Six Plants: San Elijo Lagoon Plant Index

Blue eyedFor my first plant, I thought the Blue-Eyed grass sounded most interesting out of the highlighted plants, once I clicked on it I realized that I have seen this plant on hikes and other photo shoots. I found out that at night the Blue-Eyed grass closes unlike most flower species. The roots were also used as a fever reducer by the Spanish and this has been a native California plant for many generations. I chose this plant because I have seen it at so many locations around SD. Also I really enjoy the look of this plant and think it is very interesting to photograph, the base of the blue petal is a bright yellow circle that mend together all around the pistil or stamen which created the yellow spot in the center of the flower.

black sage
The second plant is Black sage, I think that the color of this plants flowers being white contradicts its name which is Interesting. I also read that it comes from the mint family which gives off a strong scent. The human uses can follow the Kumeyaay people used this plant for the flu and arthritis treatment. I chose this plant because I know that sage plants have a hard time living in dry conditions. I would think California would be a bad fit but I read that this plant adapted for the harsh conditions to where the leaves shrivel during the summer so the plant can survive.


The third plant is Coyote Brush, I know about this plant because it is local to where I live. When I read that this plant is part of the sunflower family, this plant also got its name because of its leaves look like coyote paws. I also really enjoy how this plant looks during its “bloom” where the plant looks like one giant cotton ball. The human uses for this plant was that the small spines were used for a toothbrush.


The fourth plant I chose is the lemonade berry, I had interest in this plant because I witnessed it on the botanical garden field trip. This plants seeds were used as an additive to water to drink. I find the berries very interesting because of the tase and when they bloom into flowers they lose that flavor. This plant is under the same classification as poison ivy, cashews and mangos which I found was very unique.  The plant also has very thick leaves which allows them to stay green through the summer.


The fifth plant I chose was the Mule fat, I really thought this name was funny. This plant was used as a quick fire starter in the past. This plant is part of the Asteraceae, which is part of the largest family of vascular plants in the Northern Hemisphere. I also found out that the male and female flowers are on separate plants. These plants thrive in in run off channels as well.


The last plant/tree I chose was the Torrey Pine, this is a very special tree in north America. The most prestigious golf course in San Diego has this tree as its logo and name. The human uses for this tree was the nuts which were used as snacks. This tree is also the rarest tree and only lives on the Santa Rosa island. This tree is one of 18 pine classifications in California. I chose this tree because I was able to visit one in the past and I was amazed by the beauty. There is still mystery behind who and when this tree was introduced to California.

PC: San Elijo Conservancy 


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