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Bismarckia nobilis - Bismarck Palm

(Click on underlined title to see more)The Bismarck Palm has silvery to blue-grey-green foliage color(described as 'glaucous').  Green leaved strains are also available but the glaucous strains do better in SoCaL and other similar climates.  Grows to around 40 plus feet to the top of the foliage, and with adequate conditions can do so in about as many decades, and potential to 100 feet in a century.

Regional Natives of Particular Interest: Delphinium cardinale - Scarlet Larkspur

(Click underlined title for more info) Delphinium cardinale, the red flowered stalks, grows about 5 to 6 feet tall in bloom, foliage stays within about a foot of ground.  Blooms late Spring into Summer.  Foliage is green and growing in winter with the rains then withers by late Spring.

Regional Natives Trio: Euphorbia misera, Dudleya edulis, Mammilaria dioica, Chorizanthe fimbriata

(Click on underlined title to see more)  The trio, a common match-up in coastal cliff areas; these are at Blacks.  With South african annual iceplant.The trio with Mirabilis californica.

Mammilaria dioica - Cactus

 Mammilaria dioica, with red fruit in May, in flower in March.  Point Loma

Brahea brandegeei - Palm

(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 - Rose Mallee

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.

Acacia pendula - Weeping Acacia

(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.....

Regional Natives of particular interest: Jojoba

 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 Sumac


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.

Brahea armata - Palm

Silvery-blue leaves, golden inflorescences, growing in Fletcher Hills, grows slowly to about 30 feet, native to Baja and Sonora Mexico.

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