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Carthamus tinctorius, photo courtesy of Michael Davis/Garden Picture Library/Photolibrary

Safflower

Carthamus tinctorius

This useful thistle relative (probably an Asian native) grows to 3 ft. tall, 1–1 1/2 ft. wide, w...

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Saffron Buckwheat

Eriogonum crocatum

Native to Southern California. Low, compact plant to 1 1/2 ft. high, 2 ft. wide. stems and roundish, 1...

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Crocus sativus, photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story

Saffron Crocus

Crocus sativus

Lilac flowers in fall.Orange-red stigma is true saffron of commerce. To harvest saffron, pluck stigmas...

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Salvia officinalis

Sage

Salvia

All sages have square stems and whorls of two-lipped flowers, either distinctly spaced along flower st...

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Cycas revoluta

Sago Palm

Cycas revoluta

Native to Japan. As a 2 to 3-ft. tall youngster, has an airy, fernlike appearance; with age (grows ver...

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Carnegia gigantea

Saguaro

Carnegia gigantea

Long-lived Sonoran desert native grows very slowly to 50 ft. tall; in the wild, may be a column only 3...

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Gaultheria shallon

Salal

Gaultheria shallon

Native from the central Cali­fornia coast north to British Columbia. In good growing conditions, c...

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Saltbush

Atriplex

Unusually tolerant of direct seashore conditions and highly alkaline desert soils, saltbushes are grow...

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Saltillo Evening Primrose

Oenothera stubbei

Native to Mexico. Evening-blooming plant that forms a dark green mat 5 in. high and 4 ft.wide; prostra...

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San Diego Sedge

Carex spissa

Native to boggy areasin Southern California. Formsslowly spreading, archingclumps. Coarse, upright sil...

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San Jose Hesper Palm

Brahea brandegeei

The plant is hardy to 26°F/°3°C. Slow grower to 40 ft. tall and 15 ft.wide, with slender...

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Sand Pear

Pyrus pyrifolia

Native to China. To 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide. Like European fruiting pear in appearance, but leaves ar...

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