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Common Native Plants of Cabrillo NM
Bright with its reddish-orange flowers, Indian paintbrush usually blooms from February through May.
Local Native Americans gathered and parched the seeds from Black Sage and made them into meal, which bees collect the nectar to make a pungent honey.
Found in disturbed areas, such as roadsides, Bush Mallow blooks from April through October.
Another bee favorite, California Buckwheat blooms from April through October.
Althrough cheery to look at, the California Encelia has a rough feel and strong odor.
Also known as Coastal Sagebrush, early California Spaniards drank it as a tea for bronchial problems and used it to cleanse wounds. Also makes an effective flea repellant.
Coastal Prickly Pear
The fruit of Coastal Prickly Pear makes a tasty jelly or candy, and the pads - called nopales - are eaten with sliced onions.
An evergreen shrub, the leaves of the Laurel Sumac smell like bitter almonds when crushed.
With its pink buds even in winter, Lemonadeberry is a good choice as an ornamental plant.
The vibrant Sea Dahlia has a dormant phase when it looks dead, with dry, brown foliage.
Sweetly spicy, the Toyon's clusters of bright red berries were used by the early California Spanish to make a tea.
Last updated: August 1, 2014