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Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Northern California

Fine Gardening - Issue 169

1. Bladderpod

Name: Peritoma arborea (syn. Isomeris arborea)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11

Size: Mounding to 3 feet

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; wide soil tolerance

Found along the coast, in inland valleys, and in the California deserts, this particularly smelly plant has shown an easy adaptation to home gardens. Bladderpod’s silver and green, three-parted leaves are beautiful in their own right and exude a cloying smell similar to the scent of burnt popcorn. But at the back of beds, this drought-tough subshrub shines with beautiful large clusters of yellow flowers over much of the year. Its odd, inflated fruits, each 1 to 2 inches long, give it its common name. Untouched by any mammal and tolerant of salt and drought, it begs for wider ornamental use.

2. Sticky Monkeyflower

Name: Diplacus aurantiacus (syn. Mimulus aurantiacus)

Zones: 8 to 11

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; wide soil tolerance

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