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  • Yerba Santa (Holy Plant)

    Yerba Santa was widely used as a medicinal plant by Native Americans  and Spanish priests in the area.

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    California wild grape

    The California wild grape (Vitis californica) is a native climbing vine, producing edible fruit.

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    White Sage

    White sage (Salvia apiana) is considered the most sacred plant for Native Americans, with lots of practical uses as well, as food and medicine.  

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    Purple Sage

    Purple sage (Salvia leucophylla) is easily confused with black sage and sometimes hybridize with other species.

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    Prickly Pear Cactus (beaver tail)

    A valuble and well used member of the Cactus family.

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    Pond

    Man made feature to add moisture for plants and drinking water for animals.

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    Juncus - Common Rush

    Juncus, also called basket rush, (Juncus textilis) is a slim sturdy blade, and a very useful member of the family. 

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    Common Gourd

    Coomon Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima) is known by other names, such as Stinking Gourd or Calabazilla.

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    Common Gourd Fruit

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    Cholla Cactus

    Teddy bear cholla  (Opuntia bigelovii) is just one of a large family of opuntias with easkily dettached spines.

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    Black Sage

    Black sage (Salvia mellifera)  is abundantly found throughout the area, full of light blue flowers from March to June.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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