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Regional natives of particular interest: Lotus nuttalianus, Beach Lotus, low spreader


Beach Lotus(tiniest golden-rouge flowers) growing amongst Beach Primrose(bigger yellow flowers) at Mariners Point, in sandy soil.


Regional natives of particular interest: Sand Verbena, low spreader, Beach Primrose

Abronia umbellata, Sand Verbena(lavender colored flowers, w/ white centers) growing next to Beach Primrose on Mariners Point top photo.  Bottom photo shows Abronia maritima(purple magenta flowers), which is another type of Sand Verbena, with a little bit of Beach Primrose in upper edge.  All are also native to the SoCaL islands.

Regional natives of particular interest: Ceanothus arboreus, large shrub

Ceanothus arboreus, gets around 9 to 20 feet depending on the variety.  This one is about 12'.  Native to Pimu, Limu, Wi'Ma, and Guadalupe Island.  Spring and Fall bloom.  Photo by Ken Owen.

Regional Natives of Particular Interest: Erigeron glaucus


Erigeron glaucus, occurs on the northern Channel Islands, especially Tukan.  And also occurs along the coast from central California into the pacific northwest coastal areas.  Blooms Spring through Summer, grows 8 to 12 inches tall by about 2 feet wide.

Regional Natives of Particular Interest: Perityle incana - Guadalupe Island Rock Daisy

Perityle incana, endemic to Guadalupe island.  Get's a few feet all around, blooms spring summer.  Looks like a smaller version of Eriophyllum nevinii.  Photo by Brad Hollingsworth, Perityle growing on side of cliff on Guadalupe Island, Baja California.  Like the other plants in this Blog it likes sun, tolerates some shade.  It's not a shade plant per se, even though the sun angle at the moment this photo was taken has it in the shade.

Regional Natives of Particular Interest: Elymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince' in bloom - large grass

Elymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince' in bloom, aka California Wild Rye, a cultivar found originally on Prince Island, an islet off of Tukan, aka 'San Miguel Island'.   Bluish light grey foliage color.  A large clumping grass, get's around four foot plus all around.  Seed spikes summer to fall.   The rough-pink flowers around the Canyon Prince is Eriogonum grande rubescens.  Both the Canyon Prince form of the species and the Eriogonum g. r. are native to Prince Island.

Regional Natives of Particular Interest: Eriogonum grande rubescens, and Eriogonum giganteum - other Island Buckwheats


E. g. r. in front with pink flowers gets about a foot tall and spreads a few feet, endemic to the northern SoCaL islands.  E. gig. in back with white flowers gets 4 to 8 feet tall and a little wider, largest species of the genus, endemic to southern SoCaL islands.  Both bloom Spring to Summer.  Location in Ocean Beach / Pt. Loma.

Regional Natives of Particular Interest: Lessingia(Corethrogyne) filaginifolia - low loose growth or spreading groundcover


Picture at top is a wild form at Torrey Pines park, Cor. fil. ssp. linifolia.  Lower photo is a selected cultivar of the basic species 'filaginifolia', called 'Silver Carpet', which was found along the Big Sur coast.  Main bloom Spring to Summer, though can bloom longer.  The subspecies 'filaginifolia'(Cor. fil. ssp. filaginifolia.) is native to the SoCaL islands.

Regional Natives of Particular Interest: Grindelia stricta platyphylla/venulosa, low spreading groundcover

Grindelia stricta platyphylla, grows about 6" tall by a few feet wide, blooms Summer into Fall, native to the northern channel islands, as well as central and northern coastal California. 

Regional natives of particular interest: Camissonia cheiranthifolia - Beach Primrose - spreading grouncover or sub-shrub

Native to beach areas typically in regular sandy beach soil on the mainland and islands, though can grow in sandy loam soil too, and some heavier soils fairly well.  Blooms year-round.  Takes regular irrigation, which is necessary for good appearance and abundant Summer-Fall bloom, but survives on rainfall alone in the wild, and in moderate domestic situations.  Low and spreading usually, though there are some variations.

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