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The top 10 annual and perennial herbaceous plants after the October 2007 Rice fire in Fallbrook.

Top 10 2008

From the San Diego Wildfires Education Project:
In responding to fire, chaparral shrubs and herbaceous perennials can be classified into five different groups, each with its own survival strategy:

Obligate resprouters: Survive fires by resprouting only (toyon and scrub oak).

Obligate seeders: Adult plants die in fire. Seeds require a fire cue to germinate (ceanothus).

Endemic fire followers: Annuals. Seeds require a fire cue to germinate (whispering bells).

Facultative seeders: Adult plant resprouts and seed germination is enhanced by some fire cue (chamise).

Frequent fire followers: Annuals. Seed germination enhanced by some fire cue (snapdragon).

Top 10 2008
  1. dicentra chrysantha - golden eardrops
  2. dichelostemma capitatum - blue dicks, or wild hyacinth
  3. lotus scoparius - california broom
  4. calochortus weedii - weed's mariposa lily
  5. phacelia minor - wild canterbury bells
  6. antirrhinum nuttallianum - nuttall's snapdragon
  7. salvia columbariae - chia
  8. chaenactis artemisiifolia - white pincushion
  9. chorizanthe fimbriata - fringed spineflower
  10. helianthemum scoparium - rock rose, or rush rose

Runner's up 2008
  1. keckiella cordifolia - heart-leaf penstemon
  2. eriophyllum confertiflorum - golden yarrow
  3. camissonia californica - california primrose
  4. calystegia macrostegia - morning glory
  5. antirrhinum kelloggii - twining snapdragon

What's Missing?
  1. lupinus hirsutissimus - stinging lupine
    • There were a few stinging lupine around in spring 2008, but they weren't in any photos so weren't prevalent like the rest in the list.

Gallery and Slideshow
  1. Top fire followers
  2. April 2008
  3. June 2008