Ecology

Mount Sutro Open Space hosts a variety of native plant communities including some locally rare plants amidst the remnants of Adolph Sutro's eucalyptus plantation. Once common, under pressure from an increasingly urban environment, plants such as California pipevine, fairy bells, hawkweed, and slim Solomon persist on Mount Sutro, preserved as a permanent Open Space. Mount Sutro offers habitat to the city's wildlife residents including skunks, racoon, occasional coyotes, numerous species of birds, salamanders, butterflies, bees, spiders, and many insects.

June 3, 2019

Growing up in the fifties through the seventies, my experience with roses was of the cultivated variety.   Famously large delicate blooms with names like “Sterling Silver” and “Peace” were favorites.  Today, when visiting large rose gardens you can almost always find a...

January 8, 2018

Franciscan wallflower or San Francisco wallflower (Erysimum franciscanum), a rare and endemic plant to California, can be seen growing in coastal scrub and in sandy and rocky bluffs in the Bay Area. Once common throughout San Francisco, it has become rare due to develo...

December 1, 2017

​​Soaproot: A Multi-use Marvel (Chlorogalum pomeridianum)

It’s a cold and rainy November afternoon and winter is tugging at my too-thin flannel shirt. Time to brew some Yerba Buena tea, crank up the laptop and learn something new! The result is this month’s profile, wh...

August 28, 2017

As far back as 1775 and likely much earlier, yerba buena, a California native herb was thriving on the San Francisco peninsula. It was known to be so abundant that native San Franciscans introduced the fragrant herb to Spanish missionaries, who called it yerba buena, m...

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