This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.
Saint Catherine’s lace
Size: 4 to 6 feet
Bloom season: Summer
Pruning needs: Remove old flower stalks. Prune to maintain a compact form.
Exposure: Full to partial sun
Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.
Snapshot: A California native, this shrub produces large, showy clusters of lacy white flowers throughout the summer – a big draw for butterflies and beneficial insects. Fast-growing, this plant quickly develops into a large, rounded shrub with woolly, light gray foliage – and needs little water. You can see specimens mixed in with the conifer collection at the UC Davis Arboretum on campus.
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