• CA Native Seedlings

    Existing and introduced California native and non native seedling photos

     –How to tell natives from weeds-
    All plants shown are photographed by me on on my property, in the seedling stage, to make it easy to distinguish the natives from the non natives when weeding. All these plants were existing here, were introduced by me or are non native weeds, meaning ones I choose to eradicate, if I can, or at least to decrease them.

    The property location is 30 miles due south of Yosemite, California at 3000 feet, in the midst of Ponderosa pines, Black, Interior Oaks and Oracle Oaks. The other existing plants here on our 7 arces is listed in the Tab Existing Native Plants.

    In the seed packs, I planted the native wildflower seeds so I could identify them as they sprouted. This was a big learning experience!

    I have coded these as: X for existing plants, CA for California natives, I for introduced plants and W for (existing)non native weeds.  Please help with any errors you see. Thanks!




    Posts having to do with this list are Meadow Planting.
    Nov 2010   Do you dream of a natural and beautiful wildflower meadow?
    Dec 2010   Let’s check for progress on the meadow!

    Weeding the meadow
    Feb 2011   How to weed a meadow in the Sierra Foothills
    March 2011 Let’s check on Fall and Winter projects!

    6 Responses to CA Native Seedlings

    1. Patty
      March 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

      Love your photographs of diverse weeds you’ve found. I’ve been able to identify some of the weeds that I have in my garden. I live in Spain, but I’m in expat from California living in Sant Cugat de Valles, a small town in the outskirts of Barcelona. I have a small garden with about 110 sq mt of unpaved ground. I pull out weeds every month and mutter under my breath the renewed appearance of these weeds. However, I will say that between my yanking out of weeds and cursing them between breaths, there was always that, “Hmm, what type of weeds are these?” So far I’ve identified Chickweed Stellaria media W, Purslane Portulaca oleracea W, Love in a mist, Nigella damascena I, Mouse-ear Chickweed, Cerastium fontanum W, Globe Gilia, Gilia capitata CA I, California Poppy Eschscholzia californica CA X, Five Spot, and Nemophila maculata. I see that CA is added after most weeds, but let me tell you there isn’t too much difference in their Spainish counter parts. So thanks for your hard work to identify them! –Patty

    2. March 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Patty. It’s been an eye opening and absorbing project for the rainy winter, as these seedlings develop, started out of necessity, really, because of planting a meadow last October. I’d like to add more grass seedlings as I identify them. It’s interesting that we are weeding the same weeds in two such faraway places!

    3. Stone
      May 6, 2012 at 12:42 am

      I am moving home to the Sierra Foothills region 6/7/12. The Camp Connell area. Is there somewhere that I can order on line or puchase close by many of the perrenial/annual flowers to get my 4 raised beds well stocked and designed?? I am anxious to get started!!! Thank You….Stone

      • May 6, 2012 at 6:55 am

        Hi Stone, best wishes for your move here to the beautiful Sierra Foothills. Angels Camp is likely the closest place to shop for plants near your new location. Angel’s Camp, a small historical mining town is only one of the quaint towns along Hwy 49, the Golden Chain Highway. I hope you get some good tips on gardening here from my blog..My garden has been a satisfying experiment here in deer and snow country.

    4. July 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm

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