Plant ID Week Three Faves

Christmas Heather

Erica canaliculata

Erica canaliculata AKA Christmas Heather is a sweet shrub with tiny eye ball like pink flowers. This Erica busts out in to bloom late fall into winter, and bees love it.  A coastal location is perfect for Erica canaliculata. It likes hanging out in full sun to light shade with medium water requirements.

Leptospermum scoparium

These puppies are in bloom all over the place right now and I love them. Leptospermum scoparium also known as New Zealand Tea Tree or Manuka is full of antibacterial juices. The Māori use it for medicinal purposes.

Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis

California native, Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis or Carmel Creeper is the most widely used California Lilac around town. This one likes hanging out by the beach. Since it’s a native no extra water is necessary to keep it happy. It’s a lower growing spreader with beautiful violet flowers. It’s easy to prune too!

I’m also a fan of Corymbia (Eucalyptus) ficifolia – Red Flowering Gum, but the one we checked out wasn’t in bloom.  Even more exciting, I can now exclaim, “Hey that’s a Clivia miniata!”  Never knew the name before, but see Clivia all the time.

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