Salvia apiana ‘California White Sage’ (Bee Sage, Sacred Sage)

Salvia apiana ‘California White Sage’ (Bee Sage, Sacred Sage) One of the most revered species of Sage, Salvia apiana ‘California White Sage’ is a cornerstone of the coastal sage scrub habitats of Central and Southern California, as well as Baja California. This majestic Salvia has been widely used in a variety of ways by generations of Native American people groups living along the Pacific Coast, including our local Northern Chumash Tribe. The Chumash Tribe historically inhabited California’s coastal regions of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. They have deep roots in these regions and continue to enrich their local communities with their kinship and culture.

Asteriscus maritimus ‘Gold Coin’   (Pallenis maritima, Odontospermum maritimum)

Asteriscus maritimus ‘Gold Coin’ (Pallenis maritima, Odontospermum maritimum) Native to the coastal bluffs of the Canary Islands, Southern Portugal and as far east as Greece, Asteriscus maritimus ‘Gold Coin’ is a perennial that can handle some of the toughest growing conditions around. Poor soil, wind and salt spray are no problem for ‘Gold Coin’. Limited rainfall and hot summer conditions will have little impact on its ability to survive in the landscape. It may go into a stage of dormancy in late summer, reserving its resources until the fall and winter rains come, at which time it will perk back up again and be covered with bright golden-yellow flowers. ‘Gold Coin’ is an herbaceous sub-

Cymbopogon citratus ‘Lemon Grass’

Cymbopogon citratus ‘Lemon Grass’ For those of us that are fans of East Asian cuisine, the flavor of Cymbopogon citratus ‘Lemon Grass’ is very familiar. This tropical plant is native to India and is popular in Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian cooking, but is also a favorite in many other culture’s cooking including Indian, Mexican, Swedish, Ethiopian, Italian, Turkish, and American. Lemon Grass can be used in savory dishes such as marinades, curry pastes, soups and stir-fries, and as a soothing lemon-flavored hot tea. The stalk is extremely fibrous and stringy, so it’s commonly used to add a complex, herbaceous-lemon flavor and is not actually eaten; much like a bay leaf is used to fl

Myrica californica Pacific Wax Myrtle

Myrica californica Pacific Wax Myrtle Hailed as “one of the best-looking native plants for gardens” by The New Sunset Western Garden Book, Myrica californica is not only good-looking but extremely adaptable to a variety of growing conditions. This evergreen shrub is very tolerant of wind and salt-spray, so it’s a good choice for seaside landscapes. It thrives in moist areas but also gets along fine with minimal irrigation. It tolerates sandy, loamy or clay soils and is useful for habitat restoration, as it builds soil health and vitality by transferring nitrogen and water to neighboring plants, thus reducing the need for added fertilizers and irrigation. If allowed, it grows a whopping 15-30

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