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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. 

The Hills are on Fire...

Spring has definitely sprung in here in Topanga Canyon. The hills are so alive with Wild Mustard, Nasturtiums, Sunflowers and Lupines. In this post, we are featuring Slender Sunflower. Helianthus gracilentus is a species of sunflower known by the common name Slender Sunflower. It is native to central and Southern California (from Napa County to San Diego County) and Baja California, where it is a member of the dry wildfire-prone chaparral ecosystem. We see them primarily on the coastal end of the canyon and along the bluff facing the ocean, although we do see them scattered around the upper canyon as well.

The close up image was taken in the canyon approx. 1 mile in and the wide shot was taken on the coastal bluffs across from Will Rogers State Beach.