New Neighborhood Voice

August 1, 2004

Arvind Kumar's Summer Plants

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The summer-blooming Flat-top Buckwheat
(Eriogonum fasciculatum) attracts butterflies,
bees, and flies of all kinds. Looks nice, too.

With its 3” shapely dark green leaves and mahogany
stems, Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica) is easily
the most handsome of shrubs in a garden


The tiny white-pink flowers of Narrow-
leaved Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis)
occur in dense umbels, and draw butterflies
like this Western Tiger Swallowtail

The Blue Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana)
is a fast-growing tree that
is covered with sprays of
cream-colored flowers in
spring and pale blue
berries in early summer

This 25’ specimen of Holly-leaved Cherry
(Prunus ilicifolia) was in full bloom in April

(Photos by Arvind Kumar)

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