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Acmispon glaber - Deer weed

Acmispon glaber

Deer weed

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Deerweed is found in coastal and mountainous areas throughout the state. It is a pioneer species, meaning that it quickly fills disturbed areas with dense stands that condition the soil for other plant species. Deerweed accomplishes this by fixing nitrogen, as do other members of the pea family, Fabaciae. Deerweed…

Adenostoma fasciculatum - Chamise

Adenostoma fasciculatum

Chamise

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Chamise is a common member of chaparral plant communities throughout California. It grows as an upright open shrub with small leaves somewhat like rosemary in appearance and twisted shredding bark. The flowers appear in late spring, covering the plant with a cream white display. A stand of blooming chamise can…

Adenostoma fasciculatum 'Nicolas' - 'Nicolas' Prostrate chamise

Adenostoma fasciculatum ‘Nicolas’

'Nicolas' Prostrate chamise

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‘Nicolas’ chamise is a prostrate selection of this widespread native. It forms a dense mound two about three feet. It shares the qualities of the species (see the entry for Adenostoma fasciculatum) and adds the more compact size and cleaner appearance. ‘Nicolas’ is derived from cuttings taken on St Nicolas…

Adenostoma sparsifolium - Red shanks

Adenostoma sparsifolium

Red shanks

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Red shanks grows from San Luis Obispo County south into Mexico. It grows into an open tree with shredding strips (“shanks”) on red and gray bark and feathery fronds of small leaves. The flower color is cream white as with the closely related chamise, Adenostoma fasciculatum. With careful pruning, redshanks…

Adiantum aleuticum - Five finger fern

Adiantum aleuticum

Five finger fern

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While California is home to a great variety of narrow endemic plants (i.e. plants found within a very narrow geographic range), it is also home to many wide-ranging species. The five finger fern is one such plant. It ranges from Alaska to Mexico, with isolated populations even occurring in the…

Adiantum capillus-veneris

Southern maiden hair

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Southern maiden hair is found in shady moist settings throughout the state, but is most common in southern California. It is one of our native plants that we share with many other US states and even other continents. The roots must be continually moist without being soggy or water logged….

Adiantum x tracyi

Tracy's maidenhair fern

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The maiden hair genus, Adiantum, has just four representatives in California. One is the California maiden hair, Adiantum jordanii, which is common in dry shade and goes dormant in the summer. Another is the five finger fern, Adiantum aleuticum, which thrives in moist shade and goes dormant with the cold…

Aesculus californica - California buckeye

Aesculus californica

California buckeye

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Our native buckeye is one of the few California members of the soapberry family, sapindaceae. California’s maple trees fill out the family. Buckeye grows as a multi-trunk, rounded little tree with silver-white bark and large compound leaves. The branch structure tends to be tortuous and quite ornate as the tree…

Agave deserti

Desert agave

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Desert agave is one of about 18 species of California natives in the Agave family, which includes the Joshua tree and – somewhat surprising – soaproot. It grows naturally in California’s southeastern deserts, conspicuously populating sunny areas with sandy soil. The silvery blue leaves grow in a rosette to about…

Agave utahensis

Utah agave

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Nevada agave occurs at higher elevations along the eastern edge of Inyo and San Bernardino Counties. The agaves are more commonly encountered at lower elevations in the deserts of the Southwest. Nevada agave is unusual in its tolerance of extreme cold. The growth form is typical with whirls of thick…