Low Maintenance Slope - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, Ca
Question by murielmuriel
February 21, 2009
The community association wants to improve the hillsides. Much of the hillsides show neglect & is the responsibility of owners not physically able to provide the care or pay for the maintenance. As a community we would like to help. What type of low-maintenance, drought resistent plants, San Diego, California would do well and provide needed beauty to the hillsides.

Answer from NGA
February 21, 2009


Some of the best plants for you to use are California Native (or near-native) plants. Here's a partial list: Shrubs Aloysia lycioides (White Brush); Amaranthus palmeri (Palmer's Amaranth); Ambrosia ambrosioides (Canyon Ragweed); Ambrosia deltoidea (Triangle-leaf Bursage); Ambrosia dumosa (White Bursage); Anisacanthus Thurberi (Desert Honeysuckle); Asclepias subulata (Desert Milkweed); Atriplex hymenelytra (Desert-Holly); Brberis haematocarpa (Red Barberry); Brickellia californicum (Bricklebush); Calliandra eriophylla (Fairy Duster, False Mesquite); Carlowrightia arizonica (Carlowrightia); Celtis Pallida (Spiny or Desert Hackberry); Dalea wislizeni (Indigo Bush); Dodenaea viscosa (Hop Bush); Encelia farinosa (Brittlebush); Encelia frutescens (Green Brittlebush); Ephedra nevadensis (Mormon Tea); Eysenhardtia polystacha (Kidneywood); Hymenoclea salsola (Cheesebrush); Hyptis emoryi (Desert lavender); Larrea tridenta (Creosote Bush); Lotus rigidus (Desert Rock Pea); Lycium andersonii (Anderson's Lycium); Mimosa biuncifera (Catclaw, Wait-a-minute Bush); Senecio douglasii (Threadleaf Groundsel); Vauquelinia californica (Arizona Rosewood ); Viguiera deltoidea (Golden-eye). Recommended Native Flowers Abronia villosa (Sand Verbena); Aquilegia chrysantha (Golden Columbine); Argenome platyceras (Prickly Poppy); Bahia absinthifolia (Desert Daisy); Baileya multiradiata (Desert Marigold); Calyophus serrulatus (Dwarf Sundrops); Cassia covesii (Desert Senna ); Datura Wrightii (Sacred Datura); Dichelostemma pulchellum (Bluedicks); Erigeron divergens (Spreading fleabane); Eschscholtzia californica ( California Poppy); Eschscholtzia mexicana (Mexican Poppy); Justicia sonorae (Sonoran Justicia); Lupinus sparsiflorus (Desert Lupine); Mimulus cardinalis (Cardinal Monkey Flower); Mimulus guttatus (Yellow Monkey Flower); Oenthera caespitosa (Tufted Evening Primrose); Penstemon subulatus (Beard Tongue); Phacelia campanularia (Desert Bluebells); Psilostrophe cooperi (Paperdaisy); Solanum hinsianum (Sonoran Nightshade); Sphaeralcea ambigua (Globe-Mallow); Zinnia acerosa (Desert Zinnia); Zinnia grandiflora (Little Golden Zinnia). Hope these suggestions get you started on a wonderful master plan for your community.

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