One quintessential native plant is our beloved Ceanothus or California lilac. It is one of the earliest spring shrubs to bloom, along with manzanita, and provides much needed pollen and nectar to native pollinators and honeybees. Many varieties have a sweet fragrance, hence their common name. These plants are ideally adapted to our short winter rain season and dry summers. They will get by with little or no irrigation after the first season. Birds enjoy the twiggy growth of Ceanothus to find refuge and for nest building. They also relish the small seeds that ripen in the fall.
February Plant Pick: Ceanothus
January 23, 2017