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California Buckeye (Aesculus californica)

Photo by Liz MatthewsAesculus californica is a deciduous shrub or tree, growing up to 12 meters tall.  Leaves are made up of 5 to 7 palmate leaflets, each 6 to 17 centimeters long.  Flowers are white to pale rose colored, with petals 12 to 18 millimeters long. They are arranged in an erect inflorescence with many showy flowers.

Greenleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula)

Greenleaf manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula) is a perennial evergreen shrub in the Ericaceae family. It forms circular clones that are 1 to 2 meters tall. Clones form when the lower branches root on the ground. Twigs have golden color glands. The smooth bright green leaves are 2.5 to 6 cenimeters long and 1.5 to 4 centimeteres wide. The glabrous pink or white bell shaped flowers form drooping clusters.

Mountain Pride (Penstemon newberryi)

Penstemon newberryi is a bushy perennial subshrub that reaches a height between 12 to 30 centimeters. The finely toothed leaf blades are 1 to 4 centimeters long. The glandular magenta flowers are 2-3 centimeters long, and the flowers are tubular or funnel shaped. The showy flowers are pollinated by both hummingbird and insects. The CPP four letter code for this species is PENE

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