This December, we're staying close to civilization in case this one turns into a mud climb. Black Mountain Open Space is a bastion of native coastal sage scrub and chaparral that is dear to many in CNPS-SD. It is the site of a successful restoration program and contains many rare local native plant species. While winter doesn't logically seem to be best time for flowers, we'll be passing a number of (hopefully) flowering native shrubs and perennials including Mission manzanita (Xylococcus bicolor), California adolphia (Adolphia californica), Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea), and fingers crossed, the rare fern leaved shrub in Rosaceae: Southern Mountain Misery (Chamaebatia australis).
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