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Carthamus tinctorius ‘Grenade Orange’ (photo courtesy of Kieft Seed)

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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Eriogonum crocatum (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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 the true saffron of commerce. To harvest saffron, pluck st...

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Salvia officinalis

Sage

Salvia

Thought of as drought-tolerant shrubs in much of the West, this huge genus—the largest in the mi...

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Cycas revoluta (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

Sago Palm

Cycas revoluta

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

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Carnegiea gigantea (photo courtesy of Jennifer Cheung)

Saguaro

Carnegiea 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 (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

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

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

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San Diego Sedge

Carex spissa

Native to boggy areas in Southern California. Forms slowly spreading, arching clumps. Coarse, upright ...

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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 slende...

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Sand Pear

Pyrus pyrifolia

Native to China. Grows to 40 ft. tall and 25 ft. wide. Like European fruiting pear in appearance, but ...

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