Mammilaria dioica, with red fruit in May, in flower in March. Point Loma
(Click on the underlined title to see more)Brahea brandegeei, a less robust replacement for the very common 'tall skinny telephone pole' palm(Washingtonia robusta - Mexican Fan Palm), which it can very much resemble, depending on the 'strain/type-lineage' of B. brandeegii, but grows much more slowly, about half as slow. In the photo it's the palm in the middle with the old leaves 'petticoat' along trunk. It's about 25 to 30 feet tall, and probably 50 years old.
Eucalyptus rhodantha, aka Rose Mallee, gets about 10 to 15 feet all around, loosely and slowly. A see through gawky big bush or small tree. Silvery-white to silvery-blue-green leaves. Blooms in Spring with red stamens yellow tipped. Photo location: Cubic Corp. in Kearny Mesa.
(Click underlined title to see more)Acacia pendula, weepy limbs of silvery to blue-grey-green foliage, gets about 30 feet all around. Top photo in El Cajon, bottom photo in Point Loma. Great for creating a 'haunted' themed landscape, with a living tree rather than a dead tree. In one way of describing it, it has an eerie ghostly presence, being ashen colored and having a 'cloak' of weeping limbs. WoooOooOOooooo.....
A row of Jojoba bushes growing along a canyon ridge northwest of Otay Mesa; has grayish-green foliage. Usually gets about 8 feet all around, more or less. Plants are normally single-sex, so a female plant and a male plant must be present to produce nuts on the female plant.
Regional Natives of particular interest: Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata, Eriogonum fasc., Artemisia cal., Laurel SumacSubmitted by Scott on Sat, 07/10/2010 - 6:17pm
Silvery foliaged Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata in East El Cajon/Lakeside, in July. Gets about 6 feet all around. Around it are Eriogonum fasciculatum with white flowers, dull green Artemisia californica, a big bush of Laurel Sumac about 10' tall, and occasional spots of Baccharis sarothroides in the background.
Silvery-blue leaves, golden inflorescences, growing in Fletcher Hills, grows slowly to about 30 feet, native to Baja and Sonora Mexico.
(Click on underlined title to see more)Dudleya edulis in bloom, amongst yellow Deinandra fasciculata, some brown-green Artemisia californica in background, and Lemonade Berry, the green bush in back. All three upper photos taken in June, near Glider Port.
Dudleya brittonii, native to Baja California. These are the glaucous colored form. Green forms also exist, but are less spectacular looking. Top photo in Encinitas, bottom photo in Ocean Beach.
(Click on underlined title to see more) Dudleya pulverulenta in bloom near the Glider Port in June, with brownish-green Artemisia calfornica growing behind it(it's light green-grey during Winter through early Spring due to rain). The photo below shows one in Winter, growing out of a rock crack in the side of a blasted rock 'wall' alongside a rode near Las Pilitas Nursery near Valley Center.