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richj20 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,482
California Native Plants

Many of the plants in my southern California garden are natives. "Native" normally means those plants that were not introduced from outside the state.

California fuchsia, Epiolobium canum in the foreground

This is a great time of year to photograph the natives, since many are annuals - plants that die back each year following blooming season in early summer. A few below I'm including in a descriptive plant list.

1. California Golden Poppy, Eschscholzia californica - our state's official flower. Delicate petals starting to open in the morning. Often the scientific name honors a person connected with first identifying the flower. In this case, German physician and naturalist Johann Friedrich Eschscholtz who discovered the poppy genus in the San Francisco area in 1816.

2. White Tidy Tips, Layia platyglossa. A member of the sunflower family; most have two sets of flowers: the outer ray flowers, and the inner disk flowers which slowly open from the outside into the center. Here, almost all have opened, exposing the stamens with pollen grains.

3. California Buckwheat, Eriogonum fasciculatum. Flowers in clusters.

4. Showy Penstemon, Penstemon spectabilis. Flowers open on spikes.

5. Grinnell's Beardtongue, Penstemon grinnellii. Another penstemon; a close-in look at the "beardtongue"

6. Palmer's Mallow, Abutilon palmeri opening in mid morning.

7. Arroyo Lupine, Lupinus succulentus. A favorite annual in many gardens. You can start annuals from seeds, and the plants die back each summer and drop seeds around the area, leading to reseeding the next year. The palm-shape leaves (palmate) are an attractive feature of this plant.

8. Bladderpod, Peritoma arborea. The common name refers to the bladder-shape of the seed pods.

9. Elegant Clarkia, Clarkia unguiculata. Named for William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame. President Thomas Jefferson was an avid gardener and asked Lewis and Clark to bring back plant specimens they encountered on their expedition in the early 1800s.

Gardens are wonderful places to relax from our sometimes hectic lives!


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