PLANT OF THE MONTH
is a must have for butterfly gardens. It has a wide native range and is widely found in San Diego county. It is a perennial with 3' tall stem and large (but narrow) five inch leaves, and a five inch or so flower cluster. Milkweed tends to go dormant in the winter and regenerate the next year.The alkaloids associated with this plant give the butterfly larvae that feed on it protection from predators but if the butterfly has not evolved with that particular milkweed they have no tolerance for the particular alkaloid of the species. In general it is larval food plant for the Monarch butterfly
, as well as a range of other butterflies. In our area, this plant is covered with monarch caterpillars during the summer. Asclepias fascicularis can tolerate coastal clays.
Every purchase of our "Plant of the Month" at our retail nursery partners will generate a $0.50 donation to PLANT WITH PURPOSE
to help villages in third world economies restore farms, plant trees and create local jobs.
GARDEN OF THE MONTH
Marian Bear Memorial Park
Marian Bear Memorial Park is located in San Clemente Canyon stretching from Interstate 5 to Interstate 805. The park provides a natural setting in the midst of a bustling urban area. The 467 acres of dedicated natural parkland include finger canyons and mesas on the south side with a rich and diverse history.
The park is named for Marian Bear, an active community leader and environmentalist, who worked tirelessly to preserve the canyons in their natural state. She was the driving force behind realigning the highway from the canyon floor to the north hillsides.
The public can enjoy over three miles of mostly flat trails along the length of the canyon. More challenging hiking is available on the trails in several of the finger canyons leading up to the mesa tops. Biking is permitted on the maintenance roads in the canyon; no equestrian use is permitted. Major entries to the park are off Genesee Avenue and Regents Road where parking and picnic areas with restroom facilities are available.
Su, Abi, Adolfo, Dario, Emeterio, Maria, Mariano, Teresa , Susan and Valentina
Moosa Creek Nursery