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Plant Identification: SOLVED: plant that hugs hillside in Los Angeles; what is it?

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garden18
Sherman Oaks, CA

February 3, 2013
11:26 AM

Post #9407060

This plant hugs a hillside on Beverly Glen Boulevard in Los Angeles. It self-sows on this nearly vertical terrain.

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growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 3, 2013
12:02 PM

Post #9407093

Reminds me of something in the Boraginaceae family. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/b/Boraginaceae/none/none/cultivar/0
Your plant reminds me of something I saw in southern Mexico growing on hillsides but I didn't get a pic.
garden18
Sherman Oaks, CA

February 3, 2013
1:40 PM

Post #9407191

Growin, you are correct, it is a member of Boraginaceae family. It's called fiberglass plant (Wigandia urens) on account of its prickly trichomes (hairs) that cover the leaves.
garden18
Sherman Oaks, CA

February 3, 2013
2:01 PM

Post #9407214

Actually, I think it belongs to Hydrophyllaceae family.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 3, 2013
2:05 PM

Post #9407220

It actually looks to be in the Hydrophyllaceae although it seems to be so closely related. I noticed these in the gravel on the side of the road growing at the edge mostly. I thought it was just a big perennial.
garden18
Sherman Oaks, CA

February 3, 2013
2:06 PM

Post #9407223

Well, in fact, Hydrophyllaceae appears to be a sub-group of Boraginaceae.

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