Soil and climate notes:
and cool chaparral along the Northern California Coast. Plants from
this area lend themselves to regular garden conditions.
annual rainfall in the Northern Coastal Scrub plant community can vary
from 25 to 75 inches. Temperatures remain mild throughout the year
because of the proximity to the ocean. Although the temperature is mild
here the wind and salt spray make this a harsh environment for plants.
Plants remain low forming a dense or open scrub. This cover is home to
such birds as the California Thrasher, a species endemic to California.
The California Thrasher enjoys thrashing around in the leaf litter for
insects. It is quite a fascinating and entertaining bird to watch. In
the spring this plant community is in full bloom making quite a show of
The Northern Coastal Scrub plant community is found near the
ocean along northern California's coastline. The Northern Coastal Scrub
forms a narrow band between the beach and the forest. Some common
species include California
Lilac (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var.
Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum staechadifolium) Seaside Daisy (Erigeron
glaucus), and Sticky Monkey
aurantiacus). Thimbleberry and
are also prevalent in the coastal sage scrub plant community.
There are a few cities and towns in Northern
Don't lock yourself in to an absolute description of these
plant communities, because they are essentially mosaics, and again,
lots of times you cannot tell where one starts and the other ends. On
one beachfront property, you may have three plant communities; for
Strand, Northern Coastal Scrub, and Redwood