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Clarkia purpurea

Clarkia purpurea is a species of wildflower known by the common names winecup fairyfan or purple clarkia.  This annual plant is native to western North America, including Baja California, California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, where it is found in a diverse variety of habitats. In California it is found in all the zones, except the deserts, from the coasts to high interior mountains, including the Sierra Nevada.  Its bowl-shaped flowers have four petals, usually one to two centimeters long. They come in shades of pink, purple, or deep wine red; often with a streak or spot of pink or red in the middle.

A few fun facts about this native: the Indigenous peoples of California sowed this plant, to later harvest the seeds to grind up for food and the conspicuous flowers support native bees, making it a "honey plant"! They are truly very sweet, delicate little beauties. 

California Holly

It is said that early residents of Southern California were so moved by the beautiful holly-like bush Heteromeles arbutifolia, also known as California Holly or Toyon, that they were inspired to call their new home Hollywood.

California Holly– is a hardy native that is extremely easy to cultivate. It is a component of the coastal sage scrub plant community, and is a part of drought-adapted chaparral and mixed oak woodland habitats.

Needing full sun and only occasional water, this plant can grow anywhere from 6 to 18 feet tall flowering white in summer then yielding bright red berries in fall and winter.  Clipped branches can often be found in floral arrangements especially around the holiday season.  With its fun connection to the history of Hollywood, its beauty and its ability to tolerate many growing conditions, we love adding Toyon to our gardens.