This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Shephardia rotundifolia, Parry, presents to the beholder, on first sight, so bright and silvery an appearance, that it is with persons of taste the universal exclamation - oh, how beautiful, how much like silver! The leaves of this shrub are covered with short soft hairs that give it its silvery appearance; they are very thick and round in shape; the flowers are small and inconspicuous, being of a dull yellow; and the female flowers, which are borne on separate plants, are are almost apetilos; but the greatest beauty about this plant is its flower buds, which are full sized in December, although it does not flower until early spring. The buds are about an eighth of an inch round on the male, oblong on the female plants. These buds are truly, to all appearance, little balls of silver; the fruit, which ripens in June and July, is about 1/2|-inch long by 1/4-inch wide, and is covered with stinging hairs, which, when examined under the glass, look like stars. This shrub is an evergreen. Another nice shrub for rocks and rock-work, as it will grow in any crevice of a rock where it can hide its root, is Cercocarpus intricatus, Parry. Is an evergreen, and grows only about a foot high.
It is often seen growing several hundred feet up the face of a sand-stone ledge, where, if it has soil at all, it must be only the least particle.