Flowers-Shrubs

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Species Description
Blue Huckleberry

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The hardy Blue Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) shrubs can grow in almost full sun to the deep shade of the forest. The ones in sunnier locations produce many small, pinkish bell shaped flowers followed in summer by small, deep blue to black berries. Lots of work to pick enough but worth the effort. Just get to them before the birds. The related Red Huckleberry has more feathery branching, less showy flowers and produces red berries.
Sticky Monkey flower

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The Sticky Monkey flower(Mimulus aurantiacus) produces its gold flowers in dryer areas, such as along the south side of Annapolis road, just east of Route 1.
Coyote Bush

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
Coyote Bush shrubs (Baccharis pilularis) provide the latest blooming, with the small, pale yellow flowers on male plants in Autumn followed into Winter by the white puffs of seeds from the female plants. These shrubs can be found in or around meadow areas throughout The Sea Ranch.
Flowering Currant

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) shrubs has flower clumps that look like bunches of bright pink grapes. It can be found near the forests or planted near homes.
Bush Lupine

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
While most of the Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus) on The Sea Ranch are the introduced ones with yellow flowers, occasional shrubs with blue flowers of the indigenous species are found. Most of the shrubs along the Jenner Grade are the indigenous type.
Hairy Manzanita

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The Hairy Manzanita (Arctostaphylos columbiana) can be found at the higher slopes and sunny places along the ridge. The shrubs produce bell shaped flowers, followed later in the year by reddish berries. Some other local plants are in the same family with similar flowers but look quite different from each other. These are Salal, Red and Blue Huckleberry, Madrone, Rhododendron and Azalea.
Blue Blossom

Photo by Mary Hunter
While many members of the Ceanothus genus are planted around private dwellilngs, the indigenous Blue blossom (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus) shrubs can be found in bloom in sunny spots in or near the forests.
Red Elderberry

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The large, deciduous shrubs of Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) produce clusters of white flowers in the spring season. A nice thicket can be found along Annapolis Road between the CalFire station and The Sea Ranch Association offices.
Big Leaf Rhododendron


Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The showy deep pink flowers and tall stems of the Big Leaf Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) look almost tropical growing amidst the ferns and trees of the redwood forests. These can be best seen in redwood forest sections.
Western Azalea


Photo by Jonathan Raymond
This medium to tall deciduous shrub (Rhododendron occidentalis) produces masses of deep pink to almost white flowers. A particularly showy group is along the Northern edge of the Chapel grounds.

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