USA - Pacific States forum: Santa Monica Mountains, California - In and Out of Season - November 2011

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Dec 5, 2011 3:04 PM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
Maybe scale broom isn't all that exciting, but you have to take what you get.
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This fuchsia-flowering gooseberry is blooming early.
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ashy leafed buckwheat
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Mule fat has separate male and female plants. I think this one is male.
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This Ceanothus megacarpus is blooming early.
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If toyon isn't one of your favorites, what's wrong with you? Sticking tongue out
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telegraph weed
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lemonade berry flower buds
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mugwort has fragrant leaves
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Zuma Canyon Creek
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Jan 23, 2012 6:22 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Is the name lemonade berry flower , significant?
Does it smell or taste like lemons?
Jan 23, 2012 10:49 AM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
They say that you can make a drink that tastes like lemonade with the fruits, water, and lots of sugar. (Lemonade berry is in the sumac family, and there is a plant in the Middle East or Mediterranean region that is called sumac. It is used to give lemon flavor to food.
Jan 23, 2012 10:58 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Very interesting
I would not have guessed sumac , the leaves look succulent like.
My Mom told me the Native Americans use to make a tea from the local sumac , I have not tried it but she did, and said it was sour ''not to her liking'' and much preferred sassafras.

I very much enjoy your walks, it is great to see things that grow in other parts of the country.
Thanks for sharing
Jan 23, 2012 11:21 AM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
You're welcome.

Some of the sumac family plants we have out here have leathery, evergreen leaves (sugar bush, lemonade berry, laurel sumac). The deciduous ones (basketbush, poison oak) turn red in the fall. These all are part of our coastal scrub vegetation. I kind of remember the staghorn sumac that you have back there. Does it have kind of a smell? Laurel sumac has a bit of a smell. It isn't all that bad but it isn't all that good, either.
Jan 26, 2012 7:45 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Oh yes the smell is kinda a cross between sewer and skunk, but the flower/ seed pods don't seem to smell , just the other parts of the plant.
Jan 29, 2012 6:13 AM CST
"...cross between sewer and skunk...", I'd hate to imagine. Very nice photos, by the way, Kelli.
Jan 29, 2012 10:57 AM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
Thank you

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