San Diego Native Landscaping

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Regional natives of particular interest: Oenothera elata

An upright evening primrose.  Tolerates a range of watering / moisture situations, but normally is found where watering or moistness is frequent throughout the year, like many other garden plants.  Occasionally plants will be found growing wild in urban areas near asphalt or concrete where no irrigation occurs, doing pretty well and blooming most of the time.

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

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.

Regional Natives of particular interest: Dudleya edulis

(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.

Regional Natives of particular interest: Dudleya pulverulenta

(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.

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Atriplex lentiformis - Quail Bush

 (Click on underlined title to see more)Silver-green leaved Quail Bush in middle, brownish-green Artemisia californica surrounding it.  Background has Torrey Pine on both sides, a very old Scrub Oak(Quercus dumosa) to the left, San Diego Mahogany(Cercocarpus m.) behind Quail Bush, Lemonade Berry between the two sections of the Cercocarpus.

Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Salvia mellifera, Diplacus puniceus, Viguiera laciniata

(Click on underlined title to see more)Top photo, white-blue Salvia, red flowered form of Diplacus puniceus.  Both get around four feet, bloom in Spring, lite-woody perennials.  Yellow flowers at left lower corner are probably Viguiera laciniata.

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