Over the last year we have become pretty enamored with a particular group of plants -Meadowfoam… Due in large part to one great reason, they are an off season plant. Native to California and Oregon, meadowfoams are well adapted to the particularities of the west coast, mainly mild wet winters and hot dry summers. They are annuals who’s cycle is to sprout in November when the rains kick in, grow throughout the winter and spring, and then flower in May/June when the things start to warm up.
Right now, we have two species growing. Douglas’ Meadowfoam (Limnanthes douglasii):
And White Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba):
The Douglas’s Meadowfoam was planted last year, and did a great job of reseeding itself and is getting pretty established in our front and on our entry ecoroof. Its not really that native, growing primarily in southern Oregon and far northern California in the Klamath/Siskiyou area. The White Meadowfoam, which we started from seed this last fall does live in the Willamette Valley and is cultivated for the oil from its seeds.
Both species have so far shown to do fairly well in an ecoroof environment and seem to not mind being dug up and moved, so we have plans to spread them around our yard anywhere that they’ll grow. Our entry ecoroof in particular is a rough place in the summer so we’re trying to encourage plants with a stronger seasonal shift up there to take as much advantage of the rainy months as we can. And the rest of our yard really could use a little more life from November to February when everything else dies back.