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CsCoastal Scrub

Coastal Scrub is found between coastal bluffs to areas far inland and is characterized by low growing drought-deciduous shrubs and perennials. Winds, a variety of soils, and low amounts of precipitation have forced plants to evolve into a diverse group of tough, aromatic plants. As this plant community has evolved in an environment similar to Chaparral but exhibits soft, fleshy leaves rather than stiff, waxy cuticles, this group of plants is commonly referred to as “Soft Chaparral”.


Common Plants of the Coastal Sage Scrub

Associated & Transition Trees Dominant Shrubs, Perennials, Grasses & Annuals
Cupressus macrocarpa, Monterey Cypress
Adenostoma fasciculatum, Chamise
Pinus radiata, Monterey Pine
Agave shawii, Shaw's Agave
Pinus torreyana, Torrey Pine
Arctostaphylos species, Manzanita
Quercus agrifolia, Coast Live Oak
Artemisia species, Sagebrush
  Baccharis species, Coyote Brush
  Bothriochloa barbinodis, Cane Bluestem
  Calystegia macrostegia, California Morning Glory
  Carex pansa, California Meadow Sedge
  Carex praegricils, Clustered Field Sedge
  Coreopsis gigantea, Giant Coreopsis
  Ceanothus species, California Lilac
  Dudleya species, Dudleya
  Leymus condensatus, Wild Rye
  Encelia californica, California Sunflower
  Eriogonum fasciculatum, California Buckwheat
  Lotus scoparius, Deerweed
  Melica species, Melic
  Mimulus species, Monkeyflower
  Salvia apiana, White Sage
  Salvia leucophylla, Purple Sage
  Salvia millifera, Black Sage

Note: The above lists note some species found in coastal sage scrub communities locatated throughout the state. A combination of these plants, not necessarily all, will constitute the dominant plant material in this specific plant community. This information is intended to be a primer on the plant communites in California.  View this article for information on references and further reading. 


Designates plant occurs in Riparian area.

Plant Communitiy Photos

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