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Coastal native plants are adapted to local soils and climate conditions and require minimal watering and virtually no soil amendments. Natives are often more resistant to insects and disease as well.

Native plants provide matchless habitat value because native flora and fauna have co-evolved for years; therefore wildlife use native plant communities for food, cover and rearing young. Using native plants in landscaping helps preserve the balance and beauty of natural ecosystems.

Jug Handle’s native plant gardens display a wide variety of coastal natives and are highly educational throughout the year.

Visitors can view these gardens at the following locations.

Asarum caudatum, also known as wild ginger flourishes in the shade along the picket fence.

Asarum caudatum, also known as wild ginger flourishes in the shade along the picket fence.

Erigeron glaucus and Castilleja mendocinensis together make a perfect ground cover. Seaside daisy is one of the companion plants neccessary for the successful growth of Mendocino Indian paintbrush.

Seaside daisy is one of the companion plants for the successful growth of Mendocino Indian paintbrush, which is hemiparasitic

    • Landscaping west of the Farmhouse at the entrance. At the entrance and hillside leading to the Victorian farmhouse an attractive and colorful selection of hardy native shrubs and trees have been planted. These include silk tassel bush, ceanothus (California lilac), pink flowering currant, wax myrtle, twin-berry and shore pine. Near the top of hill visitors are welcomed by the sky blue blossoms of seaside daisy, yellow sticky gum plant, and vibrant orange monkey flower bushes. These shrubs and perennials welcome visitors and attract wildlife to Jug Handle Farm and Nature Center.
    • The Grand Fir cabin is planted with western columbine, salmonberry and red huckleberry.
    • The Eucalyptus cabin has an established native plant garden of sword fern, western columbine, Aralia, wild ginger and wild strawberries. More native plants will be added this year.
    • On the left at the entrance to the Farm house you’ll find a showy planting of local native plants such as wild strawberry, Seaside Daisy, Heterotheca, Douglas Iris and Grindelia (gum plant).
    • In the backyard of the Farm house, just off the boardwalk and fence in a shady area, are well established plantings of wild ginger, western columbines, Aralia ( Elk Clover) and fairy bells.
Fremontia, flannelbush's stunning orange flowers brighten the landscape in spring, summer and autumn.

Fremontia, flannelbush’s stunning orange flowers brighten the landscape.

  • Lower greenhouse and shade house perimeter: New plantings of red elderberry, wax myrtle, willow, sword fern, cascara, and delicate, vibrant green lady ferns border the newly created pathway in this area.
  • Flanking the south side of the native plant greenhouse is a local native plant display featuring colorful Fremontia, Mendocino Coast Indian paintbrush, seaside daisies, Heterotheca and coast lily.
  • Alder cabin: The cabin is situated in a semi shady location. A few of the plants found surrounding the cabin are vanilla grass, red columbine, red huckleberry and delicate white fairy bells.

Our goal is to plant locally grown natives at Jug Handle to showcase the beauty of native plants in gardens, around structures, trails and throughout landscapes areas on the property.

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