Plant ID Week Two – Top Picks

Echium candicans – Pride of Madeira

This is one of my favorites. It’s just starting to bloom. We have one of these guys in the backyard. I planted it as a tiny little thing about a year ago. Now it’s huge. I’m hoping it blooms this spring. Echium wildpretii “Tower of Jewels” is really cool too. I wish they were native to California since they grow wild everywhere, but they’re from the Canary Islands.

Cytisus X spachianus – Sweet Broom

It’s a cute shrub with pretty yellow flowers. Don’t confuse it with its evil cousin Genista monspessulana -French Broom. It’s a nasty invasive shrub that’s been causing problems in California. It looks so sweet and innocent, but it’s a noxious weed:

Genista monspessulana -French Broom

Lyonothamnus floribundus asplenifolius – Catalina Ironwood

Hurray for a California native! I really wish it had a name with less letters. This tree likes living on the coast, has cool red bark and doesn’t need any irrigation since it’s from around here. Sadly it’s on the rare and endangered plants list. If you want to check out all of our Plant ID class pics click here to see our entire album. It will continue to grow as the weeks go by.

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