Southern California Exotics
Common names

These are species that are occasionally seen near the beginnings of trails or open places in proximity to populated areas where they are likely to be garden escapes. I include them here because they might be of interest to people who wonder what they are and think they might be native species.


African cornflag (Chasmanthe floribunda)
African daisy (Osteospermum ecklonis)
Azalea, Common (Rhododendron sp.)
Baja fairy duster (Calliandra californica)
Bengal dayflower (Commelina benghalensis)
Bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
Bottlebrush (Callistemon sp.)
Brazilian plume (Justicia aurea)
Bush anenome (Carpenteria californica)
Cape honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis)
Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Firethorn (Pyracantha sp.)
Flamegold (Koelreuteria elegans)
Gaillardia (Gaillardia sp.)
Gazania (Gazania sp.)
Golden wattle (Acacia longifolia)
Hemerocallis (Hemerocallis sp.)
Hibiscus, Common (Hibiscus sp.)
Honeysuckle, Cape (Tecomaria capensis)
Jade plant (Crassula argentea)
Jasmine (Jasminum tortuosum)
Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa)
Lantana (Lantana montevidensis)
Mexican bush marigold (Tagetes lemmonii)
Mexican bush sage,
    [Common] (Salvia leucantha)
    Purple (Salvia leucantha cv. "Midnight")
Mexican evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa)
Myoporum (Myoporum laetum)
Naked ladies (Amaryllis belladona)
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Orange clock vine (Thunbergia gregorii)
Passionflower (Passiflora sp.)
Pelargonium (Pelargonium sp.)
Pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
Pride of madeira (Echium fastuosum)
Red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana)
Statice (Limonium sinuatum)
Stenomesson (Stenomesson incarnatum)
Tomato, Common (Lycopersicon esculentum)
Yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus)
Yellow flax (Reinwardtia indica)
Yellow trumpet flower (Tecoma stans)


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