. torreyi Torrey's Mountain Maple
Adiantum aleuticum five fingered fern x
Agave shawii Shaw’s Agave
Very large container! 4' x 3' doing
Arctostaphylos glauca Bigberry Manzanita great at 7 years.
Arctostaphylos 'Greensphere' Greensphere Manzanita
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 'Myrtle
Wolf' Myrtle Wolf Pajaro Manzanita
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis Warren Roberts Pajaro
'Warren Roberts' Manzanita
Arctostaphylos 'Pennies from Pennies from Heaven
Heaven' Manzanita
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Tom's
Point' Tom's Point Kinnickkinnick Wonderful in containers!
Armeria maritima Sea Thrift x
Canyon Gray California
Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray' Coastal Sage great spiller.
Asarum caudatum Wild Ginger Excellent
Asarum marmoratum Marbled Wild-ginger Gorgeous, but available??
Aspidotis californica California Lace Fern x
Stays smaller in a med pot, but gets
Athyrium felix-femina Lady Fern large in a large pot. Must stay moist! x
Berberis aquifolium California Barberry Gorgeous fall color
Gorgeous berries in mid-to-late
Berberis fremontii Fremont Barberry summer thru fall.
Very beautiful, but can be tricky. Use
Berberis repens Creeping Barberry large pots. x
Betula glandulosa Dwarf Birch Excellent
Betula occidentalis Water Birch gets large quickly
Blechnum spicant Deerfern x
Boykinia major Large Boykinia x
Boykinia occidentalis Coastal Brookfoam x
Brodiaea elegans Harvest Brodiaea x
MUST protect from cold and wet
Bursera microphylla Elephant Tree feet!
Cactus species - all kinds. protect from cold and wet feet! x
Calliandra species Fairydusters
Calocedrus decurrens Incense Cedar fragrant
Calyptridium sp. Pussy Toes Difficult to find. X
many of the smaller ones work w/
Carex species Sedges slow drainage. x
Dwarf forms available, but hard to
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Port Orford Cedar find.
Cheilanthes covilleii Coville's Lipfern x
Wonderful in containers - slow
Chilopsis linearis Desert Willow grower and very showy flowers.
Cornus canadensis Bunchberry x
Cornus glabrata Smooth Dogwood fantastic summer/fall color.
Cornus nuttallii Pacific Dogwood
Cornus sessilis Blackfruit Dogwood interesting summer/fall color.
Corylus cornuta var. californica California Hazelnut Large container.
Darmera peltata Indian Rhubarb should stay moist. x
Dichelostemma capitatum Blue Dicks x
Dichelostemma ida-maia Firecracker Flower x
Dichelostemma volubile Twining Brodiaea x
Dryopteris arguta Coastal Wood Fern x
Dryopteris filix-mas Male Fern x
Dudleya caespitosa Coastal Live-for-ever x
Dudleya cymosa Canyon Live-for-ever x
Dudleya edulis Ladies Fingers x
Dudleya farinosa Chalk Dudleya
Dudleya hasseii Hasse's Live-for-ever
Echinocereus coccineus Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus protect from cold and wet feet!
Echinocereus engelmannii Engelmann Hedgehog protect from cold and wet feet!
all of them work well. I prefer
Epilobium species - Zauschnerias California Fuschias septentriole in containers x
Epipactis gigantea Stream Orchid x
Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine Common Scouring Rush
Equisetum telmateia ssp. braunii Giant Horsetail x
Erigeron glauca 'Seabreeze' and
'Olga' Coastal Daisy cultivars
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens Coastal Rose Buckwheat
Eriogonum ovalifolium Cushion Buckwheat Another personal favorite.
Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. Personal favorite - great fall/winter
pyrolifolium Shasta Buckwheat foliage color.
Eriogonum umbellatum 'Shasta
Sulfur' Shasta Sulfur Buckwheat x
Eriogonum wrightii Bastardsage x
Ferocactus cylindraceus Barrel Cactus protect from cold and wet feet!
Forestiera pubescens Desert Olive
Fragaria chilensis Beach Strawberry Good spiller
Fragaria vesca Wood Strawberry Good spiller
Fragaria virginiana Mountain Strawberry Good spiller
Hesperoyucca whippleii Our Lord's Candle DANGEROUS SPINES!
Heteromeles arbutifolia Toyon
Heuchera maxima Giant Alumroot x
Heuchera micrantha Coastal Alumroot x
Heuchera species - all Alumroots x
Heuchera 'Wendy' Alumroot 'Wendy'
Juniperus communis var. jackii Prostrate Common Juniper A favorite.
Juniperus scopulorum Rocky Mountain Juniper
Leptodactylon californicum Prickly Phlox x
Lewisia cantelovii Cantelow's Lewisia Dry in summer.
Lewisia columbiana Columbia Lewisia
Lewisia congdonii Congdon's Bitterroot
Lewisia cotyledon Cliffmaids Many selections.
Lewisia leana Quill-leaf Lewisia Dry in summer.
Lewisia longipetala Truckee Lewisia Dry in summer.
Difficult to keep alive. Needs
Lewisia rediviva Bitterroot absolute dry in summer.
Mammillaria species Fish Hook Cacti protect from cold and wet feet!
Marsilea vestita Waterclover x

Great flowers - long season -

Monardella macrantha Hummingbird Monardella particularly 'marian sampson' x
Opuntia species Chollas DANGEROUS SPINES!
Opuntia species Prickly Pears and Chollas protect from cold and wet feet!
Oxalis oregana Redwood Sorrel Excellent x
Pacific Coast Hybrid Irises x
Paxistima myrsinites Oregon Boxwood Takes to topiary.
Pellaea andromedifolia Coffee Fern Easy. Grows Fast. x
I want to try this, but haven't found it
Pellaea bridgesii Bridge's Cliffbrake for sale yet. x
Pellaea mucronata Bird's Foot Fern x
Penstemon species - all the
smaller ones x
I want to try this, but haven't found it
Pentagramma pallida Silver Back Fern for sale yet. x
Pentagramma triangularis Goldback Fern Use lime. x
Phlox adsurgens Woodland Phlox
Pickeringia montana Chaparral Pea
Many of these make great bonsai
Pinus species Pines subjects.
Polypodium californica California Polypody Deciduous. x
Polypodium calirhiza Nested Polypody Fern Deciduous. x
Polypodium glycyrrhiza Licorice Fern x
Extremely slow to propagate and
Polypodium scouleri Leather-leaf Fern grow. x
Polystichum dudleyi Dudley's Sword Fern
Nice size and works well, but
Polystichum imbricans Imbricate Sword Fern extremely hard to find in the trade. x
Polystichum lonchitis Northern Holly Fern
Polystichum munitum California Sword Fern
Pteridium aquilinum var. Mixed results. Looks great for one
pubescens Bracken Fern year at least.
This definitely deserves more
Rhodiola integrifolia Ledge Stonecrop attention. x
Many selections available - including
Rhododendron occidentalis Western Azalea fragrant ones.
Salvia ‘Terra Seca’ Terra Seca Hybrid Sage Good spiller
Salvia spathaceae Hummingbird Sage
Satureja chandleri San Miguel Savory one of my favorites.
Satureja douglasii Yerba Buena
Scirpus cernuus Fiberoptic Grass fantastic in birdbaths! x
Sedum divergens Spreading Stonecrop Easy. Give water.
Sedum laxum ssp. laxum Roseflower Stonecrop x
Sedum obtusatum Sierra Sedum Can be difficult. x
Sedum oregonense Cream Stonecrop x
Nice cultivars available - not all from
Sedum spathulifolium Broadleaf Stonecrop california. x
Kind of weedy, but a good
Sedum stenopetalum Wormleaf Stonecrop groundcover for containers.
Great groundcover for containers -
Selaginella bigelovii Bigelow's Spikemoss particluarly bonsai. x
Selaginella wallacei Wallace's Spikemoss Great groundcover for containers - x
particluarly bonsai.
Suksdorfia ranunculifolia Buttercup Suksdorfia x
Tiarella trifoliata Foamflower Best spiller.
works well for a year or two in a
large pot and then needs to go in the
Trichostema lanatum Wooly Blue Curls ground.
Triteleia ixioides Pretty Face x
Triteleia laxa Ithuriel's Spear x
Can live for many years in a small
Umbellularia californica California Bay Laurel pot and takes to topiary.
Vaccinium ovatum Evergreen Huckleberry Nice fall/winter color.
Verbena lilacina 'De la Mina' De la Mina Verbena Long flower season. x
I've used other woodsias not native
Woodsia scopulina Rocky Mountain Woodsia to california w/ success. x
Takes full sun w/ almost daily
Woodwardia fimbriata Giant Chain Fern watering.