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Flora of Bolsa Chica

The Plants of Bolsa Chica
Flora of Bolsa Chica

Explore some of the variety of Flora found at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and wetlands.

Coastal Sage Scrub Plants found on the Bolsa Chica Mesa

  • sunflower

    Photograph courtesy of Jane Lazarz 

    A dominant indigenous plant on Bolsa Chica Mesa; starts blooming with the winter rains and into early spring; the brilliant yellow daisy-like flowers cover the Mesa bluffs especially during February and March; plant grows up to 3 feet high, and 4 feet wide.

Coastal Strand Habitat Plants found at the Sand Dunes of Bolsa Chica


    A parasite which grows on top of plants. It looks like bright orange hair, often covering entire plants. Since it has no chlorophyll it depends on green plants for food.

Wetlands Plants found at the Bolsa Chica

  • Frankenia salina alkali heath 2Photograph courtesy of Erin Chin

    Low bushy perennial which grows to about 12 inches tall at the edge of the marsh.  Small pink flowers bloom in the summer supported by small oval leaves.

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