Saturday, January 29, 2011

Winter Blooming Flowers

While much of the rest of the country is white with snow, Californians can still delight in a variety of winter-blooming flowers.

In Zone 1, along the walkway and protected by the front steps, winter-blooming bergenia (Bergenia crassifolia) sends up flower stalks in January. This isn't a native plant. However this small patch was planted here when we moved into the house years ago. A native of the Himalayas, they thrive in poor soil and tolerate drought in a shady location. Under the steps seems the perfect location for them, and occasionally, native slender salamanders can be found in the leaf litter that builds up beneath the plants.

Zone Map

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