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Moonshine Yarrow, Milfoil, Sneezewo
Bearded Iris
Valley Oak, Calif. White Oak, Roble
Brittlebush, Incienso
Moonshine Yarrow, Milfoil, Sneezewo

Common name: Moonshine Yarrow, Milfoil, Sneezewo
Botanical name: Achillea 'Moonshine'

Long, straight stems with pale yellow flowers are striking on the mats of green to grey-green leaves of this plant, which are flatter and less divided than those of the Achillea millefolium. This Yarrow propagates easily from rooted cuttings or divisions which should be performed in the early spring or fall. Following bloom, one should dead head the plant and divide the clumps when it appears crowded. Introduced by Alan Bloom in the 1950's.

Bearded Iris

Common name: Bearded Iris
Botanical name: Iris Bearded Hybrids

This perennial will grow 1'-3' tall and has medium sized, blue green leaves with flowers of different colors that bloom in spring. It needs well draining soil and full sun. Many are fragrant and rebloom several times a year. Plant rhizomes in Sept or Oct. They need water once a week during the hot spells. Top dress with compost and gypsum in January and August.

Valley Oak, Calif. White Oak, Roble

Common name: Valley Oak, Calif. White Oak, Roble
Botanical name: Quercus lobata

The Valley Oak is a large deciduous tree that grows 60'-80' tall. It develops a rounded canopy that spreads 50'-70' wide with leaves deeply lobed and rounded. The Valley Oak is very heat tolerant and drought tolerant. It is a native to CA and attracts butterflies and birds.

Brittlebush, Incienso

Common name: Brittlebush, Incienso
Botanical name: Encelia farinosa

Grey-mounding shrub 3' x 3'. White if very dry. Bright yellow 1" daisies spring and summer. Found in Sonoran & Mojave deserts on sandy or gravelly soils. Rapid growth following rain. Short lived individual plants but will reseed to maintain populations. Drought dormant. Deciduous. Damaged in mid 20 degrees F. Good in hottest areas. Lance or ovate leaves. Aphids will attack as will flea beetles. Be careful of root rot in heavy soils. Overgrown and fragile if overwatered.

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Water Saving Tip:

Adjust sprinklers to avoid watering sidewalks and driveways.