Ceanothus cuneatus is a spreading evergreen shrub reaching up to 9 feet in height. The bush flowers abundantly in short, thick-stalked racemes bearing rounded bunches of tiny white flowers.
Rubus ursinus is a wide, mounding shrub or vine, growing up to 5 feet and more than 6 feet wide. The prickly branches can take root if they touch soil, enabling the plant to spread and form larger colonies. The fruits mature in early July. On Foxtail Farm we enjoy the fresh blackberry fruit and make blackberry jam which we serve with breakfast.
Rosa californica is native to chaparral and woodlands in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The plant can survive drought, through it grows most abundantly in moist soils near water. The fragrant flowers are open-faced and flat wiuth five petals in any shade of pink from white to deep magenta. It produces rose hips containing yellow seeds. In 2017 we discovered a specimen near the house.
Fremontodendron californicum is a flowering evergreen hardwood shrub or small multi-trunked tree, growing from 8–18 feet in height and 6–10 feet in width. The leaves are olive to gray-green, fuzzy and flannel-like. The hairs covering the leaves are easily brushed off and can be a skin and eye irritant. The large flowers are a rich yellow with each petal having a curved shape that comes to a point.
Ericameria arborescens is a flowering plant in the daisy family. This resinous, glandular shrub has many erect branches covered in very thin, needle-like leaves. Atop each stem is an inflorescence of many bright golden flowers.
Chamaebatia foliolosa is a species of evergreen shrub in the rose family. The Miwok tribe's name for the plant was kit-kit-dizze. It was used as an herbal remedy for colds, rheumatism, chicken pox, measles, smallpox and other diseases. It is found all over the Foxtail Farm property.
Western Poison Oak
Toxicodendron diversilobum is a woody vine or shrub that can be found in the conifer and mixed broadleaf forests, woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral. Which means it is found here on Foxtail Farm. Most of these plants have been cleared from the areas around the house, there are however many places on the property and on the trails where the plant continues to grow. The leaves are highly variable and in fall turn red. The leaves and twigs have a surface oil, urushiol, which causes contact dermatitis. Please avoid this plant. For more information Click Here.
White Bark Raspberry
Rubus leucodermis var. leucodermis is a deciduous shrub with prickly shoots. The leaves are pinnate, with five leaflets on leaves' strong-growing stems in their first year, and three leaflets on leaves on flowering branchlets with white flowers. The fruit is red to reddish-purple at first, turning dark purple to nearly black when ripe. We have one specimen on the property that has been found thus far.
Arctostaphylos viscida is a treelike shrub that can grow up to 16 feet. The stems may be smooth or fuzzy and the leaves are rounded to oval and pale green. The shrub flowers in winter with urn-shaped white to pale pink flowers. On Foxtail Farm there are multiple specimens of all ages to be found near the house and on the trails.
Eriodictyon californicum is a shrub growing up to 8 feet and typically found in clonal stands. Native americas have used the leaves as a poultice for wounds, insect bites, and sores. It also is a habit plant and food for the Swallowtail butterfly. This shrub grows everywhere on the Foxtail Farm property. For more information on it's medicinal properties, click here.