Category: Native Plants

The Magnificent Serpentine Manzanita!

Contributed by Bryant Baker The exquisite bishop or serpentine manzanita (Arctostaphylos obispoensis) is a sight to behold. You can only find it in the Santa Lucia Mountains along California’s Central Coast, primarily in San Luis Obispo County. As one of its common names implies,… Continue Reading “The Magnificent Serpentine Manzanita!”

Create a Native Wildflower/Shrubland Ecosystem in Your Yard

Most people love the idea of creating a native wildflower meadow in their yard. There’s one primary problem, however, that often defeats the process – non-native weeds and grasses. The criminals? Some registered offenders include bur clover, with those nasty, little coiled balls; Bromus,… Continue Reading “Create a Native Wildflower/Shrubland Ecosystem in Your Yard”

Fighting Argentine Ants – killers of California natives and the scourge of the kitchen

If you live anywhere in a suburban area, you have encountered the plague of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile), those little brown irritants that crawl up your leg while reading a book outside, cover your kitchen counters with massive troop movements, wipe out native harvester… Continue Reading “Fighting Argentine Ants – killers of California natives and the scourge of the kitchen”