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has been deprived of the best part of his education."
-Luther Burbank 1849 - 1926
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Gardening and Landscaping with Common Native & Naturalized Plants
of Southern California Uplands
Native plants vary by the landscape.You'll find very different habitat -- both plants and soil/rocks in valleys vs. hilltops; coastal edges vs. mountain slopes.
General characteristics of upland vegetation in Los Angeles County include three main habitats, walnut savannah, oak-walnut-toyon woodland, and coastal sage scrub.
Walnut savannas are relatively simple with large trees growing in clumps surrounded by grasses.
Woodlands are often diverse, with large shrubs, grasses and wildflowers in the understory.
Coastal sage scrub habitats have sandy soil and are populated more by shrubs and small flowering plants and grasses. Very few trees grow in these sandy areas. Coastal sage scrub species have adapted to an ecosystem that rarely freezes in the winter and rarely experience temperatures over 90F degrees during the dry California summer. Most of this habitat has been developed, and only a few pockets of native habitat remain.
COMMON CALIFORNIA NATIVE AND NATURALIZED PLANTS
Coast Live Oak
California Black Walnut
California Black Oak
Mexican or Blue Elderberry
For more native trees, check: CalFlora for photos and further information.
Wild Cucumber, Man-root
FLOWERS and GRASSES
Blue Fiesta Flower
California Black Walnut
California Hedge Nettle
California Wild Rose
For more details, check the wonderful information at Deb's Park with the nature programs provided by Audubon California: www.audubon-ca.org
For more articles about California Nature
California Beach Communities
Common Native Plants of Southern California Uplands
Natural Los Angeles Resources
Common Native Wildlife of Southern California
Common Native Birds of Southern California
Attracting California birds with native plants
Los Angeles Urban Forest
There's a Park Near You in Los Angeles
News about the SoCal Environment
Least Terns Preserve on the LA Beach
Visiting California Beach Communities - An Overview
Los Angeles Area Nature Link List