DUNE HABITAT

DESCRIPTION

A plant community characterized by low growing salt, wind, fog and drought resistant shrubs adapted to our Mediterranean climate of dry summers and rainy winters. The leaves of many shrubs are blue-grey in order to reflect heat, and are soft to touch but durable against the elements. Some, like Beach Primrose, have a flowering season that can last many months. Their stems are woody and easily broken so always step around them. 

SOIL

All sand to sandy mixture. Plants require good drainage.

WHERE TO FIND LOCALLY

The LAX Coastal Dunes Improvement Project between Vista del Mar highway and LAX runways.

https://www.santamonicabay.org/friends-of-the-lax-dunes/ 

DUNE PLANT and WILDLIFE COMMUNITY

Beach Primrose, the official City Flower of Manhattan Beach, still grows wild along the dunes just west of THE STRAND. This heavy bloomer provides nectar and seeds to a variety of birds and insects. Dune Buckwheat, another local, is an essential host plant for El Segundo Blue Butterfly caterpillars, and provides food and cover for Square-spotted Blue and Dotted Blue Butterflies as well.

IF YOU PLANT IT ------------->

THEY WILL COME!

  1. Pink Sand Verbena                                         (Abronia umbellata)

  2. Big Saltbush                                                     (Atriplex lentiformis)

  3. Beach Primrose                                       (Camissonia cheiranthifolia)

  4. Dune or Sea Cliff Buckwheat                 (Eriogonum parvifolium)

  5. Seaside Daisy or Beach Aster                     (Erigeron glaucus)

  6. Sanddune Wallflower                       (Erysimum capitatum)

  7. Coastal California Poppies                             (Eschscholzia californica maritima)

  8. Seaside Heliotrope     (Heliotropum curassavicum var. oculatum)

  9. Deerweed                                                    (Lotus scoparius)

  10. Dune Bush Lupine                                             (Lupinus chamissonis)

  11. Miniature Lupine                                      (Lupinus bicolor)

  1. White-lined Sphinx Moth; Acmon, El Segundo and other Blue Butterflies

  2. Horned Toad; Sootywing and Western Pygmy Blue Butterflies

  3. Western Fence Lizard; Acmon Blue Butterfly; House Finch 

  4. El Segundo Blue, Square-spotted, and Dotted Blue Butterflies

  5. Host plant of Orange Tortrix Moth caterpillars; Bees

  6. Host plant of Sara Orangetip and Large Marble Butterfly Caterpillars  

  7. Yellow-faced Bumblebee; dozens of solitary native bee species; Crab Spider

  8. Celery Leafier and Blue Butterflies;  birds  consume berries

  9. Orange Sulphur, Acmon Blue and Silver spotted Skipper Butterflies

  10. Sweetclover Root Borer Moth; Bumble and Honey Bees; birds consume seeds

  11. Likely host plant for over 50 species of butterflies! Birds consume seeds

The dunes are alive with Fence Lizards, Acmon Blue Butterflies, Crab Spiders and Bumble Bees. Beach Primrose and Dune Poppies attract them.

WHERE TO PURCHASE CALIFORNIA

NATIVE PLANTS

* Educational websites 

MANHATTAN BEACH                                       

Deep Roots Nursery                                        

207 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
                      

310-376-0567                 

https://www.deep-roots.net/gardencenter/ 

EL SEGUNDO                                      

International Garden Center                          

155 N. Sepulveda Blvd.                      

310-615-0353http://igardencenter.com

REDONDO BEACH                                          

South Bay Gardens                                       

2501 Manhattan Beach Blvd.              

 310-536-9116 

http://southbaygarden.com 

SAN PEDRO                                                          

White Point Nature Center                         

EVENTS on website tells monthly sale             

16oo Paseo del Mar (Access via Western Ave.)

310 561-0917 

https://pvplc.org/_lands/whitepoint.asp 

PALOS VERDES PENINSULA                   

Natural Landscapes                              

Contact Tony Baker 
for appointment:

310-377-2536   

baker@natural-landscapes.com 

South Coast Botanic Garden                            

26300 Crenshaw Blvd.


310-544-1948 

https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org 

LOS ANGELES                                                             

* Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants                 

10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley

818-768-1802 (days/hours seasonal, call first) 

www.theodorepayne.org 

 

Grow Native Nursery – Part of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden          

1500 N. College Ave.
 Claremont          

909-625-8767                            

www.rsabg.org 

Marina del Rey Garden Center                                             

13198 Mindanao Way                      

310 823-5956 

www.marinagardencenter.com/ 

* Matilija Nursery                                               

8225 Waters Road, Moorpark              

805 523-8604 (call for hours) 

http://www.matilijanursery.com

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA                                         

* Tree of Life Nursery
                     

33201 Ortega Highway


P.O. Box 635


San Juan Capistrano                   

949-728-0685 (call for retail hours) 

www.treeoflifenursery.com 

* Las Pilitas Online Nursery                                               

8331 Nelson Way,
Escondido              

760-749-5930  

www.laspilitas.com (Great website!) 

* OTHERS 

California Native Plant Society (CNPS): www.cnps.org
   

CNPS Local Chapter: http://sccnps.org 

El Nativo Growers : www.elnativogrowers.com                          

Native Sons: www.nativeson.com                                

Moosa Creek Nursery: http://www.moosacreeknursery.com

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