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Dudleya cymosa

This weeks plant is common in the canyon, growing wild on the rocks along the boulevard and in the heavy rock outcroppings. This years rain has them looking beautiful and we can’t wait to see them come into flower.

Dudleya cymosa is a succulent plant known by the common name canyon live-forever. It is a distinctive plant sending up erect red-orange stems from a gray-green basal rosette. The small yellowish-red thimble-shaped flowers top the stems in large flower cluster. The plant is found in rocky areas in the low elevation mountains of California and southern Oregon from 500 to 8000 feet in elevation. Some subspecies are considered threatened locally. Hummingbirds love this plant. This genus is named for the first head of the botany department at Stanford University, Professor William Russell Dudley.

Sticky Monkey!

Another beautiful flower showing up in the canyon now is the sticky monkey-flower, it’s seen cascading off the sides of the canyon and along the fringes of the road cuts , the images below were taken about 1 mile in from the coast.

Diplacus aurantiacus, the sticky monkey-flower or orange bush monkey-flower, is a flowering plant that is native to southwestern North America from southwestern Oregon south through most of California. The flowers are tubular at the base and about 2 centimeters long with five broad lobes; they occur in a variety of shades from white to red, the most common color being a light orange. They are honey plants pollinated by bees and hummingbirds. It grows in many climates and will thrive in many types of soil, wet, dry, sandy, or rocky. 

Centranthus ruber

Here’s another beauty growing wild in the canyon, it’s not one our natives but it’s incredibly showy none the less.

A native of the Mediterranean region, Centranthus ruber has been introduced into many other parts of the world as a garden escape. It is naturalized in France, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and the United States. In the US it can be found growing wild in such western states as Arizona, Utah, California, Hawaii, and Oregon, usually in disturbed, rocky places at elevations below 200 m. It is often seen by roadsides or in urban wasteland. It can tolerate very alkaline soil conditions. Because it can tolerate the lime in mortar, Centranthus ruber may frequently be seen growing in old walls in Italy and Southern France and South West England.

Quercus agrifolia Installation

This week we installed this incredibly beautiful California Live Oak, in Santa Monica. The weight of this tree was approximately 23,000 pounds and is somewhere in the range of 75 years old. 

Quercus agrifolia, the California live oak, or coast live oak, is an evergreen oak, native to the California Floristic Province. It grows west of the Sierra Nevada from Mendocino County, California, south to northern Baja California in Mexico.