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Mimulus aurantiacus  sticky monkey flower
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Mimulus aurantiacus

sticky monkey flower

Woody shrub 2 to 4 feet tall and spreading 3 feet or more with bright yellow orange flowers late spring through summer. Full sun or light shade, quite drought and deer resistant. Good under native oaks. Attracts hummingbirds, Buckeye butterflies. Bay Area native.

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Mimulus cardinalis

Scarlet monkeyflower

This perennial monkey flower with bright red orange flowers with a yellow throat blooms June to September. It grows 1 to 2 feet tall and spreads. It can grow with average water or in shallow ponds. Sun or part shade. Cut to the ground if looking ratty. Bay Area Native

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'

Japanese silver grass

Perhaps the smallest of the dwarf forms of miscanthus, Adagio grows 3 feet tall 2 feet wide, dark green upright foliage with a narrow white stripe. Attractive flowe rheads emerge pink then turn to white, excellent for flower arrangements. Full sun, average to low water. A good grass for small gardens.
Miscanthus sinensis gracillimus  maiden grass
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Miscanthus sinensis gracillimus

maiden grass

One of the oldest maiden grass cultivars, the fine texture and showy flowers have made it one of the most popular.  Stiff, erect clumps 5 to 6 feet tall and as wide with copper flowers in fall turning silver in the winter, showy tassels good in arrangements.  Sun or light shade, moderate water.
Monarda didyma Jacob Cline red bee balm
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Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'

red bee balm

Growing in vigorous clumps to a height of 4 feet, 3 feet wide the foliage has a pleasant minty smell. Scarlet red flowers appear in tight clusters in summer attracting bees and hummingbirds. Grow in full sun or light shade with average water. Native to Eastern United States. Quite cold hardy, may be invasive.
Monardella villosa  coyote mint
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Monardella villosa

coyote mint

This small subshrub grows to 2 feet round with fragrant, fuzzy gray green leaves. Flowers that attract bees and butterflies are purple and bloom over a long time. Full sun and drought tolerant, they do well on hot dry slopes and sand dunes. Good in herb gardens, mixed borders. Bay Area native.
Muhlenbergia capillaris  purple muhly
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Muhlenbergia capillaris

purple muhly

This slender grass has stunning dusky purple pink panicles appearing in great clouds over the foliage in late summer, fall. It grows 3 feet tall and as wide and is best in sandy or rocky soil in full sun with some summer water. Good in open coastal woodlands, meadows, or as a specimen. Tolerates wind.
Muhlenbergia dubia  Pine Muhly
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Muhlenbergia dubia

Pine Muhly

Native to south Texas, Arizona and down into Mexico this Muhly looks much like the native Deer Grass but is half the size growing 1 to 2 feet round with stiff seed heads rising a foot above. Full sun, low to no water and quite cold tolerant and deer resistant.
Muhlenbergia rigens  deer grass
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Muhlenbergia rigens

deer grass

A handsome bunchgrass to 3 feet round, with stiff flower spikes another 2 feet , they remain attractive in winter. This cool season grass is heat and drought tolerant needing little or no summer water. Sun or part shade, a good specimen plant, used in Indian baskets. One of the showiest natives, good for erosion control.
Myrica californica  pacific wax myrtle
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Myrica californica

pacific wax myrtle

An evergreen shrub or small tree, growing 12 to 18 feet tall, 12 feet wide with clean looking glossy, dark green foliage. Small flowers are followed by waxy purple berries that attract birds. Sun or shade, quite drought and wind tolerant, an excellent screen or informal hedge and can be clipped. Bay Area native.
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