Plants after the Wildfire

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the plants in the burn area of Rancho Canada del Oro. The plants I saw looked as good as our plants that get water. This post compares plants at the burn area and with those at home. Photos of my plants were taken today, one week after the hike.

Fescue

The new growth on the fescue in the burn area looked like our California fescues (festuca californica) that we had trimmed a month ago.

fescue shoots after the burn
fescue shoots after the burn
festuca californica
our festuca californica

Epilobium canum

I was surprised that the epilobium canum (California fuschia) at Rancho Canada del Oro looked this good with only .75 inches of rain since July.

epilobium canum in the ravine
epilobium canum in the ravine

The long leaves look more similar to this epilobium canum ‘Catalina’ at home. We have some shorter California fuschias that have gone to seed, but these are are a closer match.

epilobium canum in our backyard
epilobium canum in our backyard

Asclepias fascicularis

Here’s asclepias fascicularis from the burn. 

asclepias fascicularis
asclepias fascicularis

Ours looks better, but it hasn’t been burnt and without water for the past four months.

asclepias fascicularis
asclepias fascicularis

The plants in the burn area look great, especially considering that they’ve gotten little rain since the July fire. They’re almost as good as our plants that get water.

In conclusion, several varieties of California native plants survived the July wildfire, and they’re doing almost as well as similar plants that we water.

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charley280

I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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