But as luck would have it, the sticky monkey flower
had yet to be planted.
CALIFORNIA POPPY State flower, brilliant orange; opens only on sunny days GOLDFIELDS Gold-yellow flowers; covers many Gold Country hillsides LUPINE Vivid blue-purple blooms MONKEY FLOWER
Yellow or orange; trumpet shaped
According to the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley, perennials to plant under oaks would include yarrow (Achillea millefolium) with pink, yellow or white flowers; creeping mahonia (Berberis aquifolium repens) with holly-like leaves; coral bells (Heuchera) with foliage in green, red or purple; monkey flower
(Mimulus) with orange blooms; meadow rue (Thalictrum) with fern-like foliage; hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea); both edible and ornamental currant species (Ribes); and iris.
Seeds from this monkey flower
specimen will be harvested for planting at other sites.
Grow low-water bloomers, such as agastache, penstemon, sticky monkey flower
, and yarrow.
CORRECTION: The picture that accompanied last week's column on the monkey flower
was actually a Mexican evening primrose (Oenothera berlandieri), as noted in an e-mail from John Stevens of Palmdale.
The hiking is moderately strenuous, but the rewards are plentiful, including specimens such as baby blue eyes, meadowfoam, and sticky monkey flower
I have driven this route for many springs and have never seen a monkey flower
display of this magnitude.
Drought-tolerant plants Plant low-water varieties that thrive locally, such as Agastache aurantiaca, sticky monkey flower
(Mimulus aurantiacus), and Salvia lanceolata, zones 7-9, 14-17; Stipa arundinacea (also known as Anemanthele lessoniana), zones 14-17.
More flowers bloom: red paintbrush, orange monkey flower
, the eggs-over-easy exuberance that is Matilija poppy.
Native plants such as the coast live oak, the sycamore and the tiny apricot-petal sticky monkey flower
will attract native birds and wildlife and help give the Orange Line a sense of place, so riders know they're in Southern California.
So can California natives such as heuchera, monkey flower
, Salvia clevelandii, and Western columbine.