I live in Escondido and I just wanted to voice an opinion on the name of Baccharis pilularis consanguinea "Pozo Surf". When I first saw this plant at the Escondido nursery a couple of years ago, the impression that the name "Pozo Surf" left in my mind was that of an easy pushover type of plant that lives the good life where winters are 70 degrees and summers are 70 degrees as well, with plenty of winter rain and lots of summer fog.
I have a north slope area of my back yard that sees full shade in the winter, and 112 degrees heat with reflected heat from the fence in the summer. The soil ph is 7.80 with a mixture of compacted clay and gravel, with not-so-great drainage (12-24 hours). It will grow there.
I think that "Parking Strip" is a far better name, because it describes a a very tough plant that will grow in horrendous soil conditions, summer heat, and reflected heat from asphalt and concrete. It is also a plant that is "less tasty" to gophers, as well. It stops erosion from the winter rains and will act like a nurse plant for a Toyon that will not grow without help from a Low and Tough "Parking Strip" Baccharis. This is a wonderful drought-tolerant evergreen landscape plant, that should be given some respect, IMHO.
P.S. I also think that these plants will sell better if the general public is made aware of it as being a tough-as-nails garden tolerant xeriscape plant. I bought two more of them today, and I will be buying more of them in the future..
Baccharis pilularis var. consanguinea 'Pozo Surf' tolerates sand, clay and deer.
Baccharis pilularis var. consanguinea 'Pozo Surf' is great for a butterfly garden.
Foliage of Baccharis pilularis var. consanguinea 'Pozo Surf' has color green and is evergreen.
Flower of Baccharis pilularis var. consanguinea 'Pozo Surf' has color yellow.
Communities for Baccharis pilularis var. consanguinea 'Pozo Surf':Coastal Sage Scrub.
|ph:||6.00 to 8.00|
|usda:||7 to 10|
|height[m]:||0.30 to 1.00|
|width[m]:||1.00 to 2.00|
|rainfall[cm]:||50.00 to 100.00|