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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

Coastal Bluffs

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Castilleja mendocinensis gallery image
Dudleya farinosa gallery image
Angelica hendersonii gallery image
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Lampranthus spectabilis ‘Ice Plant’ we practice bi-annual removal of this colorful invasive plant from the native grasslands on our coastal bluffs gallery image
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Sanicula arctopoides
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Just past The Cliff House and along the edges of the coastal bluff (please stay back from the edge) are plants adapted to poor, rocky soils and salt-laden winds. They are tough, often low-growing plants that have adapted to the windswept, sometimes fog-bound climate. Spring visitors may see California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), angelica (Angelica hendersonii), live-forever (Dudleya farinosa), golden yarrow (Eriophyllum staechadifolium), seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus), stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium), and pearlwort (Sagina procumbens). This environment is fragile and we have taken steps to route bluff-accessible paths that avoid the richest concentrations of our native wildflowers and that help control erosion.

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