Erosion Control

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Compiled by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, Inc.
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KEYS TO FLOWER COLOR:
B=Blue V=Violet/Purple R=Red
O=Orange G=Green W=White
P=Pink Y=Yellow  



GROUNDCOVERS (for surface soil retention)


SMALL SHRUBS (for soil retention and limited hillside stabilization):

  • Artemisia californica, Coastal Sagebrush G/Y – aromatic, super-tough plant for dry spots
  • Brickellia grandiflora, Brickell Bush W – easy to grow and tough; good for partially shaded dry spot
  • Encelia californica, California Bush Sunflower Y – fast-growing and easy; reseeds; seeds appeal to birds
  • Eriogonum spp., Buckwheat P/W – especially E. fasciculatum, California Buckwheat
  • Fallugia paradoxa, Apache Plume W/Y – tough plant with lovely tufted seedheads
  • Isocoma menziesii var. menziesii, Coast Goldenbush Y – cheerful fall bloomer
  • Isomeris arborea, Bladderpod Y –bright yellow flowers attract hummers and bumblebees; interesting seed pods
  • Iva hayesiana, San Diego Marsh Elder – crisp green color, soft texture; spreads, takes sun or shade
  • Romneya coulteri, Matilija Poppy W/Y – tough root system spreads by rhizomes
  • Salvia spp., Sages B/P/R/V/W – shrubs such as Black and White Sages, Cleveland Sage, San Miguel Mtn. Sage
  • Trichostema lanatum, Wooly Blue Curls B/V – likes a dry sunny spot with excellent drainage
  • Yucca whipplei ssp. whipplei, Our Lord’s Candle W


LARGE SHRUBS AND TREES (for hillside stabilization):


SHRUBS AND TREES FOR EROSION CONTROL IN DRY OR MOIST SHADE: