Evergreen Currant, foliage scent like wine/pine/apple, variable. Young stems red, turn woody rouge brown, maroon-red flowers in panicle clusters in Winter-Spring followed by tiny red fruit. Prefers shade or light dappled sun, foliage burns in 'too much' sun. Easy to keep within a couple feet in height, though can get a few feet tall or more, and can spread much more.
Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Heteromeles arbutifolia - Toyon - large bush / small patio treeSubmitted by Scott on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 10:02pm
Native to much of the SoCaL region westward of the mountains, Toyon(Heteromeles arbutifolia) gets around 6 to 15 feet +, rarely to 25-30 feet, depending on water and location. White blooms Spring to Fall(variable per area), red berries in Fall/Winter.
Regional natives of particular interest: Camissonia cheiranthifolia - Beach Primrose, Ambrosia chamissonis - Beach BurrSubmitted by Scott on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 9:57pm
Both native to beach areas in regular sandy beach soil, though can grow in sandy loam soil too. Beach Primrose(yellow flowers) blooms year-round. Takes regular irrigation, which is necessary for good appearance and abundant Summer-Fall bloom, but survives on rainfall alone in the wild, and in moderate domestic situations.
Regional natives of particular interest: Abronia umbellata,- lavender; Abronia maritima,- magenta, both Sand VerbenaSubmitted by Scott on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 9:55pm
(Clicked underlined title to see more) Abronia umbellata and Camissonia cheiranthifolia top photo, Mariners Point. Second photo, Abronia maritima at north Blacks Beach.
(clicked underlined title to read more info) Gets a few feet all around, blooms most of year. Does well in bright shade as well as moderate sun; needs moderate water throughout the year to keep it looking best. Uncommon; occurs naturally most often in north slope drainage gullies that don't have much competing vegetation.
Bush Penstemon(Keckiella cordifolia), sprawls to around 5 foot +, growing into and through other shrubs with it's semi-viney growth. Red-orange flowers, blooms Spring-Summer. Does best with moderate water throughout the year.
Regional Natives of Particular Interest: Lessingia(Corethrogyne) filaginifolia - low loose growth or spreading groundcoverSubmitted by Scott on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 9:25pm
At Torrey Pines, Corethrogyne(Lessingia) filaginifolia ssp. linifolia. Blooms late Spring through Summer, light lavender colored Aster flowers.
Beach Lotus(tiniest golden-rouge flowers) growing amongst Beach Primrose(bigger yellow flowers) at Mariners Point, in sandy soil.