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Native Species as Cover Crops

Characteristics of California Native Species for Potential Use as Cover Crops

We have compiled information on California native plants in this database for growers to learn about the attributes of various native species for use as possible cover crops. The majority of the species featured in this database have never been previously used as cover crops and have not been assessed in a real-world context for this purpose. This database is intended to generate ideas for further research and real-world trials.

You will find information on the following native plant species:

Acmispon glaber, Acmispon/Deerweed
Allium unifolium, Meadow Onion
Apocynum cannabinum, Dogbane
Asclepias fascicularis, Milkweed
Bromus carinatus, California Brome
Clarkia unguiculata, Elegant clarkia
Dipteronstemon capitatus, Bluedicks
Elymus glaucus, Blue wildrye
Eschscholzia californica, CA poppy
Hordeum brachyantherum, Meadow barley
Layia platyglossa, Tidy tips
Lupinus succulentus, Arroyo lupine
Nemophila menziesii, Baby blue eyes
Phacelia ciliata Benth., Great Valley Phacelia
Phacelia tanacetifolia Benth., Lacy Phacelia
Solidago velutina, CA goldenrod
Triteleia ixioides, Prettyface
Triteleia laxa, Ithuriel's Spear
Urtica dioica, Nettle

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