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.
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.
DUNE PLANT and WILDLIFE COMMUNITY
Beach Primrose is the official City Flower of Manhattan Beach, and it 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!
Pink Sand Verbena (Abronia umbellata)
Big Saltbush (Atriplex lentiformis)
Beach Primrose (Camissonia cheiranthifolia)
Dune or Sea Cliff Buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium)
Seaside Daisy or Beach Aster (Erigeron glaucus)
Sanddune Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum)
Coastal California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica maritima)
Seaside Heliotrope (Heliotropum curassavicum var. oculatum)
Deerweed (Lotus scoparius)
Dune Bush Lupine (Lupinus chamissonis)
Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor)
White-lined Sphinx Moth; Acmon, El Segundo and other Blue Butterflies
Horned Toad; Sootywing and Western Pygmy Blue Butterflies
Western Fence Lizard; Acmon Blue Butterfly; House Finch
El Segundo Blue, Square-spotted, and Dotted Blue Butterflies
Host plant of Orange Tortrix Moth caterpillars; Bees
Host plant of Sara Orangetip and Large Marble Butterfly Caterpillars
Yellow-faced Bumblebee; dozens of solitary native bee species; Crab Spider
Celery Leafier and Blue Butterflies; birds consume berries
Orange Sulphur, Acmon Blue and Silver spotted Skipper Butterflies
Sweetclover Root Borer Moth; Bumble and Honey Bees; birds consume seeds
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.
Beach Bluff Restoration Project: https://www.urbanwildlands.org/bbrp.html
Las Pilitas Online Nursery: www.laspilitas.com
Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants: www.theodorepayne.org
California Native Plant Society chapters:
Palos Verdes/South Bay/South Coast www.sccnps.org
Santa Monica/Los Angeles www.lasmmcnps.org
iBird PRO app
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Peterson Field Guides Western Birds
UC Davis IPM (Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program) www.ipm.ucanr.edu
Simple Planting Tips
Theodore Payne Foundation link to Getting Started with Natives:
WHERE TO PURCHASE CALIFORNIA
* Educational websites
Deep Roots Nursery
207 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
International Garden Center
155 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
South Bay Gardens
2501 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
White Point Nature Center
EVENTS on website tells monthly sale
16oo Paseo del Mar (Access via Western Ave.)
PALOS VERDES PENINSULA
Contact Tony Baker for appointment:
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
* Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants
10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley
818-768-1802 (days/hours seasonal, call first)
Grow Native Nursery – Part of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave. Claremont
Marina del Rey Garden Center
13198 Mindanao Way
* Matilija Nursery
8225 Waters Road, Moorpark
805 523-8604 (call for hours)
* Tree of Life Nursery
33201 Ortega Highway
P.O. Box 635
San Juan Capistrano
949-728-0685 (call for retail hours)
* Las Pilitas Online Nursery
8331 Nelson Way, Escondido
www.laspilitas.com (Great website!)
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