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The Hills Are Alive
updated: Feb 19, 2013, 10:27 AM

By Larry See

The hills are alive with Native ceanothus blooms. White "Buckthorn" Ceanothus looks like snow covering the hillsides. Close-up pic shows the individual 5-petal flowers. The Blue Ceanothus is just now starting to show also.

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 COMMENT 376122 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:13 AM

Beautiful pics <3


 COMMENT 376167P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:09 PM

When I was in the Scouts, I learned that the Chumash used these flowers for soap.


 COMMENT 376173P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:29 PM

The plants on the south-facing slopes are white Bigpod Ceanothus. On the north and further into the backcountry, white Buckbrush are just starting - when Bigpod Cenothus have been blooming for several weeks.

Here are some fun maps - scroll to bottom:
Distribution of Bigpod

Distribution of Buckbrush (if you go to Figueroa Mountain, etc, that is what you will see)

And the "blue" is probably Green-bark Ceanothus:

Also, Hoary Ceanothus grows in the mountains:

The hills are alive with variety. We are very fortunate, and it is a lot of fun to learn about it.


 COMMENT 376206 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 01:40 PM

@167P: I think the berries on the Blue "greenbark" variety is what youre thinking about. When you touch the berries in the summer, they are very 'slimy'.


 COMMENT 376240 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 02:37 PM



 COMMENT 376524 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:52 AM

Photo is buckthorn. Ceanothus is just beginning to open and is mostly blue in color


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