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Revegetation Work Parties:
Work parties are held from October through March each year. We will be planting and weeding in and around our native plant garden. Meet south of the Ladara parking lot. Additional work parties can be planned for volunteer organizations.

Schedule (9 am - noon except as noted):

  • Saturday January 25

Contact Information:
Work party information

Plant List:
For a list of the native plants approved for restoration of the Cliffs park click here (pdf file)

Related websites and books:

For photos of native wildflowers visit:

For photos of invasive plants (non-native plants) visit:

For more native plant information contact: CNPS

To see Famosa Slough plant information:
Native Plants
Non-native Plants
Plant Quiz

For information about the plants of Point Loma visit:
Cabrillo National Monument

Three excellent books for photos and information about Southern California native plants:

James Lightner "San Diego County Native Plants"

Nancy Dale "Flowering Plants"

Chapter 4: A Mediteranian Place: Plant Communities
Cabrillo National Monument Foundation
"Understanding the LIfe of Point Loma"

Sunset Cliffs Plants

The plants in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park are a combination of native and non-native species. Most areas that once were vegetated by about 75 native species have, through the conscious planting or by invasion from natural or unnatural carriers, been replaced with aggressive non-natives. The Park Master Plan sets as a goal the elimination of all but the native species. Work has begun in on area to create a garden that demonstrates the beauty and diversity of the native plants that once dominated the area.

Native Plants

Sunset Cliffs Demonstration Garden     April 2010

In spite of the relatively small area of the park, several distinct plant habitats exist. These are classified sage scrub, southern maritime chaparral, and coastal bluff scrub. These are part of what is termed Mediterrainian plant habitat--habitats unique to five cold sea current coastal areas of the world with warm summers and low winter rainfall. Plants in these communities have adapted to survive long periods without water through various means. Many plants will go dormant in summer, loosing all their leaves but ready to put out new growth with the first rains of fall. Others have waxy leaves to conserve water or store water in stems or roots.

A project to restore native plants at the 68-acre Sunset Cliffs Natural Park begun in 2005 has made steady progress. The timing of this year's rains has stimulated the best growth and recruitment yet. The two-acre garden area (about 100 yards south of the Ladera Street parking lot) has been cleared, planted, and maintained by neighborhood volunteers and several student groups.

Invasive and Exotic Plants

A biological survey of the entire park conducted in 2003 identified not only 75 native plant species but also a similar number of exotics plants. These plants compete with native plants for water, light, and nutrients. The most prevalent and problematic are the several species of annual grasses, crown daisies, and cheeseweed. The removal of these plants is needed to create a native habitat preferred by the birds and other animals who use the park.

For information: SCNP information