Eric in SF, Wikimedia Commons Contributor
An otherwise wispy plant, red ribbons grabs your attention from mid-spring to midsummer with its delicate but colorful violet-pink, cross-shaped flowers. This drought tolerant annual wildflower is native to the dry woodlands in the foothills of northern California's Coastal Ranges. It's a worthwhile, dainty plant for dry, porous soils that are in partial shade.
The leaves are small, oval and light gray-green. Showy flowers arise in loose clusters on stem tips and side branch shoots in the warmth...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Elegant Clarkia, Mountain Garland, Woodland Clarkia)
Upright reddish stems lined with rosy papery flowers are highlights of the elegant clarkia. This tall wildflower is endemic (native only) to California, existing in chaparral, grasslands and forest clearings. It is a fast-growing annual that naturally blooms from mid-spring to early summer when conditions are mild and cool. Garden grown specimens can be sown year-round as long as temperatures and mild and humidity low.
Elegant clarkia grows upright with reddish stems and sparse green to gray-green...
James H. Schutte
(Silver Torch Cactus)
This big beautiful silver torch cactus has erect, whitish columns and blooms off and on over a large part of the year. It is a mountain dwelling species found in the rocky, well-drained foothills of southern Bolivia and northern Argentina. Because it exists at relatively high elevations it’s somewhat frost hardy.
The coloring of this cactus is derived from the dense cloak of fine white hairs that cover its surface. The hairs disguise a heavy concentration of needle-like spines, so don’t be...
(Clematis, Luxurious White Clematis, Viticella Clematis)
Luxurious white clematis is a herbaceous vining plant with small white, open bell-shaped flowers tipped in green. They bloom from midsummer through the fall. Leaves are green with hints of a gray casting on this native of southern Europe and extreme western Asia.
Clematis prefers a location with at least five to six hours of sun and a fertile, well-drained soil. In early spring, prune each stem's growth down to a pair of strong buds above the soil level. It can be used to dress up a wall, trellis,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Allanah Clematis, Clematis, Late Large-flowered Clematis)
The large, vibrant, velvety wine-red flowers of ‘Allanah’ bloom in late spring and early summer. Each of its broad petals taper at the base giving the blooms a distinctive appearance. It is a vigorous grower with a somewhat compact habit at maturity.
This hybrid clematis is a hardy deciduous woody vine that climbs by twining stems. The vines are lined with green compound leaves that appear in spring. The large wine-red flowers appear from spring to summer and are followed by fluffy clusters...
Pride of Place Plants, Inc.
(Amelia Clematis, Clematis)
The upright-growing, non-vining ‘Amelia’ produces 3-inch-wide (8 cm) flowers in late summer to early fall. The six-petaled blossoms are a pale pink-lavender and surround a bright yellow crown of stamens.
This hybrid clematis is a hardy deciduous woody vine that doesn't really climb and clasp in a traditional sense but grows upright. The stems are lined with green compound leaves that appear in spring. The large flowers appear from summer to fall and are followed by fluffy clusters of silvery...
(Barbara Jackman Clematis, Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis)
Barbara Jackman clematis is a deciduous woody vine that bears many flowers early in the season. From late spring to early summer, large lavender flowers striped with dark magenta appear along twining stems covered with medium green leaves. This clematis grows best in sites with full sun and fertile, well drained soil. Flower buds develop from the previous year's growth, so pruning should be done after plants bloom. If left unpruned, plants will sporadically flower again in fall. As with most clematis,...
James H. Schutte
(Bee's Jubilee Clematis, Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis)
The large, rich pink flowers of ‘Bees Jubilee’ are striped with deeper pink down each petal. The single flowers appear from late spring through early summer along moderately vigorous vines.
This hybrid clematis is a hardy deciduous woody vine that climbs by twining stems. The vines are lined with green compound leaves that appear in spring. The large flowers appear from spring to summer and are followed by fluffy clusters of silvery seeds.
Clematis prefers a position with at least five...
(Belle Nantaise Clematis, Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis)
The cool ‘Belle Nantaise’ bears many flowers from late spring to summer. They are large with soft lavender-blue tepals marked with lighter bands.
Hybrid clematis is a hardy deciduous woody vine that climbs by twining stems. The vines are lined with green compound leaves that appear in spring. The large flowers appear from spring to summer and are followed by fluffy clusters of silvery seeds.
Plant this vine in sites with full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. It grows and flowers best...
Mary S. Thomas
(Belle of Woking Clematis, Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis)
Belle of Woking clematis is a deciduous vining plant with large, double, bluish-white flowers that open from late spring through late summer. Leave are light to mid-green in color.
This clematis prefers a position with at least five to six hours of sun per day and fertile, well-drained soil. Keep the roots shaded and cool with a layer of mulch. In early spring, remove any dead or damaged vines and prune to retain plant height back to an area of strong, healthy buds. ‘Belle of Woking’ is somewhat...