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Aug 07, 2019 · These include coastal salt marsh, coastal strand, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, coast live oak woodland, riparian woodland, valley grassland, valley oak savanna, freshwater ponds/lakes, rock outcrops, and suburban development.
The Santa Monica Moutains have several varieties of Clarkia plants: Elegant Clarkia, Farewell-to-Spring,Purple Speckled and Large Godetia. Willow-Herb Clarkia can be found in the following plant communities: coastal sage scrub, oak woodland, chaparral and desert in generally shady places below 2,500'.ColorPlants You Might SeeBrief Description of PlantWhiteCommon Name: Toyon Botanical Name: Heteromeles arbutifolia Plant Type: Shrub or Tree Habitat: Chaparral, ridges, slopes, woodland, coastal scrub Color: White 200512Heteromeles arbutifolia - Toyon is most notable when the days shorten and weather turns colder. The small, bright red berries add a splash of color to the slopes of our local mountains this time of year. It is said that Hollywood got its name due to this plant#39s resemblance to holly. Toyon's thick, waxy and oblong leaves are 2-4 inches long with pointed teeth that spiral alternately up the plant's stems. The waxy coating of the leaves reduce the amount of water lost through transpiration (evaporation of water from plant leaves) and allow the plant to remain evergreen. Small, white perfect flowers (both stamen and pistil are present) containing five petals and ten stamens appear in summer and are pollinated by bees. The flowers are similar in appearance to Roses (they are a member of the Rose family). In late fall, these are replaced by pea-sized bright red berries, or pomes. These traits are shared by other plants in this wide and diverse family: apples, peaches, strawberries, plums and pyracantha. Read more...Blue Purple WhiteCommon Name: Purple Nightshade Botanical Name: Solanum xanti Plant Type: Shrub Habitat: Sage, chapparal Color: Blue Purple White 200601One of the few plants to be found in bloom this early in the year is Purple Nightshade. It is an evergreen shrub up to 3 feet high and wide, displaying purple flowers about one inch in diameter. It is commonly found blooming from January to May in sage or chaparral. Purple Nightshade's thin leaves are about 2 inches long, oval in shape and spiral alternately up the stem. The purple flower petals are complemented by yellow anthers that gather at the center. Each of the five petals has a pair of green spots surrounded by white at their base. The flowers are followed by pea-sized purple berries. The plant often has a subtle glittery or fuzzy appearance. All parts of this plant are poisonous, like most plants in this family. Other plants in the Nightshade family that are common in the Santa Monica mountains include Jimson weed, the non-native Tree Tobacco, and White Nightshade. Purple Nightshade is one of several Solanum members which are also cultivated for ornamental uses. While most of these are poisonous, there are some edible members of Solanum: eggplant and potato. Read more...RedCommon Name: Wild Peony Botanical Name: Paeonia californica Plant Type: Perennial Habitat: Chaparral, meadows & ridges Color: Red 200602Wild Peony commonly blooms from January to April. Its flowers have petals the color of red-wine, are about an inch and a half long, and have a heavy-looking, downward-cupped shape. They are quite unusual looking, though not very noticable due to their ability to blend in with the rest of the plant. The peony relies on winter rains to spring back from its dormant state that it adopts in summer. Often a clump of hollow stems emerges from the roots but it also may grow more individually. Its flowers grow on singular stalks and have 5 or 6 petals, and as they mature develop prominent seed pods at their center. The flowers never open completely, maintaining a cupped shape. Read more...White Blue PurpleCommon Name: Ceanothus Botanical Name: Ceanothus Species Plant Type: Shrub Habitat: Chaparral, ridges, slopes, woodland, coastal scrub Color: White Blue Purple 200603There are six species of Ceanothus that can be found in the Santa Monica mountains, and about ten times that number of varieties are able to be grown in California. Our natives bloom from January to May. Flower colors range from white to various shades of blue, and are found in clusters. Subtle yet conspicuous, whole hillsides lighten up in the spring when these plants are in bloom. Characteristically, Ceanothus need good drainage, tolerate cold, heat, and wind, are adapted to fire, and are generally low maintenance. If you have ever done trail maintenance that involved cutting this plant, you may remember the sharp spines on its branches; Ceanothus means spiny plant in Greek. The common name of "Soap Bush" is earned because the flowers of some varieties will develop a lather when rubbed with water. Read more...
The Santa Monica Mountains are covered by hundreds of local plant species: some are endemic or very rare, some are beautiful California native plants in situ, and some also are familiar as horticultural ornamental and native garden plants. Each season has different plants predominating the visual experience.
May 24, 2019 · SANTA MONICA, CA — Planting season, as Santa Monica gardeners know, is officially upon us. And before you dig out those dusty trowels and gloves, take note of the plants that naturally grow in ...
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- Armstrong Garden Centers. 166. $$Nurseries & Gardening, Landscaping, Landscape Architects. (310) 829-6766. Serving Santa Monica and the Surrounding Area. “This is for the Santa Monica location.
La Belle Plant is a nursery located between Santa Monica and Venice, that serves the westside of Los Angeles with a wide selection of beautiful plants, including cactus and succulents, indoor plants, airplants and outdoor plants.