In <3o3crl$9fu at mark.ucdavis.edu> ez054637 at chip.ucdavis.edu (Andrea Via)
>>Andrew Johnson (ez057460 at bullwinkle.ucdavis.edu) wrote:
>: I need some ideas of the best kind of drought resistant plants. I
>: California and I need some good plants for my yard. What does
>: suggest?? (Most colorful and little maintenance)
>: Thanks a lot!!
>: --Andy Johnson
>>Many Australian plants grow great in California and many nurseries are
>starting to carry them. If you can find it, a great plant is called
>Kangaroo Paw (unfortunatly I don't know the latin name off hand). I
>it at home in Santa Rosa. It loves full sun and I've never needed to
>water it. Just don't plant it too close to plants you'd be
>since it doesn't like added fertalizer. The flowers are really unique
>and come in red and yellow. The only problem I've had with it is that
>the leaves have a tendency to get black edges on them when there has
>a lot of rain. Hope that helps.
The plant you are refering to is Anigozanthus sp., and I have
grown this in Davis... but it always had the blackening of the leaves.
A really great place to get California natives is right in your
backyard...more or less... The UCD Arboretum has a fantastic sale
every year -- the first saturday of Fall quarter. Also, they have
smaller, more frequent sales. Contact the arboretum headquarters for
Good luck. Lara