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Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Lotus scoparius

Lotus scoparius, gets about 3 feet all around, blooms in Spring.  Surrounding native plants are the white flowered Gnaphalium californicum at right back, red flowered Mimulus aurantiacus right of center back, Eriophyllum confertiflorum in bud at left behind Lotus and at right side; sparsely foliaged Lemonade Berry in back left of center, one Encelia californica flower poking out at right and in middle bottom of photo.  Photo in early April near Salk Institute.

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Sidalcea, Eriophyllum, Baccharis

Sidalcea malviflora(pink flowers), Eriophylum confertiflorum(yellow), and Baccharis sarothroides(right, green).  Location: Mt. Miguel, Spring. 

Regional Natives of Particular Interest: Point Loma Coastal Shrub Scrub Mix

Artemisia californica foreground, Eriogonum fasciculatum foreground left, Adenostoma fasciculatum mid-ground, Lemonade Berry(Rhus integrifolia)background, Encelia californica by fencing at right, Lemonade Berry in back of it.  Pt. Loma, Lighthouse.  

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Hesperoyucca whipplei, Viguiera laciniata, Malosma laurina

(Click on underlined title to see more) Top photo:   Hesperoyucca at right, tall stalk bloom, Viguiera(yellow flowers) at left and right, Malosma(Laurel Sumac) in back, and Eriogonum fasciculatum(Scrub Buckwheat, not in bloom) in front at left.  All at average relative sizes.   Sumac is about six foot plus tall.

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Cupressus forbesii, Tecate Cypress; Adenostoma fasciculatum, Chamise

 Tecate Cypress in background, gets up to about 40 feet in 40 years, depending on the water availability.  Adenostoma fasciculatum in foreground, which usually gets around 6 feet.  Photo on west Otay Mtn half way up.

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Quercus engelmannii, Baccharis sarothroides


Engelmann Oak, evergreen, unique elliptical leaves.  Typically gets about 20 feet in about as many years, potential to 45 feet with adequate water in about 40 years.  Plant at left is Baccharis sarothroides(broom baccharis), which makes a nice light green contrast to the brownish-green or dull green of the Engelmann Oak.  Photo taken during winter, in Rancho Penasquitos.

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Cercopcarpus minutiflorus, San Diego Mahogany

(Click underlined title to see more) Cercocarpus minutiflora, grows up to about 15 feet with adequate water.  Top photo in San Clemente Canyon, aka Marian Bear Park.

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Pinus Torreyana, Torrey Pine

 The Torrey Pine, at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.  A big pine with adequate water.  Or smaller with less, as seen in the bottom photo.  Pines growing in residential situations typically get bigger than those in the wild due to much more water availability.

Regional natives of particular interest: Coast Live Oak - Quercus agrifolia, California Sycamore - Platanus racemosa

Coast Live Oak and California Sycamore in background.  Artemisia californica and native white Morning Glory Vine(Calystegia macrostegia) in foreground.  Grass around the trees at bottom.  Both located in San Clementa Canyon, i.e. the 52 Freeway corridor between Clairemont and University City neighborhoods.

Coast live oaks.

Regional natives of particular interest: Xylococcus bicolor - Mission Manzanita

(click on underlined title to see more)Mission Manzanita - Xylococcus, usually 6 to 10 feet in a couple or few decades, depending on the water; though potentially gets up to 15 to 18 feet with adequate water, but it might take several decades or more.  Blooms in Winter.

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