Note: Original article appeared in the Tehachapi News

 

 

The fifth annual native plant sale is underway, and orders are now being taken online or by mail until April 3. This and previous plant sales have all been offered jointly by the Desert-Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council (DMRC&D) and the Tehachapi Resource Conservation District (TRCD).

 

Some new drought resistant species are being offered this year, such as Whitebark California Lilac, Four-Wing Saltbush, and grasses such as Indian Rice-grass. Many flowering plants are again being offered, as well.

 

As a serious drought continues to plague California, and homeowners try to conserve water use, it is very important to introduce native, drought resistant plants to home landscapes (though even native plants will need extra water the first year to establish).

 

Visit the Desert-Mountain RC&D website at desertmountainrcandd.org to view photos and plant descriptions, including soil, water requirements and freeze tolerance. A link to the DMRC&D website and a mail-in order form, is available by going to the TRCD website at tehachapircd.org. Forms and information about ordering on line is also available at the DMRC&D website.

 

Orders must be prepaid and received at the Ridgecrest office of DMRC&D by April 3. Plants will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 11, between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at the TRCD Office, 321 W. "C" St., at the corner of Mill and "C" Streets.

 

The Tehachapi Resource Conservation District is a volunteer-based special district, welcoming community interest and participation. Contact Karla Nelson at karlanelson10@ gmail.com, Carol Rush at juncus33@gmail. com; or call 428-4370 or 549-0042, for additional information about TRCD. Call the DMRC&D office at (760) 446-1974 for more information about the native plant sale.

 

You can find some details included in our handy order form below.
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GreenLeafManzanita

A mature Green Leaf Manzanita (Arctostapylos patula) in bloom in a West Golden Hills yard. Manzanitas usually bloom in late February and early March here in Tehachapi.

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Closeup of Green Leaf Manzanita flowers.

BlueEyedGrassPlants

Blue-Eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium bellum, in a Golden Hills boarder planting, blooms from late March to May. This plant is actually in the iris family, and not a true grass.

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Close-up of a Blue-Eyed Grass Flower.