Bull Kelp

Nereocystis luetkeana It is amazing that something can grow up to 200 feet in one year! Bull kelp is the fastest-growing seaweed in the world and can grow up to two feet per day. This is especially amazing because bull kelp is an annual—germinating, growing, reproducing, and dying all within a year-long cycle. Bull kelp…

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California Fescue

Of the more than 300 grasses that are native to the state, California fescue is among the most beautiful. With its gray-green leaves, it is a bright spot in shady woodlands. A perennial bunchgrass, it forms dense, arching clumps about two feet tall, and in late spring it sends up flower spikes up to four…

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Manzanita

One of California’s most beautiful native shrubs, manzanita, blooms in winter. If you happen to be near a blooming manzanita, you are likely to see and hear Anna’s Hummingbirds, who stay for the winter and feed on the flower nectar rather than flying south. Some manzanitas here in northwestern California start to bloom as early…

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Broadleaved Stonecrop, Sedum spathulifolium

By Cheryl Lisin, Friends of Lost Coast Did you know that there are many succulents native to California? My favorite is broadleaved stonecrop, a lovely little plant with rosettes of gray-green, waxy leaves that become tinged with red due to stress, such as from drought or freezing weather. Like many succulents, broadleaved stonecrop roots easily…

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Toyon

By Cheryl Lisin, Lost Coast Interpretive Association The toyon is beautiful this time of year, with its bright red berries adorning the shrubs in fall and early winter. Berries provide food for birds and bears, and eye candy for humans! Toyon is a large shrub or small tree with evergreen leaves that are sharply toothed,…

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