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Albright-Souza Miner's Lettuce Salad

California Native Edible; Miner’s Lettuce

Grandpa was born in 1901 in the small California mining town of Bodie.  At least, that’s the family legend. Bodie is now an official “ghost town” of the American West and is designated a National Historical Landmark that is well worth a visit. I suspect that this family connection to mining lore was part of […]

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California Ceanothus

California Blue; Appreciating Native Ceanothus

The common name California Lilac is nice but, in my mind, doesn’t adequately describe our lovely native plant with the botanical name Ceanothus. Yes, some of the varieties have lavender blossoms or buds but the genus specializes in shades of blue that would make a common garden lilac blue with envy. The Ceanothus color spectrum […]

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