The South Coast area, roughly speaking, comprises coastal Los Angeles between Long Beach and El Segundo and east to the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains as well as Catalina and San Clemente Islands. The image below shows the South Coast chapter area in red.
The area is home to a large number of native plants. Of the approximately 25,500 vascular plant taxa native to North America north of Mexico (NatureServe.org), about 6 percent (1427 taxa) are found in the South Coast chapter area (CalFlora.org). With such a rich diversity of native plants in our area, our chapter is dedicated to furthering the preservation and conservation of the native flora and plant communities in our area and the appropriate use of native plants in garden settings.
See our list of Redondo and Hermosa Beach back dune plants
It is helpful to print and bring a plant list when visiting one of our natural areas, because they can help locate plants and confirm identifications.
See our Local Plant Lists page to download plant species lists for local natural areas.
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South Coast Chapter Resources for Local Native Plants
Apr 21 2021In Hermosa Beach and other local beach cities, most of the built space resides upon old back dunes. Back dune refers to established dunes in a coastal setting that are detached from the shoreline by other dunes referred to as foredunes. The soil tends to be sandy and well-draining and the shapes of the local…