Check out the list of plants for sale at this year's Spring Plant Sale

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Looking for drought-tolerant plants? Come to the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale!

Mark your calendar! – Saturday, April 12, 2014 – UCSC Arboretum Eucalyptus Grove

10am – Noon for members of Friends of the Arboretum
and California Native Plant Society
Noon – 4pm for the general public

Not a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early?
Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale

The Spring Plant Sale List is available on line!

Our plant sales are wonderful opportunities to take some of the dazzling color of the Arboretum home. An extensive list of over plant 200 varieties available at the year's plant sale is now available on line.

We will be highlighting our most drought tolerant plants at this spring’s sale including California natives, succulents, and plants from Australia and South Africa. If you are looking to replace plants you may have lost during the freezing temperatures in early December or are considering replacing a lawn with an attractive low maintenance/low water usage landscaping, come to the sale for plant suggestions and growing advice.

Two treasures that may sell out in the member’s sale are red telopeas and deep sky blue lechenaultias. Telopeas are gorgeous, shrubby, Australian members of the protea family. We will offer two or three selections, including a hybrid cross between Telopea oreades and Telopea speciosissima that we will be selling for the first time.

For its United States distribution we will be calling it Telopea X ‘Fireball’. One of the parents, Telopea speciossima, was used in the winner’s bouquets at the Sydney Olympics. Telopeas are drought tolerant, but do prefer cool roots. Paint your black pots white or plant in the ground where the roots will get afternoon shade.

Blue is such an uncommon color in plants that people will often fudge the definition of blue. For example, the “blue hibiscus” is clearly purple. Some of the “blue roses” are barely pale lavender. However, the lechenaultias we are selling are true blues. In the distant past, we may have sold a few of these as Lechenaultia – deep blue Moora named after a small town in West Australia.

We are formalizing the name of this rock garden selection as Lechenaultia biloba ‘Ray’s Moora,’ incorporating the place name and the name of the late Ray Collett, who with Australian horticulturists, Rodger and Gwen Elliot, are responsible for getting the plants to the U.S.