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Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia, aka Palo Blanco, aka Baja Bird Bush

(Click on underlined title to see more photos and more description)(two upper photos by Bri Weldon) Twenty footer growing at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden near Pomona.  Native from northwestern Baja to barely on the U.S. side of the border near San Ysidro.   With adequate water and wind protection can get to around 20 feet, growing about six inches to one foot per year.

Xylococcus bicolor (Mission Manzanita) 20-footer

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Below, closeup from patio above, on south side of garage:

Perspective from downslope looking up:

Camissonia bistorta - Foothill Suncup

(Click on underlined title to see more) Camissonia bistorta, blooms year-round in typical yard space that has some ambient ground moisture to tap into.  Lives about a year or two; readily reseeds and sprouts new plants with rains or occasional irrigation.  An all-star performer.  Makes masses of plants if you allow it, serving as an informal 12 to 18 inch tall and how ever wide groundcover.

San Diego Natural History Museum article on regional native succulents

Check out this very interesting article about 'Native Succulent Diversity and Gardening' from the San Diego Natural History Museum conservation botanist John Rebman:  

www.sdnhm.org/science/botany/resources/general-information/native-succulent-diversity-and-gardening/

 

 

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Cryptantha clevelandii - annual, Encelia californica - shrub

 

Cryptantha clevelandii, white flowers, aka popcorn flower, and Encelia californica, yellow flowers, in early Spring, Pt. Loma.

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Foothill Shrub Scrub, same as Coastal

Mid-Summer by Mt. Miguel.  Eriogonum fasciculatum - white flowers, Artemisia californica - brownish foliage(dry season semi-dormant), Baccharis sarothroides - bright green lowbush in foreground, and further in background, before white flowered Toyon(Heteromeles arbutifolia) in far background down road, Malosma laurina main big bush in bloom. 

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Coreopsis maritima - Sea Dahlia

(Click on underlined title to see more) Yellow flowers, lacy foliage.  Grows only during rainy season/cool half of year.  Blooms late Winter through Spring.  Dry season dormant perennial.  Growing with Dudleya edulis on cliff edge.  All photos early Spring.

Opuntia littoralis in foreground, - Coast Prickly Pear.  

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Quercus dumosa - Scrub Oak

 

(Click on underlined title to see more) Interesting and endearing cluster of Quercus dumosa in center area of photograph, apparently about 10 to 12 feet tall.  Potentially gets to 6 to 18 feet all around, typically, potentially much larger in shady north facing sites with adequate moisture,.. and time; slow to moderate growth rate, depending on water availability.  Photo above in Torrey Pines, as seen from the highway 1.

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Isocoma menziesii, Baccharis pilularis, Artemisia californica,...

 (Click on underlined title to see more) Isocoma in foreground, Baccharis pilularis(bush form) in middle background.  Photo in early Autumn, Del Mar.  Brownish dry-dormant Artemisia californica in mid-background.   Torrey Pine, center background.  Atriplex lentiformis left background, light grey foliage.

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