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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fall Native Plant Sale - November 18 & 19

Fall Native Plant Sale  


  When:   Friday 11/18  - 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
               Saturday 11/19 - 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Where: Biology Dept. Greenhouse (behind NSM building; )

    What:  CA native plants suitable for home
               gardens (trees, shrubs, flowers)

     Prices: $2.50 - $10.00 donation/plant (a deal!)
Proceeds support native plant propagation/restoration
                   on campus

Cash/checks only

Here are a few unique plants we’ll have for sale:

·       Shaw’s agave (Agave shawii)

·       Banana yucca (Yucca baccata)

·       Yerba mansa (Anemopsis californica)

·       Dune (Coastal) buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium)

·       CA Bush sunflowers (Encelia californica)

·       CA Bee plant (Scrophularia californica)

·       Fogfruit (Phyla nodiflora)

·       Sticky cinquefoil (Drymocallis (Potentilla) glandulosa)

·       Seaside alumroot (Seaside alumroot)


Complete plant list available at end of October.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Foraging Native Plants: Look to Your Own Backyard

Native plants play an important role in living sustainably.  They furnish habitat, create shade, improve the soil and provide edible and craft materials.   To put it simply, California natives are remarkable additions to the garden ecosystem. But it’s important to remember that these plants are also critical components of natural ecosystems.

The increased interest in edible and medicinal native plants creates several unintended consequences.   Most important is the overuse of natural stands of native plants growing in the wild.   This is not just a problem in California; over-collecting of native plants is a critical issue world-wide, leading to the extinction of entire plant species.

While some California native plants are still common, others are rare – even endangered - in the wild.  Humans have played a key role, primarily by destroying habitat (building houses, roads, etc.).  Global climate change is putting further pressures on wild plants and animal populations. 

To stress wild populations further by wild foraging is unsound.  In fact, there are legal, health/safety, practical and ethical/stewardship reasons to limit wildland foraging.  For more see:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

End of Season Plant Sale - April 29-30, 2016

Native Plant Sale
End of Season Blow-out Sale

  When:  Friday 4/29  - noon-4:30 p.m.
               Saturday 4/30 - 1:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  Where: Biology Dept. Greenhouse  (behind NSM building) 

  What:  CA native plants suitable for home
               gardens (trees, shrubs, flowers) 

  Prices: most are $2.50 - $5.00 donation/plant (a deal!)

Proceeds support native plant propagation/restoration
                   on campus

Cash/checks only

For a list of plants available see:

To download the list:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring in the Native Plant Gardens: Garden of Dreams

Approaching the Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Spring is a lovely time in the native plant gardens of CSU Dominguez Hills.  Here are some recent photos from the Garden of Dreams Discovery Garden.

Bush sunflowers (Encelia californica) brighten Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Enter the garden through the Lemonadeberry (Rhus integrifolia) entrance
Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

White and purple from the Purple sage (Salvia leucophylla
Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Look closely for bulbs like this Mariposa lily
Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Medley of green foliage from sages, sagebrush and other local native shrubs
Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Looking back towards parking lot - note the range of foliage colors
Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Annual sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) have come back despite the fact that this area was scraped bare
 last July - Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Purple foothill penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus) and spires of White sage (Salvia apiana)
Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Elegant clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata) glow amongst the nodding grasses (Foothill needlegrass - Stipa (Nassella) lepida) - Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Spring wildflowers - Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

A selection of shady groundcovers - Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Red Admiral butterfly - Garden of Dreams -  CSU Dominguez Hills

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Trees and Shrubs for a Changing Climate: Plant Them Now!

Native shrubs at CSUDH look good despite years of drought
Garden of Dreams Discovery Garden
The last four and a half years have been difficult for those living in Southern California.  Lack of rain, dry winds and high temperatures have stressed everything.  Unfortunately, these are probably just a taste of things to come.  Now is the time to choose plants that will be able to thrive despite the changing climate.   Here are a few resources to help:
Climate Change and S. CA Gardens

Trees & Shrubs for the Future: large native plants suited to our changing climate
              Slide show:
             Handouts (4 per pg) :
Shrubs in a Changing World: CA native shrubs for a 1950’s-70’s ranch-style house (with an emphasis on our changing climate)
            Slide show:
           Handouts (4 per pg) :


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spring Plant Sale - Edible, medicinal & Useful Plants

Native Plant Sale

Edible, medicinal & useful plants

  When:   Friday 3/18  - 1:00-4:30 p.m.
                 Saturday 3/19 - 1:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Where: Biology Dept. Greenhouse
                  (behind NSM building) -  
    What: CA native plants suitable for home gardens (trees,
               shrubs, flowers - see list below) 
    Prices: $2.50 - $8.00 donation/plant (a deal!)
Proceeds support native plant propagation/restoration on campus
Cash/checks only

Plant List –  CSUDH Native Plant Greenhouse – March 18-19, 2016




Common Name

Scientific Name

Notes/More information


1 gallon shrubs/trees and woody vines - $7.00 - $8.00  (a few are $9.00)



Marsh baccharis

Baccharis douglasii

Medicinal: wounds/sores/boils

Habitat: butterflies, insects




Mule fat

Baccharis salicifolia

Medicinal:  eyewash; skin infections

Useful: green-yellow dyes

Habitat: many insects, butterflies, birds




CA bush sunflower

Encelia californica

Edible: seeds

Medicinal:  toothache; joint/muscle pains

Habitat: many insects, butterflies, birds





Saw-tooth goldenbush

Hazardia squarrosa

Medicinal:  calming; joint/muscle pain

Habitat: many insects, butterflies





Heteromeles arbutifolia

Medicinal:  wounds/sores; muscle pain

Useful: all parts used for natural dyes

Habitat: fruit-eating birds





Heartleaf keckiella

Keckiella cordifolia 

Medicinal:  colds; wash for wounds/sores

Habitat: hummingbirds




S. Island mallow

Lavatera assurgentiflora

Edible: flowers & leave as cooked greens

Medicinal: bronchitis, rheumatism

Habitat: hummingbirds




Catalina cherry

Prunus ilicifolia

Edible: fruits

Medicinal:  colds/coughs (carefully)

Useful: all parts used for natural dyes

Habitat: many insects, birds




Coast live oak

Quercus agrifolia

Edible: acorns

Medicinal: antiseptic wash; also galls for diarrhea

Habitat: many insects, birds




**Gambel oak

Quercus gambelii

Edible: acorns

Medicinal: antiseptic wash; also galls for diarrhea

Habitat: many insects, birds

More: Native to Four Corners States.  10-15 ft. tall.  Winter deciduous ‘oak type’ leaves.





Rhus integrifolia

Edible: fruits

Medicinal:  coughs & colds

Useful: dye and mordant

Habitat: pollinators, many birds





Blue elderberry

Sambucus nigra cerulea

Edible: berries, flowers

Medicinal:  antiseptic wash; rheumatism; diuretic

Habitat: many birds





Wild grape

Vitis girdiana

Edible: fruits, leaves

Medicinal:  hair tonic

Useful: yellow dye from leaves

Habitat: fruit-eating birds


1 gallon perennials/sub-shrubs - $7.00



* Rosy Buckwheat

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

Edible:  young leaves as cooked greens

Medicinal:  coughs/colds; aches & pains

Habitat: butterflies





Big gumplant

Grindelia camporum

Medicinal:  bronchitis, sore throat, skin rashes (see cautions)

Useful: green/yellow dyes

Habitat: butterflies, insect pollinators






Pluchea odorata

Medicinal:  eye wash; cramp aid; diuretic

Useful: crushed leaves as insect repellent

Habitat: many insect pollinators





Canaigre dock

Rumex hymenosepalus

Edible: leaves as cooked greens; seeds

Medicinal: antiseptic/astringent wash, gargle

Useful: roots for orange/brown dyes

Habitat: butterflies




Willow dock

Rumex salicifolius

Edible: young leaves as cooked potherb

Medicinal:  antiseptic/astringent wash; stomach aches

Useful: Dye plant; roots used for baskets

Habitat: butterflies




Shrubby butterweed

Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii

Medicinal:  yes

Useful: yellow dyes

Habitat: pollinators, butterflies


1 gallon herbaceous groundcovers - $7.00



Yerba santa

Anemopsis californica

Edible: roots & seeds, cooked

Medicinal:  anti-inflammatory and antibiotic – many uses






Artemisia douglasiana

Edible: seasoning herb

Medicinal:  antiseptic wash; joint pains (very good); stomach/intestinal problems

Habitat: pollinators, butterflies




Salty susan

Jaumea carnosa

Edible: young foliage

Medicinal:  fevers

Habitat: pollinators, butterflies


1 gallon perennial bulbs and succulents - $7.00 - $8.00



*Shaw’s agave

Agave shawii

Edible: flowers, stalks

Medicinal: diuretic & for gas

Useful: fiber




Soap lily

Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Edible: young leaves, shoots – slow-cooked

Medicinal:  antiseptic wash

Useful: mild soap

Habitat: hummingbirds, moths, lg. bees




* Banana yucca

Yucca bacata

Edible: fruits, cooked

Useful: fiber

Habitat: insects & fruit-eating birds


1 gallon grasses/sedges/rushes/cattails - $7.00



Common spikerush

Eleocharis macrostachya

Useful: basketry

Habitat: birds





California rush

Juncus patens

Useful: basketry

Habitat: birds




Pointed Rush

Juncus oxymeris

Habitat: birds




Basket Rush

Juncus textilis

Edible: tubers, cooked

Useful: basketry

Habitat: birds




Small Cattail

Typha angustifolia

Edible: tubers. Flowers, pollen

Medicinal:  pollen used to stop bleeding

Useful: fiber, weaving

Habitat: insects, birds


Non-native shade plants - $8.00





Clivia miniata

Really good deal – these are mature plants in full flower.  Orange lily-like flowers.  Takes very shady conditions.


Small pots: trees, shrubs and sub-shrubs - $4.00




Ericameria nauseosa

Medicinal:  antiseptic skin wash; colds

Useful: good yellow/green dye; insect repellant

Habitat: excellent for pollinators, butterflies, birds. One of the best shrubs for habitat.




Big gumplant

Grindelia camporum

See above (described under 1 gallon)


Small pots: perennials /biennials/annuals - $4.00



Telegraph plant

Heterotheca grandiflora

Medicinal:  antiseptic/antifungal wash; joint pains from injury, arthritis (very good)

Useful: green-yellow dye

Habitat: pollinators, butterflies, finches





* Douglas iris

Iris douglasii

Medicinal:  poultice for infected wounds

Useful: fiber, paper-making

Habitat: insects, hummingbirds




Red monkeyflower

Mimulus cardinalis

Edible: leaves, flowers raw or cooked

Medicinal:  soothing poultice for burns

Habitat: hummingbirds





Common yellow monkeyflower

Mimulus guttatus

Edible: flowers, leaves (raw or cooked)

Medicinal:  astringent poultice

Habitat: Buckeye butterflies, hummingbirds




Hooker’s Primrose

Oenothera elata hookeri

Edible: root (cooked); young shoots (raw or cooked)



Habitat: moths, butterflies, hummingbirds, finches & other seed-eating birds





Pluchea odorata

See above (described under 1 gallon)




Blue-eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium bellum

Medicinal:  tea for stomach ache, fever

Habitat: seed-eating birds


Small pots: groundcovers - $3.00 - $4.00



Fog fruit/ Lippia

Phyla nodiflora

Edible: young leaves for tea

Medicinal:  antiseptic wash; fever, colds

Habitat: Buckeye, Hairstreak butterflies




CA goldenrod

Solidago californica

Edible: dry for tea; young leaves, cooked

Medicinal:  leaved dried or as tea for skin infections, wounds

Useful: lovely yellow dye; hair rinse

Habitat: insect pollinators, butterflies, birds




* Pacific aster

Symphyotrichum chilense

(Aster chilensis)

Habitat: many insect pollinators, butterflies


Small pots: grasses/sedges/rushes/cattails - $2.50



*Dune sedge

Carex pansa

Useful: grass substitute

Habitat: many birds eat the seeds




* Showy sedge

Carex spectabilis

Useful: grass substitute

Habitat: many birds eat the seeds




Creeping wildrye

Leymus triticoides

Edible: seeds

Useful: native sod grass; leaves for basketry

Habitat: many birds eat the seeds

* CA native, but not native to South Bay
** Not a CA native plant