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Arboretum All-Star Plant Database

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Chinese ground orchid

Chinese ground orchid

Latin Name
Bletilla striata
Description

Easiest orchid to grow in the Central Valley and plants spread to form small colonies over time; tough and hardy perennial that blooms dependably in shady gardens; vivid coloration and unusual shape give a tropical effect; attracts beneficial insects.

blue grama grass

blue grama grass

Latin Name
Bouteloua gracilis
Description

California native plant; green flowers age to tan by the end of the summer; retains tidy, upright shape even when dormant.

Cape balsam

Cape balsam

Latin Name
Bulbine frutescens
Description

Small, evergreen perennial is a wonderful addition to dry perennial borders with its long-blooming spikes of delicate, star-shaped yellow flowers; fleshy, bright green foliage adds a sculptural element to the garden; tolerates drought and poor soils.

Karl Foerster feather reed grass

Karl Foerster feather reed grass

Latin Name
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
Description

Attractive, upright dark green foliage; fluffy blooms in spring turn into attractive buff spikes that last all summer and fall; a vertical plant that performs well in narrow spaces.

purple bottlebrush

purple bottlebrush

Latin Name
Callistemon 'Violaceus'
Description

Rosy-purple “bottlebrush” flowers bloom in early winter and spring, and sporadically year round; medium to large evergreen shrub that is tough and adaptable; grows best in full sun and tolerates infrequent watering; attracts hummingbirds and beneficial insects.